Incoming Inspection: Is Pass/Fail OK?

Q: At my company, incoming inspection includes measuring the length of a cable used in our products. The results are recorded as “pass/fail”. My colleague thinks the actual results (the measurement) should be recorded instead. I can’t recall an actual regulation…

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CAPA Data Sources; What Makes a Compliant CAPA System

Q: My question is about what makes a compliant CAPA system, including appropriate CAPA data sources. We recently received a 483 notice citing inadequacies in our CAPA system. Could you review for me FDA’s basic requirements for CAPA? Moreover, what are…

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Part 11 Password Safeguards: What’s Really Required?

Q: My question concerns the requirement for Part 11 password safeguards (Part 11.300(d)) that prevent unauthorized use of passwords or identification codes. We’ve always considered the “detect and report” portion of this requirement to include logging unsuccessful attempts and then reviewing those…

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Internal Audits: Are They Really Necessary? 

Q: Question regarding internal audits: is it acceptable for a manufacturing site to NOT have an established internal audit program? In place of internal audits, the manufacturing site uses the results of external audits conducted by regulatory authorities, standards assessment organizations,…

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