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1Basic Principles of GMP Quality ManagementIn this section of the programme we are going to address all the issues relating to the quality management of pharmaceutical manufacturing.Note for the Trainer: these times are very approximate. As part of the preparation phase, the trainer will need to get an understanding of the audience and any special issues involved such as language ability. The times for the different sections may then have to be altered accordingly.The programme is approximately as follows:Presentation 30 minutesGroup session I 20 minutes with 20 minutes for feedbackGroup session II 30 minutes with 30 minutes feed backTest paper 45 minutesThe timing for the test paper allows 25 minutes for the test itself and the remaining time for a review of the answers.The timing is flexible since this is a very important area. We want to ensure that the participants really understand this subject.Part One
2Quality Management Objectives To understand key issues in quality assurance/quality control.To understand specific requirements on organization, procedures, processes and resources.To develop actions to resolve your current problems.In this session we want you to achieve the following:1. To understand the key issues in relation to quality assurance and quality control.2. To understand the special needs in terms of organization, procedures, processes and resources, including staffing.3. In your group session, to look at the special situations and problems that you face in these areas in your country, and to develop practical solutions.This area of work is potentially difficult because of the need to understand clearly the difference between quality management, quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC).We will be looking at the issues that can arise in implementation, and at your own experiences.We will consider questions such as what to do about the owner of a factory who insists on appointing his/her son or daughter, who is not qualified, into a position of responsibility, and what to do about a factory that insists that it can manufacture penicillin products without cross-contamination risk, in the same equipment and premises used for manufacture of other types of product.
3Quality Management Quality Management Determines and implements the “quality policy”The basic elements are:an appropriate infrastructure or “quality system” encompassing the Procedures, Processes, and Resourcesthe systematic actions necessary to ensure adequate confidence that a product (or service) will satisfy given requirements for “Quality”The totality of these actions is termed “Quality Assurance”We shall be looking in detail at the quality management issues mentioned during the Introduction to this training programme. As we indicated then, quality management is defined in the WHO GMP texts.The definition given there is in conformance with the definition contained in the international standard ISO 9000, standard established by the International Standards Organization, aimed at ensuring that an organization has a quality management system and that it complies with all aspects of that system.Quality management is defined as the aspect of management function that determines and implements the quality policy. (There is a handout available if thought useful.)The quality policy is a statement by the top management of the company of its overall intentions and direction relating to quality, formally expressed as a corporate policy. The top management of a company usually includes the board of directors or general manager of the company, the plant or factory managers together with the senior managers.There are two basic elements of this aspect of the management function of a pharmaceutical company:A working infrastructure = quality system. This includes:Organizational structureProceduresProcessesResourcesA company needs to have a plan to develop all these items and a statement of its intent to carry out that plan. It is only when all the elements of the plan have been carried out that there is a system of quality management in place. Any company or organization making pharmaceuticals should show that there is a structure – an organization dedicated to making the products correctly. This structure must have the backing of the most senior management of the company to be sure that it will succeed.Systematic actions to bring the quality policy to life. The totality of these actions is termed quality assurance (QA).Inside an organization, QA is a management tool. In contractual situations, it provides confidence in the supplier. An important part of the systematic actions is the availability of a complete system of standard operating procedures. These are normally known as SOPs. They describe all the actions that need to be taken in a standardized way. This means that everyone involved in pharmaceutical manufacturing has a book of procedures that guides them in the way that they should do their job. It provides a standardized way of working.Part One
4Quality Management Quality Management Terminology may differ “Quality System” is said to be rarely used in drug manufacturingThe concepts of QA, GMP and Quality Control are interrelated aspects of Quality Management.They are described on the following slides in order to emphasize their relationship and their fundamental importance to the production and control of pharmaceutical productsTerminology may differ.“Quality System” is increasingly being used in drug manufacturing and is on the increase because of the influence of ISO 9000, a model for a Quality SystemThe concepts of QA, GMP and Quality Control are interrelated aspects of Quality Management.They are described on the following slides in order to emphasize their relationship and their fundamental importance to the production and control of pharmaceutical products.This is an important relationship and 4 of the multiple choice questions will investigate your understanding of the relationships!Part One
5Principles of Quality Assurance Quality ManagementPrinciples of Quality AssuranceWide-ranging conceptcovers all matters that individually or collectively influence the quality of a productTotality of the arrangementsto ensure that the drug is of the right quality for the intended useQuality Assurance incorporates GMPand also product design and development which is outside the scope of this moduleQA is a wide-ranging concept that covers all matters that individually or collectively influence the quality of a product.Therefore QA is not the duty of one organizational unit in the company alone, but is the responsibility of all staff members who in any way can influence product quality.Part One 1.1
6Requirements for QA Systems – I Quality ManagementRequirements for QA Systems – I1. Ensure products are developed correctly2. Identify managerial responsibilities3. Provide SOPs for production and control4. Organize supply and use of correct starting materials5. Define controls for all stages of manufacture and packagingBasically, QA covers at least the 9 points in 1.2A lot more detail on each of these topics will follow during the course of this training programme. However, this list may serve as a basis to determine whether each element of GMP has been addressed.A comprehensive QA system has to be developed and implemented which fulfils a number of requirements:1. It must ensure that products are formulated and developed in accordance with quality assurance principles. Product quality begins with the development process. All of the development work should be undertaken with a commitment to quality assurance. This will enable easier adherence to quality assurance principles in the other areas of manufacturing.2. It must identify all management responsibilities, with written job descriptions and organization diagrams. This will assist in ensuring that there are sufficient qualified and experienced people available who have the correct training to carry out their responsibilities.3. It must provide SOPs for all manufacturing and testing methods. Written procedures are essential for all aspects of manufacturing and supply. They should state what should be done and how.4. It must ensure that there are up-to-date written procedures for the supply and use of all starting and packaging materials. These will include all the procedures relating to purchasing, reception, sampling and testing of materials.5. It must ensure that there are up-to-date, written procedures to control all starting materials, intermediate and bulk products. Proper management of all the handling and storage of materials is essential. This must apply to all materials whether incoming, intermediate or finished goods for sale.Part One 1.2 a-j
7Requirements for QA Systems – II Quality ManagementRequirements for QA Systems – II6. Ensure finished product correctly processed and checked before release7. Ensure products are released after review by authorized person8. Provide storage and distribution9. Organize self-inspection6. A QA system must also ensure that there are written, up-to-date SOPs describing how the product is to be processed and checked.7. It must ensure that no product is released for distribution before it has been checked by the authorized person. These checks are that the product has been produced and controlled in accordance with the established SOPs and the requirements of the marketing authorization. The registered product details will state what the standards are that the product must meet.8. It must ensure that appropriate conditions are provided for all storage and distribution. During product development, stability testing will have been done. This will indicate the conditions under which the product must be stored. Normally, there is a specification for temperature and humidity. Sometimes there is also a specification for exposure to light and other parameters. Arrangements should be in place throughout the storage and distribution chain to ensure that the product will not be exposed to conditions that could adversely affect it.9. A QA system must ensure that there is a self-inspection process available and implemented, leading to a programme of critical self-evaluation and continuous improvement. A very important part of the management of the manufacturing operation is the means of auditing the operation for its compliance with all the GMP requirements. The auditing is done at several levels within the company. There should be an internal audit function within departments (self-inspection). This is backed up by quality audit, an independent internal organization, charged with looking at all departments and assessing the application of the quality system within a company.The ultimate auditing organization is the external auditing organization. This is normally the drug regulatory authority inspection or audit. See section 9.Duties and responsibilities for the individual tasks need to be clearly defined and assigned to departments and individuals. This should be done in writing. Again, this is all part of the SOP process. Every department involved in quality assurance should have SOPs that describe its activities and who is responsible for carrying out those activities.Part One 1.2 a-j
8Quality Management GMP Ensure that products are consistently produced and controlledDiminishes risks that cannot be controlled by testing of productCross-contaminationMix-upsGood Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is the part of quality assurance that ensures that products are produced and controlled consistently and reliably. This consistency of production and control is essential. It can only come about by having clear descriptions of the way in which the work will be done.GMP specifically addresses risks that cannot be fully controlled by testing of the final product:Cross-contaminationMix-upsThese risks can best be controlled by having a properly managed system of working that takes them into account. This means that there must be good design, sound operation, and planned maintenance of facilities. It also means that the quality checking system must be designed with these risks in mind and set out to find whether any errors have occurred. Let us look at this problem in another way. If we do not know what sort of cross contamination we have, then the work of the analyst is very difficult. The analyst should ideally know what to test for before commencing testing. In other words, if we do not know what the likely cross-contaminant is then we cannot analyse for it.There are a number of basic requirements for GMP, which we shall look at next.Part One 2.1 a-j
9Basic Requirements for GMP – I Quality ManagementBasic Requirements for GMP – I1. Clearly defined and systematically reviewed processes2. Critical steps validated3. Appropriate resources: personnel, buildings, equipment, materials4. Clearly written procedures5. Trained operatorsBasic requirements for GMP are as follows:1. Clearly defined and systematically reviewed manufacturing processes. This means that all batch documentation, all quality specifications and all relevant SOPs must be prepared in harmony with one another. It also means that all departments involved must be aware of the work of the other departments in order to eliminate discrepancies. Finally, the quality control staff acting as the overall coordinator of all these activities should be involved in all decisions related to the quality of the production. It is their responsibility to ensure that the activities are aimed at producing products that meet the required specifications. The specifications are approved by the drug regulatory authority.2. Critical steps of production processes are validated. Since there is variability in the quality of materials and in the performance of the equipment, we need to check whether the process works with all the variability that can arise. This process of checking and documenting variability is known as validation. It means that the company must have sufficient knowledge of its materials, equipment and processes that it knows what variables are likely to arise. It can then carry out controlled experiments to ensure that whatever variables do occur, they can still produce products meeting specifications. Validation is also required if there is a change in any part of the process, materials or equipment used in the manufacturing.3. Appropriate resources: personnel, buildings, equipment and materials are available to produce a quality product. This means that the company has evaluated all of the elements it needs to produce a product and has sufficient resources of the right quality for its production.4. Manufacturing is based on clearly written procedures. The procedures referred to here include the batch manufacturing and testing instructions and the SOPs needed for every department. Preparing these procedures and documents is a very important task that needs careful thought. The module on documentation goes into this in more detail.5. Operators are trained. A company can have "all the documentation in the world" but if its operators are not properly trained to carry out the tasks that they are supposed to perform then the company will not be successful. We will talk more about this in the session on personnel. Operators not only need initial training but also follow-up training.Part One 2.1 a-j
10Basic Requirements for GMP – II Quality ManagementBasic Requirements for GMP – II6. Complete records, failure investigations7. Proper storage and distribution8. Recall system9. Complaint handlingBasic requirements for GMP are as follows:6. Complete records document the manufacturing process. Failure investigations are carried out if quality problems come up. In the same way that the company has documentation specifying how it is to make and test the products, it must also have records that show what is actually done each time it makes and tests those products. These records are very important because in the future they show what was done, by whom and whether the work conformed to the standards. If there is cause to check back, then the records will enable the company and the inspector to look at what happened at the time. If failures are reported, such as product complaints, then a review of the records will enable effective action to be taken to prevent the problem from re-occurring. We will look at the great learning opportunity that failure investigations offer us later.7. Proper storage and distribution of the products. When a product is developed, stability testing is undertaken in order to determine the storage conditions and its shelf-life. Proper storage and distribution of the product minimize risks to their quality.8. A recall system providing a final safety net, in case quality problems are detected after release of the product. If a product in the market is found to be defective, there needs to be a means of getting that product off the market. This is a recall. Recalls can be done in different ways and with different degrees of severity, depending upon the reason for the recall. Usually the recall procedure will need to be agreed with the drug regulatory authority of each country where the product is sold.9. Complaint handling procedures are established to react to feedback from the market. For those products that develop quality problems while marketed a complaint handling procedure is required. If the customer's complaint is related to some aspect of manufacturing, then it is worth investigating and, where necessary, taking some action to improve the process to prevent re-occurrence.Part One 2.1 a-j
11Quality Management Group session - I How many GMP deficiencies can you find in the photographs in the handout?This brings us to our topic for this group session.We want you to identify the influences that the following situations may have on a company’s management system. We would like to know what action you would propose to counter any negative effects.Please use a brainstorming technique to bring out all the possible problems quickly and then start to focus on the most important using your own practical experiences.Your team here will move around the groups, so please use them to help on any difficult issues.Your allocated groups are now up on the board, together with the room allocated. Please get there quickly to make maximum use of the time.We will meet here again at _____________.
12Quality relationships Quality ManagementQuality relationshipsQuality ManagementQuality AssuranceGMPQuality ControlIt is worthwhile repeating the relationships between the different levels of quality management.We have a cascade arrangement:Quality management, defining the overall policy of the organization towards quality, is over everything else.Next comes quality assurance, which is the concept that ensures the policy is achieved.GMP is part of quality assurance. It deals with the risks that cannot be tested. It builds quality into the product.Quality control is a part of GMP. It is that part of GMP that is focused on testing of the environment and facilities, as well as the testing of the materials, components and product in accordance with the standard.Part One 1, 2 and 3
13Quality Management Quality Control (QC) QC is part of GMP The following QC slides illustrate that quality control is part of good manufacturing practice.There is a handout to accompany these slides on quality control.
14Quality Control (QC) Department Quality ManagementQuality Control (QC) DepartmentEach holder of a manufacturing authorization should have a QC DepartmentIndependence from production and other departments is considered to be fundamentalUnder the authority of an appropriately qualified and experienced person with one or several control laboratories at his or her disposal.Each holder of a manufacturing authorization should have a quality control department (except for a holder performing only a fraction of the manufacturing process under a contract).The independence of quality control from production is considered fundamental. The quality control department should be independent fromother departments and under the authority of a person with appropriate qualifications and experience, who has one or several control laboratories at his disposal.Part One 3.2
15Basic Requirements for Quality Control Quality ManagementBasic Requirements for Quality ControlResourcesAdequate facilitiesTrained personnelApproved proceduresThe quality control department must have adequate resources.This means:Adequate laboratory facilities or access to them e.g. government or contract laboratoriesAppropriately qualified, trained and experienced personnelApproved written procedures.Part One 3.2
16Basic Requirements for Quality Control Quality ManagementBasic Requirements for Quality ControlTasksSamplingInspectingTestingMonitoringReleasing/rejectingThe operational tasks of the quality control department are:SamplingInspectingAnalytical testingMonitoring of all materials and environmental conditions in the factoryReleasing or rejecting materials for production use and finished productsPart One 3.2
17Basic Requirements for Quality Control - I Quality ManagementBasic Requirements for Quality Control - IObjectsStarting materialsPackaging materialsIntermediatesBulk productsFinished productsEnvironmental conditionsThe objects of these activities are:Starting materialsPackaging materialsIntermediatesBulk productsFinished productsEnvironmental conditionsPart One 3.2
18Basic Requirements for Quality Control – II Quality ManagementBasic Requirements for Quality Control – II1. Sampling approved by QC department2. Validated test methods3. Records4. Review and evaluation of production documentation5. Failure investigations for all deviations6. Ingredients comply with the marketing authorizationLet’s look at some of these basic requirements for quality control in greater detail:1. Sampling should be undertaken by methods and personnel approved by the QC department. We described a little earlier the key issues around sampling. It is not a requirement that all sampling needs to be done by quality assurance or quality control personnel. The important point is that it is carried out in such a way that it is representative of the batch and in accordance with an SOP. QC personnel must have access to the production area to undertake sampling when necessary.2. Validated test methods should be applied. The validation of test methods includes verification of: accuracy, precision, linearity, repeatability, robustness, specificity. This means that the test methods should be challenged to be able to demonstrate that the tests are able to give an accurate result on a repeatable basis. The methods must be capable of being applied with precision. The results obtained must be linear over a range of acceptable responses. Finally, the results must be repeatable over a number of identical tests.3. Records for sampling, inspecting, testing of materials, intermediates and bulk and finished products need to be kept. It is essential too that the inspector assesses the records of the work done during processing. This means that there will be traceability on what happened.4. The QC department should review and evaluate the relevant production documentation. This review needs to cover all quality aspects. As part of the documentation procedure, it is important that the quality control department approves all the documentation. This ensures that the manufacturing documentation and the quality assurance documentation are in harmony.5. The QC department should generate or review records for deviations and failure investigations. As batches are produced, it is important that all deviations from the normal manufacturing procedure are recorded or documented. Any impact on product quality must be assessed. It may be that additional product testing is required. It may be that additional stability testing is necessary.6. Ingredients must comply with the qualitative and quantitative composition of the finished product as approved in the marketing authorization. It is most important that the materials used in manufacture comply with the details registered in the marketing authorization. It is on this basis that the product was developed and that all the stability testing has been carried out. All the clinical trials have also been completed using materials of a consistent specification. The product has been registered using those sources and quality of materials.Part One 3.2 b – e
19Basic Requirements for Quality Control – III Quality ManagementBasic Requirements for Quality Control – III7. Ingredients are of the required purity8. Proper containers9. Correct labelling10. Release of batches by the authorized person11. Retained samples of starting materials and productsSuccessful quality control also requires that:7. Ingredients are of the required purity. We have already talked about the reasons for ensuring that the starting materials are of the specified quality. Without it the company will be unable to ensure that the rest of the process can be carried out with success.8. Proper containers are used. During development of the product, care will have been taken to test the compatibility of the product with the container. Testing will have been undertaken to determine the effectiveness of the container in ensuring that product stability is maintained. The use of non-compliant or non-approved containers would mean that the product shelf-life cannot be guaranteed.9. Labelling of in-house materials and finished product is correct. In some countries more than half of all product recalls are caused by incorrect printed components. These failures can be due to a variety of causes. These range from mix-ups in the printed components during printing or labelling and packing, to text errors in the printing which have not been identified. These same errors can also occur in-house if insufficient care is taken.10.Batches are released by the authorized person. Release of batches of finished product should only occur after the authorized person has certified that production and quality control have been completed in accordance with the requirements of the marketing authorization.11. Samples of starting materials and products and retained. Sufficient retention samples of the starting materials and the finished product in its final pack should be kept for one year past the expiry date. This is to allow for an evaluation of the product after it has been distributed should there be a need. It will also allow ongoing stability trials to be done. These samples help to control that the product conforms with the requirements during the entire shelf-life.Part One 3.2 e – h
20Other Duties of the Quality Control Department Quality ManagementOther Duties of the Quality Control Department1. Establish QC procedures2. Reference standards3. Correct labelling4. Stability testing5. Complaint investigations6. Environmental monitoringIn addition to those already mentioned, the QC department has other duties to carry out, including:1. Establishing, validating and implementing all QC procedures. All QC procedures need not only to be established in the first instance but also to undergo exactly the same critical review and maintenance process as operating procedures in all other areas.2. Evaluating, maintaining, storing reference standards. Reference standards are among the most critical materials that QC has to handle. After all, the results of much testing rely upon comparison with an analytical reference standard. If that reference standard has not been looked after properly then all the test results may be incorrect.3. Ensuring correct labelling of containers of materials and products. We have already mentioned just how critical this activity is. The major difficulty is the problem of seeing that an error has occurred. You are looking at a situation where there are thousands of components often being processed at high speed. It is nearly impossible for operators to see that an error has occurred. Systems must be in operation as the main safeguard. If equipment such as bar code readers are in operation it must be regularly checked for effectiveness.4. Stability testing of active ingredients and finished products. A stability-testing programme should be developed for all products, described in the form of an SOP. Stability of active pharmaceutical ingredients should be monitored. Active ingredients should be regularly tested within their shelf-life to confirm suitability for continued use. The quality control department should have a very clear role in ensuring that samples are taken for the ongoing stability testing programme and that analysis is undertaken at the right time.5. Participating in complaint investigations. We will be devoting a whole module to the importance of complaint and recall handling. It is worth repeating that complaints offer an opportunity for the company to learn from mistakes or product design failures. In this way actions can be taken to prevent re-occurrence.6. Participating in environmental monitoring. There are many sides to environmental monitoring. With regard to products, the environment that we are referring to here is that which can immediately affect product quality. E.g.., swab testing and settle plates in a sterile area, testing of temperature and humidity control. There is another environment that needs to be looked at. External environment checks may be needed.Part One 3.3
21Assessment of Finished Products Quality ManagementAssessment of Finished ProductsShould embrace all relevant factors. For example:production conditionsin-process test resultsmanufacturing documentationcompliance with finished product specificationexamination of the finished packAssessment of finished products should embrace all relevant factors, including the production conditions, the results of in-process testing, the manufacturing (including packing), documentation, compliance with the specification for the finished product, and an examination of the finished pack.Part One 3.4
22Quality Management QC Access QC Personnel MUST have access to production areas for sampling and investigationAs appropriate!QC personnel must have access to production areas for, for example, sampling and inspection. However, this must be balanced because it may not be appropriate, for instance, to have QC staff enter aseptic filling suites, or areas where there is highly potent dangerous material such as oncology (or cytotoxic material) or anovulent hormones.Part One 3.5
23Quality Control - summary Quality ManagementQuality Control - summaryQC is part of GMP - refer to the handoutsamplingspecificationstestingrelease proceduresrecalls and complaintsdecision-making in allquality mattersauthorizationdefinition of product qualitylaboratory operationsrelease decisionsinvestigation and reportingQuality control is the part of GMP that is concerned with sampling, specifications, testing and with organization, documentation and release procedures, using validated methods implemented by trained and experienced personnel.The quality control process is not confined to laboratory operations, but must be applied to all decisions concerning the quality of a product. Quality control staff must therefore sign all manufacturing procedures that are relevant to product quality. Quality control staff will also monitor environmental conditions that have an effect on product quality. Each holder of a manufacturing licence should have a quality control department. This department must have staff who are clearly responsible for all quality control activities. They must have access to suitable facilities to perform all the testing that is required.The independence of quality control from production is considered fundamental. This means that the quality control manager should not report to the production manager. Likewise, the production manager should not report to the quality control manager. Legislation in different countries deals with this issue in different ways. Quality control departments need sufficient resources to carry out their responsibilities.Adequate resources should include:sufficient numbers of trained and experienced staffan appropriately designed laboratory, suitably equipped to enable all the quality control functions to be carried out in accordance with specifications.Ideally, the head of the quality control department should report directly to the managing director of the company. This means that for key decisions on product quality there is no interference from manufacturing staff. An alternative to this, which might in some circumstances be preferable, is that the quality controller reports to a professionally qualified technical director who is also responsible for production activities. This position does rely on the professionalism of the jobholder. The advantage of this second arrangement is that it encourages a scientific and professional review of the product quality against the standards and product use. This scientific evaluation of the product may not be possible for a chief executive who has no scientific background.All samples must be taken by methods and trained personnel approved by the quality control department. Records must be made of all sampling and testing and any deviations fully recorded and investigated. Samples (when taken) must be representative of the whole batch under consideration. The samples must be taken in accordance with a sampling plan, and in such a way as not to change the quality of the material being sampled. When containers have been sampled, they need to be labelled as such. The equipment used for sampling should be carefully cleaned between use, to ensure that it has no adverse affect on the result of the testing to be done. This cleaning will also assist in preventing cross-contamination. All activities relating to sampling should be described in a SOP, together with the safety precautions required.The quality control department should authorize all documentation that has an effect on product quality. This will include all SOPs as well as master documents for production and quality control batch documentation. A complete review of all batch documentation, relating to production and quality control, should be undertaken before the decision to release the product for sale is taken by the authorized person. The authorized person must check that the product conforms to the established specifications and the registered product details before releasing the product for distribution.The quality control department must retain sufficient samples of all materials in the batch and of the finished product, as described in the relevant SOP. The retained sample is used for ongoing stability testing and to permit, as necessary, a future examination of the product in case of a product complaint or recall. The quantity of the product to be retained will be determined by reference to the stability testing programme and the extent of testing required. Generally, the quantity is at least twice that required for full testing.The quality control department has the responsibility for handling all product complaints and recalls, including the management of any recall procedure, which must be available in the form of a written SOP. This area of activity deals with the less positive aspects of quality management. However, professional handling of any complaints or recalls is extremely important. There is a complete module devoted to this issue in this training programme.Part One 3.1, 3.2
24Quality Management Group session II Imagine you are inspecting a pharmaceutical company for compliance with GMPConsider the situations in the next slides which may impact on a company’s quality management programme.Describe the action to be taken in each caseThis brings us to our topic for this group session.We want you to identify the influences that the following situations may have on a company’s management system. We would like to know what action you would propose to counter any negative effects.Please use a brainstorming technique to bring out all the possible problems quickly and then start to focus on the most important using your own practical experiences.Your team here will move around the groups, so please use them to help on any difficult issues.Your allocated groups are now up on the board together with the room allocated. Please get there quickly to make maximum use of the time.We will meet here again at _____________.
25Quality Management Issues – I Quality Management manual not established in writingLimited human resourcesLack of qualified peopleProcesses not properly validatedPoor SOPs or standard batch documentationMore consideration to cost than qualityFamily members in key positions of authorityIssues to discussImagine that within a company you are inspecting:Quality Management Manual – Senior management will not allow a quality management manual to be created.Limited human Resources – Owners will not recruit sufficient people to undertake the work. Existing staff are harassed and overworked. They are kept under pressure to perform and there are no spare staff with the skills and experience needed. When staff are ill or go on holiday then there are no replacement staff available.Lack of qualified people - Unqualified or inexperienced people are employed in key positions.Processes – Senior staff do not subscribe to the value of validated processes.SOPs – There are few or no SOPs in operation. Those SOPs that do exist are not adhered to.Standard batch documentation – Batch documentation is poor. Different batch sizes are made in inappropriate equipment.Cost is emphasized over quality. The owners of the company do not subscribe to GMP other than the meaning "Get More Product". They see that GMP mean additional costs with no return. They do not subscribe to any moral code in respect of patient health. Any audit is seen as interference with their ability to manage the company the way that they want.Family members play a major part in the company. Inexperienced or unqualified family members are promoted into positions of responsibility for which they are not qualified.Imagine in a company you are inspecting :
26Quality Management Issues – II Substandard materials deliberately purchasedTechnical staff not involved in purchasingInability to re-export substandard materialsOwner insists on selling rejectsCorruptionNo commitment to trainingImagine in a company you are inspecting :Substandard materials are purchased because they are cheap.The technical staff are not involved in the purchasing decisions so inappropriate materials are bought. If material is imported at great cost and then rejected, it can be very difficult to re-export that material for replacement or exchange owing to currency regulations.The owner of the company insists on taking inappropriate decisions about the quality of products that are to be sold.Is there corruption concerning product quality? What do you do if you are offered an inducement not to report GMP deficiencies?Because training costs money, the owner is not prepared to make a commitment to training that is needed.