What is Change as per ICH Q10?

What is change as per ICH Q10 for pharmaceutical and medical devices


In this article, you will learn what is change, according to ICH Q10 for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry?

What is Change?

A change is defined as a planned and lasting change of a product or a process characteristic which may affect the safety, the quality, or the performance of an item:

Product-related changes, as apply:

  • Raw materials and components.
  • Labeling, packaging.
  • Product specifications.
  • Sterilization, GAMMA, ETO, etc.
  • Customer-related documents (drawings, instructions For Use, validation guides, certificate of release).
  • Suppliers, vendor changes, and qualification modifications.

Process related changes:

  • Supplier processes and locations
  • Manufacturing processes.
  • Packaging processes.
  • Incoming processes.
  • Inspection processes.
  • Shipping and distribution processes.
  • Equipment (installations of new equipment, devices, supply systems, lab and production, computerized systems)
  • Hardware and Software, firmware, configurations
  • Procedures (manufacturing, in-process, QC, and release)
  • Facilities and utilities (manufacturing and warehouse locations, storage conditions)

What is Change Control Management?

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The Guidance for Industry Quality Systems Approach to Pharmaceutical CGMP Regulations describes the importance of this topic in the following reference: httpss://www.fda.gov/media/71023/download

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



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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