The Validation Manager

21-23 October 2015, Barcelona, Spain

Seminar-Nr. 9322


Lynn Bryan
Ballygan Consulting, UK
Dr Line Lundsberg
Lundsberg Consulting Ltd, U.K.
Dr Norbert Skuballa
Biologische Arzneimittel Heel, Germany
Dr Wolfgang Schumacher
Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland


For years, the topic validation/qualification has been among the top deviations in FDA‘s warning letter statistics. This is true both of pharmaceutical manufacturers and of the API industry. Other frequent citations refer to the related topics cleaning validation and change control. What is also checked during inspections – and mentioned in warning letters – is computer validation. In order to give you an overview of the cGMP requirements and an update regarding the revised Annex 15 on the whole range of validation / qualification, we have designed the practice-oriented 3-day GMP Education Course “Validation Manager” for you. In many pharmaceutical and API enterprises, the Validation Manager has become an established function.

One focus will be on the new FDA Guidance on Process Validation. What are differences, what are similarities to European validation guidelines?

Parallel workshops on risk analysis and detailed case studies on qualification and validation help to consolidate the theory and demonstrate the practical implementation.


The addressees of the event are qualified staff charged with or responsible for validation activities such as commissioners for validation, heads of quality assurance, department heads, etc. It also addresses members of validation teams (e.g. engineers, chemists, pharmacists, microbiologists) as well as representatives of the plant engineering industry and consultants.
Note: The number of participants is limited to 40 persons.

The participants receive the “GMP Inspectors Guide Validation/Qualification Aide

Validation/Qualification Aide Memoire (GMP Inspectors Guide) developed by the Central Authority of the Länder for Health Protection with regard to Medicinal Products and Medical Devices (ZLG) – English translation. This 52 page document covers the whole spectrum of validation and qualification (including Cleaning Validation, Validation of Analytical Procedures and Change Control). The Aide Memoire is really helpful as a tool to prepare for an Authority’s GMP Inspection.



Regulatory Requirements on Qualification / Validation Aspects - From history to PAT
EU GMP guideline and annexes
Revision of Annex 15 – what is new?
PIC/S guidelines
Systematics of plant qualification and process
New approaches to validation
The FDA Guidance on Process Validation

Industrial View

Risk Assessment
Why is risk assessment necessary?
Risk assessment techniques
Case study

Validation Master Plan
Differences between PIC/S and Annex 15
New requirements regarding Annex 15 revision
Validation Master Plan and Lost Guide

Why do we do this - history
Update Annex 15 requirements
DQ, IQ, OQ, PQ – how the stages of validation fit together
How to handle qualification logistics?
Qualification of equipment in use

The validation life cycle
Prospective vs concurrent validation
Is retrospective validation still allowed ?
Are 3 runs still valid ?
What does Hybrid Approach mean?
Revalidation vs Continued Process Verification and Ongoing Process Verification
Similarities/differences between process validation expectations in US and EU
Computer Validation
Organisation of computer validation
Classification (GAMP® 5)
Risk analysis
Change control
Legacy systems

Cleaning Validation
Validation protocol
Risk assessment
Which limits are acceptable?
The new PDE approach in Annex 15 revision
Case study

Qualification/Validation in the Field of API
Guidelines focused on qualification/validation aspects for API production
GMP requirements for qualification/validation in the field of API manufacturing
- Differences to drug manufacturing
- Retrospective qualification
- Revalidation
- Pitfalls

Change Management
Technical change management
Regulatory change management
Change management documentation
Update Annex 15 requirements

Workshops: We offer four parallel workshops.
You can take part in one of the workshops.

Workshop 1: Organisation of Validation
An interactive workshop to find out and discuss how
validation activities can be implemented in an existing QM System and how to write a Validation Master Plan

Workshop 2: Risk Assessment Qualification
In the workshop you look at risk assessment associated with qualification activities in a typical production environment. You will assess a new filling line as per the ISPE baseline guide to create an impact assessment plan. This plan will then be translated into requirements for validation and the resultant tests associated with the validation steps of DQ through to OQ.

Workshop 3: Risk Assessment Process Validation
An interactive workshop with practical examples and exercises on the application of Quality Risk Management for validation of a tabletting process

Workshop 4: Risk Assessment Cleaning Validation
An interactive workshop to find out and discuss GMP-relevant aspects of the validation of cleaning with the focus on calculating of acceptance criteria.

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