How to Make a Change Control in 6 Steps.

how to perform a change control in 6 steps


In this article, you will learn how to make a change control in 6 steps.  Sometimes equipment and process changes are more complicated than others. But, it is important to keep it simple and avoid change controls of 60 steps.

The change control process is performed following a sequence of steps starting with the submission of a change request.

The following six (6) steps describe how to make a change control request:

  1. Documenting the change request:
    When the request is initiated, that request is categorized and recorded, along with informal assessments of the importance of that change and the difficulty of implementing it.
  2. Formal assessment:
    The justification for the change and risks and benefits of making/not making the change is evaluated. If the change request is accepted, a team will be assigned. If the change request is rejected, that fact is documented and communicated to the requestor.
  3. Planning:
    The team responsible for the change creates a detailed plan for its design and implementation, as well as a plan for rolling back the change should it be deemed unsuccessful.
  4. Designing and testing:
    The team designs the steps and instructions to implement the change and tests it. If the change is deemed successful, the team requests approval and a date for implementation.
  5. Implementation and review:
    The team implements the change and stakeholders review the change.
  6. Final assessment:
    If the team is satisfied that the change was implemented satisfactorily, the change request is closed. If the team is not satisfied, the project is reassessed and steps may be repeated.


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For more information about Change Control, refer to:


The Guidance for Industry Quality Systems Approach to Pharmaceutical CGMP Regulations describes the importance of this topic in the following reference:

It is a systematic approach to proposing, evaluating, approving, implementing, and reviewing changes (ICH Q10)

For more information about Change Control, refer to:

QS Regulation and Guidance • Quality System Regulation and Preamble

Inspection Guide – Pages 8, 15, 21, 22 and 23

Guide to Inspections of Quality Systems [Quality System Inspection Technique (QSIT)]

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