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On-line Audio Seminar 160

Risk Management for Laboratory Systems

Requirements and Tools for Implementation


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Recent FDA and industry guidances recommend to base the extent of compliance and validation of laboratory systems on risk . This is great because when implemented right it can help to reduce overall validation costs. Frequently risk categories are easy to define but the real challenge comes when users should take actions to optimize risks versus costs. In this interactive audio seminar we will go through various scenarios and recommend actions for validation and other controls.

Key Questions related to risk management are:

  • What are FDA requirements for risk management
  • Are there any recent warning letters related to risk management?
  • How to define risk categories: high, low
  • How to develop a risk based validation program
  • What and how much to validate for high, medium and low risk systems? Should we do anything for low risk systems? (Recommendation from FDA's John Murray at the IVT CSV conference: "Avoid the words 'do nothing''. Define and implement controls for each category".)
  • What to test for high/medium and low risk systems?
  • How to assess the supplier risk?
  • How to reduce testing through risk assessment?
  • How does business risk influence extent of validation?
  • ow can I justify and document my decision?

How does the audio seminar help:

Answers will be presented by Dr. Ludwig Huber in a new interactive audio seminar. During the seminar, the speaker will present strategies and give practical recommendations and examples. After the seminar, an extensive list of reference material like SOPs, worksheets, templates and examples will help immediate and cost effective implementation.

During the interactive presentation you learn about:

  • FDA/EU and business requirements
  • Current FDA inspection practices and recent warning letters
  • Guidance from regulatory and industry task forces: ISO, ICH, GHTF, NIST, GAMP/ISPE
  • Common risk assessment procedures: FMEA, FTA, HACCP
  • Practical approach for risk assessments
  • How to develop a risk program for laboratory systems
  • The importance, scope and contents of a risk management master plan
  • Validation tasks for risk categories for each life cycle phase
    - Planning, design and specifications, vendor assessment, installation, testing, change control, back-up, contingency planning
  • Validation tasks segmented by system complexity and system customization
  • Maintaining the risk management program
  • Documenting the decision for management and for the FDA
  • Examples and specific recommendations for specific laboratory systems and subsystems

And for easy and instant implementation:
download 10+ documents from special seminar website

  • Risk Management Master Plan: 40 pages
  • SOP: Risk Assessment for Laboratory Systems
  • SOP: Risk assessment Used for GxP Environments
  • SOP: Risk-based Qualification of Network Infrastructure
  • SOP: Risk-based Validation of Laboratory Computer Systems
  • SOP: 21 CFR Part11 - Scope and Controls
  • Reference paper: Risk-based Validation of Off-the-shelf Computer Systems
    with SOP
  • ICH Risk Management guide: Q9
  • NIST Guide: Risk Management for IT Systems
  • Risk Management Guide of the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHFT)
  • Warning letters and Inspectional observations related to risk assessment.
  • 4 x FDA guidance documents related to the seminar topic
    More ....

Who should attend?

  • Laboratory managers and supervisors
  • GLP/GMP auditors
  • QA managers and personnel
  • Analysts and other laboratory staff
  • Validation specialists
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Human resources (HR) managers and staff
  • Training departments
  • Consultants

How to order

Replaced by the more recent seminar

Practical Risk Assessment in Laboratories: Step-by-Step

With Risk Master Plan, SOPs and Case Studies for Easy Implementation

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About audio seminars


Online audio seminars are presented over the phone. During the live presentation attendees can:

  1. Study the printed slide material
  2. Watch the slides on a computer
  3. Watch the slides on a video screen in a seminar room
  4. Ask questions through email and web form

About Dr. Ludwig Huber

Dr. Ludwig Huber is the editor and author of Labcompliance. He has been conducting over 300 web and audio or video based seminars since 15 years and and he has given multiple presentations mainly on GLP/GMP, 21 CFR Part 11 and Validation around the world. This included seminars, workshops and presentations for the US FDA, SFDA, KFDA, HSA, ISPE, PDA, PIC/S and several national health agencies.

Dr. Ludwig Huber is a frequent presenter at IVT conferences and has been awarded as the 'Presenter of the Year' out of 170 speakers. This photo is from IVT's conference on Network Qualification with Ludwig Huber as plenary speaker.

Dr. Huber has published several books related to validation and compliance, for example: Validation of Computerized Analytical and Networked Systems. He was or still is a member of several committees, e.g., of the GAMP® Special interest group (SIG) on Laboratory Computers, PDA Part 11 task force, IVT task force on network infrastructure qualification and the European Compliance Academy. He frequently visited FDA in Rockville, VA, and participated in panel discussions with FDA professionals. For feedback from attendees of seminars and  for other information on Dr. Ludwig Huber, click here.