Best Practices in Preparation for an FDA Computer System Audit

The Webinar will discuss the importance of preparing for and participating in a computer system validation audit by regulatory agencies. Regulatory agencies fully expect companies to comply with the computer system validation guidelines that were established in 1983 and have evolved over the last thirty years to align with changes in technology and best practices developed by industry, including the inclusion of risk assessment as a critical component of validation.

Validation of computer systems in the regulatory environment must be a continuous rather than a discrete process. When auditing, regulatory agencies will expect you to have adequately planned and executed your computer system validation effort, and continue to maintain your system in a validated state.

There are specific best practices to be followed that will ensure you are fully prepared to defend your program and prove that you have thoroughly validated your computer systems that are subject to regulatory scrutiny. Being prepared will ensure a much easier interaction with the regulatory agency and will minimize the time and cost of the audit. A company’s readiness may also minimize the risk of findings and citations by showing the auditors that you have done due diligence and are able to respond adequately to all questions and requests for information in a timely manner.

Areas Covered in the Session :

  • Describe the key components and importance of regulatory audits of validated computer systems
  • Discuss best practices for preparing for a computer system validation audit by a regulatory agency
  • Provide examples of the documentation you can prepare to minimize risk and ensure your audit is successful
  • Discuss best practices for participating in a computer system validation audit by a regulatory agency
  • Provide examples of what you can do during the audit to minimize risk, time and overall cost
  • Discuss best practices for developing a positive relationship with regulatory agency auditors and building a reputation for preparedness, thoroughness and integrity
  • Interactive Q&A Session
Who Will Benefit:

This webinar is intended for those working in FDA-regulated industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, biological, animal health and tobacco. Functions that are applicable include research and development, manufacturing, Quality Control, distribution, clinical testing and management, adverse events management and post-marketing surveillance.

You should attend this webinar if you are responsible for planning, executing or managing the implementation of any system governed by FDA regulations, or if you are maintaining or supporting such a system. Examples of who will benefit from this webinar include:

  • Compliance and Audit Managers
  • Information Technology Analysts
  • Information Technology Developers and Testers
  • QC/QA Managers and Analysts
  • Clinical Data Managers and Scientists
  • Analytical Chemists
  • Laboratory Managers
  • Automation Analysts
  • Computer System Validation Specialists
  • GMP Training Specialists
  • Business Stakeholders/Subject Matter Experts
  • Business System/Application Testers


Carolyn Troiano

Carolyn Troiano has more than 30 years of experience in computer system validation in the pharmaceutical, medical device, animal health, tobacco and other FDA-regulated industries. She is currently an independent consultant, advising companies on computer system validation and large-scale IT system implementation projects.

During her career, Carolyn worked directly, or on a consulting basis, for many of the larger pharmaceutical companies in the US and Europe. She developed validation programs and strategies back in the mid-1980s, when the first FDA guidebook was published on the subject, and collaborated with FDA and other industry representatives on 21 CFR Part 11, the FDA’s electronic record/electronic signature regulation.

Carolyn has participated in industry conferences. She is currently active in the PMI, AITP, and RichTech, and volunteers for the PMI’s Educational Fund as a project management instructor for non-profit organizations.

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