Integration of Enterprise Requirements Planning (ERP) and Legacy FDA-Regulated Systems


We will discuss the importance of applying industry best practices when planning, executing and validating the integration of a laboratory system (Laboratory Automation System (LAS), Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), eNotebook, etc.) with a business system, such as an ERP or similar type of enterprise or supply-chain automation system. These are commonly integrated in manufacturing companies that use large-scale, enterprise-wide solutions for automating the production, testing and distribution processes in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device or other related FDA-governed industries, and rely on data from laboratory systems to feed information about product quality and/or release.

Typically, any laboratory system in an FDA-regulated environment (i.e., the system “touches” product during the manufacturing, testing or distribution process) must be validated in accordance with FDA guidelines for computerized systems. By integrating such a system with a business system, the business system must also comply with FDA’s requirements for validating the laboratory system. Otherwise, the “clean” laboratory system would be tainted by the “dirty” business system.

In addition to validation considerations, security must also be evaluated. Any data that resides on the laboratory system that must be kept confidential or secured in some way must continue to be treated the same way once integrated with a business system. Those users accessing the business system must also not be able to enter or alter data directly into the laboratory system, unless it is clearly a requirement based on the process being followed. There should be a distinct segregation of duties, as well, meaning all best practices for ensuring that the person responsible for entering data is not the person responsible for reviewing and/or approving the data.

Areas Covered in the Session :

  • Gain an understanding of laboratory system computer validation planning, execution and management concepts, and how these efforts apply to any integrated business system
  • Discuss the best practices necessary to develop an integrated laboratory and business data collection, analysis and reporting computer system validation program
  • Identify the key input and output points that will warrant greater scrutiny as the integrated system is tested and validated
  • Discuss the steps for validating systems, along with the key documentation associated with maintaining the systems in a validated state, while minimizing costs
  • Learn how to leverage these practices across all systems by creating a standardized program for integrating FDA-regulated and non-regulated systems
  • Understand the additional training that must be provided to business and IT staff involved in the integration process
  • Discuss the communications necessary to maintain all integrated systems in a validated state, as required, as any changes are made to subsystems or components
  • Interactive Q&A Session

Who Will Benefit:

This webinar is intended for those working in the 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:

  • Information Technology Analysts
  • Information Technology Developers and Testers
  • QC/QA Managers and Analysts
  • Analytical Chemists
  • Compliance and Audit Managers
  • Laboratory Managers
  • Automation Analysts
  • Computer System Validation Specialists
  • GMP Training Specialists
  • Business Stakeholders/Subject Matter Experts
  • Business System/Application Testers
  • This webinar will also benefit any consultants working in the life sciences industry who are involved in computer system implementation, validation and compliance.

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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