Data Integrity Assessment
Data Integrity Violations are a real and serious risk for Quality labs. Astrix Technology Group provides services and consulting that can mitigate the risk of your lab receiving data integrity violations. Citing a “troubling” trend of violations involving data integrity “increasingly” being observed in cGMP inspections, the FDA published a draft guidance document entitled “Data Integrity and Compliance With cGMP” in April of 2016 in an effort to clarify the Agency’s current thinking on the creation and handling of data in accordance with cGMP requirements for pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Most recently, the MHRA in the United Kingdom published (March 2018) a draft guidance document entitled “’GXP’ Data Integrity Guidance and Definitions” that is intended to be a useful resource on the core elements of a compliant data governance system across all GxP sectors for organizations regulated by MHRA.
The expectation of regulatory agencies is that all regulated data be maintained in a state which is attributable, legible, contemporaneously recorded, original (or a true copy), and accurate (ALCOA). Many companies fail to employ robust systems with built-in features that inhibit data integrity failures. If you are wondering how to ensure that your laboratory systems and staff comply with the FDA’s data integrity mandates, Astrix can help.
Astrix provides experienced professionals knowledgeable about FDA regulations to conduct a thorough assessment of your laboratory informatics environment to identify data integrity risks.
Working with an external consultant that has expertise in data integrity evaluations to audit your laboratory environment is best practice, as an expert with fresh eyes will be able to effectively locate data integrity issues you missed. Our expert Consultants will work with your staff to evaluate the following items during a data integrity assessment:
- Review of existing Software Validation Lifecycle policies, SOPs, etc.
- Identification of paper data, electronic data, raw data, and static and dynamic data
- Intended use of computer systems (e.g., SOPs, workflows, etc.)
- Use of notebooks and forms associated with computer systems
- System security and access to data (e.g., user types, groups, roles, accounts, etc.)
- Electronic signatures and audit trails
- Data retention policies and availability of data
- Data backup, archive, restore and recovery processes
- Training for support and use computer systems that collect, generate, store, analyze, and/or report regulated data
Assessment Summary Report
After completion of the assessment, our Consultant will write an Assessment Summary Report to identify gaps and issues related to data integrity as well as recommended remediation activities and improvements as they relate to the use of both paper and electronic data associated with your organization’s intended use of regulated computer systems.
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If you would like to have Astrix conduct a data integrity assessment in your laboratory, or if you would like to have a free, no-obligations consultation with an Astrix data integrity specialist during your project planning and budgeting phase, please contact us here.