Hard Copy Backups: Should We Keep Them?

Q: Do we need to keep hard copy backups of documents that are housed in a validated document system? I’m looking for what’s considered best practice in today’s FDA-regulated industries. One of our concerns is that we have people at our…


Auditing Computer Systems: Some Quick Tips

Here are some quick tips for auditing computer systems. Choose a function within the system to audit. Select the function based on: A known point of risk; A known problem or defect; Complaints, break/fix records, system change records, data change…


Archiving Training Records

Q: Can you tell me how long I should keep training records and when to archive them? We manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) with an expiration date of five years. A: The rule of thumb is to keep training records…