When is Necessary an Instrument Calibration as per FDA requirements?

When is Necessary an Instrument Calibration

 

In this article, you will learn when is necessary an instrument calibration according to the ISO/IEC 17025 Testing and Calibration Laboratories and FDA requirements.

Calibration is needed whenever an instrument is added or modified in the manufacturing process, procedures, batch record instructions, specifications, equipment settings, validated process, material, product, etc.

More specifically, a calibration must be considered if you add, modify, or impact any instrument or equipment related to the measurement in the following areas:

  • Specification criteria for raw materials, internally/externally manufactured components, or internally/externally finished products
  • Packaging or labeling information, process, or materials.
  • The shelf life of raw material, components, or finished products
  • Process parameters
  • Tools or consumables (i.e. wipes, gloves, shoe covers, etc.)
  • Equipment or equipment settings
  • Qualified cleanrooms
  • Cleaning processes of the manufacturing environment or manufacturing equipment
  • Facilities or utilities
  • Locations for manufacturing, testing, sterilization, or warehousing
  • Environmental conditions of manufacturing, testing, or storage,
  • Control of monitoring processes for the manufacturing, testing, storage, or distribution environment
  • Suppliers or external manufacturers
  • Line re-configuration as it relates to operators changing from a seated to standing position, updates to the line and station layouts, or re-sequencing of process steps
  • Throughput time as it relates to changes to the material storage time between processes
  • Product handling techniques as it relates to material storage and conveyance
  • Working with multiple lots at different stations.
  • Layouts in areas of product handling like manufacturing and warehouse
  • Any change that can potentially impact form, fit, or function and the quality of the product.
  • Changes related to supplied items, raw material, components, or finished products in regards to:
    • manufacturing or assembly processes
    • control or monitoring processes
    • cleaning processes
    • product handling
    • inspection or release processes
    • configuration check inspections
    • sample size or sampling plans
    • method of testing (e.g. physical, analytical, microbiological)
    • packaging or labeling processes
    • sterilization process
    • storage, shipment, or distribution processes.

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STATUTORY AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS

TITLE 21–FOOD AND DRUGS

PART 820 — QUALITY SYSTEM REGULATION

Subpart G–Production and Process Controls

Sec. 820.72 Inspection, measuring, and test equipment.

httpss://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=820.72

ISO/IEC 17025 TESTING AND CALIBRATION LABORATORIES

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 specifies the general requirements for the competence, impartiality and consistent operation of laboratories.

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is applicable to all organizations performing laboratory activities, regardless of the number of personnel.

httpss://www.iso.org/ISO-IEC-17025-testing-and-calibration-laboratories.html

TITLE 21–FOOD AND DRUGS

PART 111 — CURRENT GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICE IN MANUFACTURING, PACKAGING, LABELING, OR HOLDING OPERATIONS FOR DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS

Subpart D–Equipment and Utensils

httpss://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=111.35

21 CFR § 58.63 – Maintenance and calibration of equipment.

  • 58.63 Maintenance and calibration of equipment.

httpss://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/21/58.63

40 CFR § 160.63 – Maintenance and calibration of equipment.

  • 160.63 Maintenance and calibration of equipment.

httpss://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/40/160.63

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