This process validation procedure (SYS-014) is designed to meet the requirements of ISO 13485:2016, Clause 7.5.6 and 21 CFR 820.75.
Process Validation Procedure
Medical Device Academy’s process validation procedure is intended to meet the requirements of ISO 13485:2016, Clause 7.5.6 for process validation. The procedure also addresses the requirements of 21 CFR 820.75 in the FDA QSR. Process validation is required whenever there is a process that affects product quality that cannot be 100% inspected or where inspection/testing of the medical device would be destructive. For example, sterilization processes must be validated because the sterility testing required to verify that product is sterile is destructive in nature (i.e. the product can no longer be used and is no longer sterile).
Scope of this procedure
The process validation procedure does not include software tool validation which is covered under another procedure (SYS-051) or sterilization validation which is covered in three different sterilization validation procedures:
- SYS-031, EO Sterilization Validation
- SYS-043, Steam Sterilization Validation
- SYS-047, Gamma Sterilization Validation
Medical Device Academy also has a detailed sterilization validation protocol that was created specifically for EO Sterilization (i.e. PRO-001, EO Sterilization Protocol)…the page for purchasing this has not been created yet, but please contact us if you want to buy the protocol.
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Process validation steps
There are four steps in the process for process validation–not three. Most people are familiar with the acronyms IQ, OQ, and PQ. However, you need to understand the purpose of each step in the validation process–not just the acronyms. In addition, it is critical to make sure that you do not skip the process risk analysis step. Not only is process risk analysis required, but any process hazards identified help you design experiments for evaluating various process risk controls to ensure that the product is consistently produced and conforming. These experiments are the core activities during the operational qualification (OQ) phase of process validation. The process validation procedure describes the IQ, OQ, and PQ phases, but process risk management is primarily found in our risk management procedure (SYS-010). The procedure does, however, state:
“Parameters requiring monitoring (e.g., minimum process capability or Cpk) shall be risk-based using documented acceptance criteria for the risk control of process monitoring.”
The video below provides an overview of each phase of the process validation cycle, and please make sure you watch the video until the end. The links provided in the YouTube video description explain where you can purchase the Medical Device Validation Handbook that Rob Packard contributed as an author.
For your convenience, a copy of the Table of Contents for the validation handbook has been added to our website and you can view it by clicking on the image of the book above. As suggested in the video below, in addition to a process validation procedure, you will also need process validation training.
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