Computer System Validation (CSV) vs. Computer System Assurance (CSA): Aligning the Agile Methodology to the GAMP 5 “V” Model and System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Methodology
Overview of the webinar
Advancements in technology have forced organizations to rethink business models. Once controlled and orderly, these organizations are now more chaotic and complex, serving patients and customers that are better informed and with higher expectations than ever before. Work practices and tools must change to meet these challenges.
The approach to developing software, performing validation and maintaining a system in a validated state through its entire life cycle should be carefully considered in order to meet changing needs. This webinar will include a comparison of the Agile and Waterfall methodologies, along with the pros and cons of each. There may not be one size that fits all, and so it is important to understand what needs to be considered when making such a determination.
Why should you attend?
The attendee will learn about FDA’s approach to modernizing technology, and how that will benefit both the Agency and industry. We will discuss ways to modernize the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) approach to Computer System Validation (CSV) by using automated testing tools that will result in a continuous validation of software products. This approach is amenable to the Agile software development methodology, which can be adapted for use in validation.
We will also discuss the important aspects of CSV and how to apply them in a new and modern technological environment.
- Understand the differences between the waterfall and agile approach to validation
- Understand the pros and cons of both waterfall and agile methodologies when applied to CSV
- Learn about how to adapt the GAMP 5 “V” Model to the agile methodology
- Learn how to manage documentation using an agile methodology for CSV
- Learn about FDA’s current thinking about moving to a Computer Software Assurance (CSA) model based on critical thinking
- Understand the benefits of critical thinking as a primary focus of applying the agile methodology
Area Covered In This Session
- Learn how to identify “GxP” Systems
- Learn about FDA’s current thinking about technology and software development, and how this will impact industry
- Discuss the current state of Computer System Validation (CSV) approach based on FDA requirements
- Learn about the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) approach to validation and how this can be modernized through a more agile approach, including automated testing for continuous validation
- Learn the pros and cons of an Agile vs. Waterfall approach
- We will discuss cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) systems that can be embraced and validated effectively
- Discuss the best practices for documenting computer system validation efforts, whether using a Waterfall or Agile approach, including requirements, design, development, testing and operational maintenance procedures, including ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness of managing related documentation
- Understand how to maintain a system in a validated state through the system’s entire life cycle in a more cost-effective manner, applying an Agile continuous validation approach
- Learn how to assure the integrity of data that supports GxP work, despite changes and advances in new technology
- Discuss the importance of “GxP” documentation that complies with FDA requirements
- Learn about the policies and procedures needed to support your validation process and ongoing maintenance of your systems in a validated state
- Know the regulatory influences that lead to FDA’s current thinking at any given time
- Finally, understand the industry best practices that will enable you to optimize your approach to validation and compliance, based on risk assessment, to ensure data integrity is maintained throughout the entire data life cycle
Who Will Benefit?
- Information Technology (IT) Analysts
- IT Developers
- IT Support Staff
- QC/QA Managers and Analysts
- Clinical Data Managers and Scientists
- Analytical Chemists
- Quality Managers, Chemists and Microbiologists
- Compliance Managers and Auditors
- Lab Managers and Analysts
- Automation Analysts
- Computer System Validation Specialists
- GMP Training Specialists
- Business Stakeholders using Computer Systems Regulated by FDA
- Regulatory Affairs Personnel
- Consultants in the Life Sciences and Tobacco and Related Industries
- Interns working at the companies listed above
- College students attending schools and studying computer system validation, regulatory affairs/matters (related to FDA) or any other discipline that involves adherence to FDA regulatory requirements
As part of the Case for Quality program US FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health noted how an excessive focus by industry on compliance rather than quality may be diverting resources and management attention toward meeting regulatory compliance requirements vs. adopting best quality practices. There has also been a lower than anticipated investment in automation and digital technologies, which could greatly improve quality and process control. A key element is a risk-based, product quality and patient-centric approach to Computer System Assurance (CSA) vs. the traditional Computer System Validation (CSV) Waterfall approach. This encourages critical thinking based on product and process knowledge and quality risk management over prescriptive documentation driven approaches.
This is where FDA determined that “WHAT” is required can be done (the “HOW”) in different ways and does not have to be according to the “checklist” mindset of most CSV work, where you crank out documents without specifically addressing the risk of potential failure of each requirement.
GAMP5 supports the use of incremental, iterative, and evolutionary approaches including Agile, for development of custom applications. Keys to success include a robust Quality Management System and well trained and highly disciplined teams following well-defined processes supported by tools and automation,
Instructor Profile: Carolyn Troiano
Carolyn Troiano has more than 30 years of experience in computer system validation in the pharmaceutical, medical device, animal health and other FDA-regulated industries. She is currently managing a large, complex data migration, analytics and reporting program at a major financial institution.
During her career, Carolyn worked directly, or as a consultant, for many top-tier pharmaceutical companies in the US and Europe. She was responsible for computer system validation across all GxP functions at a major pharmaceutical company. Carolyn developed validation programs and strategies back in the mid-1980s, when FDA guidelines were first issued. She was an industry reviewer for 21 CFR Part 11, the FDA’s electronic record/electronic signature (ER/ES) regulation. She has taught ER/ES compliance, along with computer system validation and risk management/compliance at a number of Fortune 100 firms. Her experience includes work with FDA-regulated systems used in all areas of research, development, manufacturing, quality testing and distribution.
Carolyn has is currently active in the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), and Project Management Institute (PMI) chapters in the Richmond, VA area. Carolyn also volunteers for the PMI’s Educational Fund as a project management instructor for non-profit organizations.
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