New FDA FSMA Rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods and adherence to them

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the process of finalising food safety rules. A major part of these rules is devoted to the ways by which to ensure scientific and safe transportation and logistics food transportation. The FDA is required to establish rules for that improve, audit and enforce new rules relating to food transportation. This is something required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), under congressional instructions.

Many aspects of food transportation come under the ambit of these new FSMA Rules. These include:

–       Foods not completely enclosed by a container

–       Prevention and reduction in adulteration and risk

–       Personnel training and certification for this purpose

–       Inspecting food and collecting data

–       Maintaining compliance and reporting about its evidence.

How to do this right?

Comprehension of all the FDA FSMA Rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods is necessary and important for organizations that work in food transportation. They also need to know how to implement these rules. It is this understanding that GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance, will offer at a seminar it is organizing.

The Director of this two-day seminar is John Ryan, President, TransCert, QualityInFoodSafety, RyanSystems. To gain insights into how to understand all the aspects of the FDA FSMA Rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods and to understand how to comply with them, just register for this session by visiting http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900810?wordpress-SEO . This seminar has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion

At this seminar, the Director will arm participants with an understanding of the legal requirements of food transportation and how to develop a company plan that meets the expectations and requirements of both its customers and the FDA. Also offered is total understanding and review of the ways of establishing the right temperature monitoring, sanitation, container test and traceability, training and data reporting procedures.

Technological aspects of FDA FSMA Rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods

Technological aspects of food transportation are gaining importance. These include new low cost GPS enabled traceability and temperature monitoring technology, EPA approved container sanitizers, washout technologies, temperature maintenance equipment, and food residue and bio-contaminant testing. FDA FSMA Rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods have a close relationship with these. The Director of this seminar will take these up for examination.

In reviewing the future of transportation food safety in the light of new and evolving technologies; the Director will dot the seminar with references to upcoming technology providers and provide Internet links to detailed information on the same.

This seminar is immensely useful for food supply chain logistics and food safety and security personnel whose primary responsibilities include management, sanitation, quality and operations. Those involved with handling incoming and outgoing food shipments, maintaining transportation equipment and tools, and purchasing or selling will also derive high value out of this seminar.

Article on FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance

FDA-regulated industries electronic signatures and other records are considered authentic. From 2007, a strong body of opinion has emerged challenging the stringency of these requirements, but nothing major has been diluted from these.

The regulations under FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance set out criteria that the Food and Drug Agency (FDA) considers in order to deem electronic signatures authentic. The electronic records, electronic signatures, and handwritten signatures executed to electronic records of several FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance sets out benchmarks by which FDA-regulated industries have to be compliant with the standards set out in FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance to prove that these are authentic, safe and trustworthy. The operative factor is that the FDA has to consider these signatures as being on par with those done on paper.

Which industries are included in FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance?

FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance applies to nearly all FDA-regulated industries, including but not restricted to:

  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Drug makers
  • CROs
  • Biotech companies, and
  • Biologics developers

The Aim of FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance

The aim of FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance is to ensure that specified FDA-regulated industries such as those mentioned above (with specific exceptions) implement controls -which could include audits, audit trails, documentation, system validations, and electronic signatures -for software and systems involved in processing electronic data that are:

  • Required to be maintained by the FDA predicate rules or
  • Used to demonstrate compliance to a predicate rule. The FDA describes a predicate rule as any requirement set forth in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Public Health Service Act, or any FDA regulation other than Part 11. FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance also applies to submissions made to the FDA in electronic format, such as a new drug application.

Which industries are exempt from FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance?

Interestingly, exceptions are allowed within the same industry, based on the format of filing. For example, while FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance applies to submissions made to the FDA in electronic format; it does not apply to a paper submission for the same made in electronic format, such as fax.

Also, FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance is not required for record retention for trace backs by food manufacturers. Similar to the logic used in the mode of filing as noted above; most food manufacturers are not otherwise explicitly required to keep detailed records, but when organizations keep electronic documentation for HACCP and similar requirements; this documentation must meet these requirements.

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Software Validation Process for 21 CFR Part 11

Software Validation Process for 21 CFR Part 11 is all about authenticity and integrity of electronic signatures and records. Care should be taken to avoid confusion and get validation right.

The FDA’s Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is a collection of laws that regulate the various government agencies. Different titles of the CFR govern respective regulated areas.

What is 21 CFR Part 11?

Codes contained in21 CFR Part 11 relate to electronic records and approval signatures, which are digital versions of paper documents and handwritten signatures. 21 CFR Part 11enables

  • A paper record to be replaced by an electronic record
  • Any handwritten signature to be replaced with an electronic signature
  • The software of these systems to be validated, so that the authenticity of electronic signatures can be proven
  • An organization to implement good business practices.

Why is software validation process for 21 CFR Part 11 necessary?

With the widespread proliferation, reach and prevalence of the use of computers; it is a given that people would like to use electronic records instead of paper records. CFRs became necessary as records graduated to the electronic format, because of which validation of these signatures for their authenticity also became necessary.

An intrinsic part of SOPs

The software validation process for 21 CFR Part 11 is enshrined in the regulated company’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), which describe the way in which processes are to be performed. In the course of implementation of the software validation process for 21 CFR Part 11; any paper record, inclusive of signatures, is to be replaced with an electronic one, given that the computer system is validated and has appropriate features.

Primary areas software validation process for 21 CFR Part 11 compliance

21 CFR Part 11 compliance consists of three primary areas:

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Adherence to GMP is absolutely essential for Quality Control and Contract Laboratories

It is absolutely essential for contract laboratories to maintain the required standards of Quality Control because of the risk their process involves: After testing and approval, drug products and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) are released to the market without further check.

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This fact is the primary reason for which regulatory agencies such as the FDA, EMA and many others place the highest emphasis and priority on inspections of QC laboratories. This is also one of the main reasons for which a huge number of QC related 483’s and Warning Letters get issued to companies that have problems with their implementation, despite the existence of cGMP regulations for a long time.

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Helping to understand and imbibe GMP

A complete understanding of GMP for Quality Control and contact laboratories will be offered at a two-day seminar that GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas, will be organizing. Dr. Ludwig Huber, Chief Advisor – Global FDA compliance at Agilent Technologies, will be the Director at this seminar.

To gain the benefit of this learning, please register for this seminar by visiting http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900698SEMINAR. This seminar has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

The regulatory background and guidelines

At this highly interactive two-day seminar, Dr. Huber will offer to participants the regulatory background and guidelines needed for all critical areas of GMP compliance. He will update them with the latest requirements of this compliance document, which will help them understand and implement these.

As a result of the learning gained at this two-day course, participants will be able to:

  • Learn about the regulatory background and GMP requirements for quality control and contract laboratories
  • Understand and be able to explain their company’s quality plan or laboratory compliance master plan
  • Understand the difference between GMP and non-GMP laboratories
  • Learn how to develop inspection ready documentation
  • Be able to train others in their organization on GMP requirements
  • Learn how to avoid and/or respond to the FDA inspectional observations and Warning Letters.

A practical session

In addition, the Director will also be providing participants with templates and examples with which they can develop inspection-ready documentation. Another of the highlights of this session is that practical examples and interactive exercises will be sprinkled into and between the presentations, with half of the duration of the seminar being dedicated for practical sessions.

Taking the interactive element a step further, Dr. Huber will arrange participants into small groups for the purpose of discussing case studies and prepare the answers using prepared fill-in templates. Yet another bonus of this session is that after the course, Dr. Huber will make a large variety of tools such as SOPs, validation examples and checklists readily available on a dedicated website so that those who have attended this seminar can use them to easily implement what they have learned from the course.

Globalcompliancepanel Successfully Completed Seminar in Los Angeles -New FDA FSMA Rules

New FDA FSMA Rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods

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Globalcompliancepanel Successfully Completed Seminar in Philadelphia-Design of Experiments and Statistical Process

Design of Experiments and Statistical Process Control for Process Development and Validation

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Getting Design of Experiments and Statistical Process Control right for Process Development and Validation

Procedures must be used in the application of DOE and SPC to the development, design and monitoring of manufacturing and testing processes. Why this needs to be done is because the FDA has, in a recent guidance document on Process Validation, assigned the responsibility for reviewing and interpreting DOE and SPC studies to the Quality Unit.

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Going about doing this work requires a practical orientation. It calls for an approach with case studies and examples. A seminar that is being organized by GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas, will provide just this and fulfill this requirement.

Dr. Steven Kuwahara, Founder and Principal, GXP BioTechnology LLC, will be the Director at this two-day session. To enroll for this valuable session, please register by logging on to http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900701SEMINAR. This seminar has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

An interactive session

Dr. Kuwahara will offer theoretical information introduced only when necessary to understand an experiment. A highly interactive and practical session; this seminar offers examples from real processes and testing procedures and present the participants with examples that will be directly applicable to their work.

For any pharmaceutical worker who performs, supervises or reviews manufacturing or testing processes, an understanding of the relationships among the process parameters and the ability to monitor the performance of processes and test methods are necessary. This is all the truer of the worker in Quality Control and Quality Assurance in view of the recent FDA guidance document on Process Validation.

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This work, however, is done by the development, manufacturing, or quality systems worker. So, synchrony between these two levels of employees is needed. This course will equip these two levels of employees with the knowledge of how to design the systems and studies, and interpret the results generated.