In this article, you will learn all different types of change controls that exist as per ICH Q10.
Types of Changes Controls:
Direct to the point, exists 5 types of change control most commonly used and recognized in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry.
What is a Major change?
Those changes may affect adversely GMP requirements and the critical attributes of a system, facility, apparatus, material, product, procedure, or process. In addition, these changes may have the potential to cause any type of impairment, damage, or weakening of the product quality or process reliability.
What is a Minor change?
Those changes that unlikely have an adverse impact on the GMP or quality attributes of the product, process, material or procedure on its validated state. Changes with non-adverse impact on the GMP requirements shall not require a change control.
In addition, to major and minor changes, exists other types of changes such as emergency changes, like of like changes and temporary changes.
What is an Emergency Change?
When an unexpected situation occurs that a change is needed immediately to ensure continued operations. This change must be expedited in the fast track to obtaining its authorization and approval before implementation. Full change control is subsequently filed for evaluation no later than a few business days from execution. Impacted items are withheld from further use pending such evaluation.
What is a Like-for-Like change?
Instruments or parts that perform the same function have the same characteristics and specifications but may be produced by different manufacturers. These may be approved for use as replacement instruments or devices if the validated state is not altered. Also referred to as a replacement in kind or functionally equivalent instruments or parts.
What is a Temporary Change?
A temporary change is a change approved based on predetermined limits, such as a specific number of units of production (lots) or for a defined period of time. At the end of the specified deadline, the changed process or system must be returned to its normal state. A temporary change may be converted to a permanent change with appropriate approval.
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For more information about Change Control, refer to:
STATUTORY AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS
The Guidance for Industry Quality Systems Approach to Pharmaceutical CGMP Regulations describes the importance of this topic in the following reference: https://www.fda.gov/media/71023/download
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)]