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fda expectations for validation of computer systems

FDA Expectations for Validation of Computer Systems

Harold Blackwood

Investigator (Automated Systems Specialist)

FDA Atlanta District

[email protected]

  • Establishing DOCUMENTED EVIDENCE which provides a high degree of assurance that a specific process will consistently produce a product meeting its PREDETERMINED SPECIFICATIONS and quality attributes.
  • Must have knowledge that the process used to make the product, be it software or hardware, is going to produce a product that is consistent from lot to lot, unit to unit.
software validation
Software Validation
  • Establishing by objective evidence that the software conforms with user needs and intended uses of those functions that have been allocated to the software.
software verification
Software Verification
  • Confirmation that the output of a particular phase of development meets all of the input requirements for that phase
  • Verification Activities
    • Testing
    • Walk throughs
    • Code and document inspection
life cycle activities
Life Cycle Activities
  • Risk Management/Hazard Analysis
  • Requirements Analysis and Specification
  • Design
  • Implementation
  • Integration
  • Validation
  • Maintenance
fda inspection
FDA Inspection
  • What documentation do you have for the software?
    • Requirement Specifications
    • Design
    • Test plans and results
    • Validation Plans and Reports
    • Hazard Analysis
    • Criticality Analysis
requirement specifications
Requirement Specifications
  • Complete
  • Correct
  • Consistent
  • Current
  • Verifiable
  • Traceable
  • Annotated
  • Unambiguous
  • High Level Diagrams
  • Interface definition
  • Critical decision points
  • Hazard Analysis
  • Reports Design
test plans and results
Test Plans and Results
  • Matrix to map to Requirements
  • Rationale for testing Program
  • Specific so that they are repeatable
  • Test thoroughness based on criticality or hazard analysis
  • Expected results stated
  • Complete reporting of actual results
  • Reviewed and signed off on
validation plans and reports
Validation Plans and Reports
  • Review of all documentation
  • Any deviations reviewed and categorized
  • Critical areas are fixed
  • Minor areas, SOPs put in place
  • User manual complete and correct
  • Signed off as released
important elements of validation program
Important Elements of Validation Program:
  • Training of personnel on software validation and guidelines on what software products have to be validated.
  • Defined internal procedures for conducting the validation program, including standards for writing specifications, guidelines for validating process software, and forms for identifying and tracking safety hazards.
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Important Elements of Validation Program:
  • Training/requiring programmers to retain their testing documentation.
  • Allocation of resources to conduct the validation program
  • Development of a validation program that focus resources on critical areas.
  • Use of documentation templates, measurement tools and checklists where appropriate
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Important Elements of Validation Program:
  • Communication between programmers and the QA personnel and QA functions that contribute to the development efforts.
  • Application of software validation and QA techniques early in the software development process.
software scenarios
Software Scenarios
  • Off-The-Shelf Software
  • Custom Designed Software
  • Developed In-House
  • Maintained Software
off the shelf software
Off-The-Shelf Software
  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheet / Database
  • Information Management
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Off-The-Shelf Software
  • Word processing
    • Meets Requirements
off the shelf software18
Off-The-Shelf Software
  • Spreadsheet / Database
    • Meets Requirements
    • Key Functions perform properly
    • Validation of created Formulas, Scripts, and Routines
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Off-The-Shelf Software
  • Information Management
    • Meets Requirements
    • Hardware installed properly
    • Key Functions perform properly
    • Integration between software and hardware
custom designed
Custom Designed
  • Requirement Specification
  • Key Functions perform properly
  • Software Development Documents and Validation done by Vendor
written in house
Written In-House
  • Complete Software Development Documentation
  • Validation
maintained software
Maintained Software
  • Software Development Documentation for changes to software
  • Validation of Changes
  • Integration to rest of software program.