Quality by Design: Achieving Success through Simplicity

At PharmOut, our approach to ensuring cGMP compliance is simple yet effective. We believe in concise quality systems and validation protocols that clearly guide your team on what to do, when to do it, and how to do it correctly every time. We call this concept Quality by Design, which leads to Success by Design. By emphasizing proactive and strategic planning of manufacturing processes and quality systems, we help you achieve compliance with cGMP regulations from the beginning, rather than relying on corrective actions and retroactive measures. Join us as we explore the key elements of achieving cGMP compliance and success through simplicity.

Key Elements of Achieving cGMP Compliance and Success by Design:

  1. Robust Quality Management System (QMS): Implement a comprehensive QMS that covers all aspects of the manufacturing process. This includes personnel training, documentation control, change management, deviation handling, and complaint investigations. Your QMS should comply with cGMP requirements and foster continuous improvement.
  2. Facility Design and Maintenance: Design manufacturing facilities in accordance with cGMP requirements, ensuring adequate space, proper air filtration and ventilation, appropriate material flows, and segregation of different manufacturing areas. Regular maintenance and calibration of equipment are also crucial to maintaining consistent product quality.
  3. Process Validation: Conduct thorough process validation studies to demonstrate consistent production of products meeting predefined quality attributes. Establish critical process parameters, perform process performance qualification (PPQ), and continuously monitor process controls.
  4. Document Control: Implement a robust documentation system to control and manage all manufacturing-related documents, including standard operating procedures (SOPs), batch records, and specifications. Clearly define manufacturing processes and ensure consistent adherence to them.
  5. Training and Competency: Provide comprehensive training programs to employees involved in manufacturing operations, quality control, and quality assurance. This ensures personnel are well-trained and competent in their roles and responsibilities, promoting consistent adherence to cGMP requirements.
  6. Risk Management: Implement risk management practices throughout the manufacturing process, including risk identification, assessment, and mitigation. Conduct risk assessments, implement appropriate risk control measures, and monitor risks on an ongoing basis.
  7. Continuous Improvement: Establish a culture of continuous improvement and implement systems to monitor and analyze manufacturing data, such as process data, product quality data, and customer complaints. Identify areas for improvement and implement corrective and preventive actions (CAPAs) to drive ongoing enhancement.

How Can PharmOut Help?

At PharmOut, we understand that complex systems are less likely to be followed consistently. We believe in designing simple systems that are easy to follow across the board, promoting compliance. Our range of services can help you integrate the principles of Quality by Design into your operations:

  • Architectural and Engineering Services: Our teams adopt simplicity and lean principles in plant design and layouts, aiming to optimize operations and reduce construction costs.
  • Compliance Consulting: Our consultants work with you to establish Quality Management Systems (QMS) with shorter, focused protocols, SOPs, and other GMP documents that emphasize crucial points for compliance.
  • Validation Services: Our experts specialize in writing thorough yet uncomplicated basis of design, PQS/QMS, and validation protocols to ensure compliance and streamline processes.

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Achieving cGMP compliance and success in the pharmaceutical industry requires a strategic and proactive approach. By embracing Quality by Design and simplifying your processes, you can enhance compliance, efficiency, and product quality. PharmOut is your trusted partner in this journey, offering a range of services designed to align your operations with these principles. Join us in embracing simplicity and driving success by design in your pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. Contact us today to learn more about our

How can PharmOut help?

At PharmOut, we believe that the more convoluted and complex the systems you create, the less likely the users will able be to follow it, so compliance lies in designing simple systems that are easy to follow across the board. PharmOut offers several services so that we can help you integrate these principles.

Our architectural and engineering teams adopt this same philosophy in plant design and layouts, seeking out Lean operations and reducing construction costs in the process.

When our compliance consultants are asked to set up Quality Management Systems we drive to having “shorter” protocols, SOPs and other GMP documents. Sticking to the crucial points is essential.

Our pharmaceutical architects, engineers, compliance, validation consultants are also in this ‘success by design’ mindset and are experts at writing a thorough but uncomplicated basis of design, PQS/QMS and validation protocols.

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Interview – PharmOut’s Approach to GMP Compliance and Design

Trevor Schoerie,
Managing Director, PharmOut