How to Establish the Frequency of the Quality Audits in 3 Steps?

how to determine the frequency of the Quality Audits


In this article, you will learn how to establish the frequency of the quality audits according to the cGMP Good Manufacturing Practices in three (3) single steps.

Many federal regulations and company policies require to comply with specific audit schedules, control of audit tools and features, view completion dates, audit observations or results, and detailed information such as issues that require further investigation, CAPA generation, etc.

Three (3) Steps to Determine the Frequency of the Quality Audits.

The frequency of the quality audits can be established based on one or more of the following considerations:

  1. Company policies and procedures instructions and requirements.
  2. Historical audit results of previous inspections.
  3. Risk analysis of the quality systems incidents and failures.  For example, the number and severity of the complaints, field actions, recalls, CAPA investigations, etc.

Even though most companies perform audits using a pre-established frequency between every three (3) months to every year to different quality systems, other companies establish their own frequency of auditing based on a risk assessment to determine which type of audit shall be done to each area.

Based on this information, a recurrent audit date or frequency can be generated, and certificates of audit completion must be sent and stored in the document control file.

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REFERENCES: How to establish the frequency of the Quality Audits



PART 820 Medical Devices

820.22 Quality audit. Each manufacturer shall establish procedures for quality audits and conduct such audits to assure that the quality system is in compliance


2 CFR § 200.501 – Audit requirements


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