IT Infrastructure Qualification and System Validation: IT Vendor Perspectives
January 02, 2007
During the past decade, the pharmaceutical industry has increased its use of information technology (IT) in research and development, production, and commercialization of pharmaceutical products. IT systems must be operated and maintained within a compliance-oriented framework to minimize risks; maximize safety and security, integrity, accuracy, reliability of information; and maintain product quality, For IT vendors and service providers, meeting requirements for qualification and validation calls for substantial investments in terms of creating capability, expertise, and resources. The author discusses the implications, challenges, and solutions in managing IT infrastructure qualification and validation in an FDA-regulated environment, particularly at vendor sites.