When the FDA inspects a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company’s manufacturing facilities, they can either alert the company ahead of time or show up unannounced. After the inspection is over, the FDA might send what is called an FDA Form 483 or a warning letter. There are differences between each and varying consequences depending on how each of these is handled.
In our recent blog post entitled Prepping for a Successful FDA Inspection, we discussed the importance of having a Site Inspection Readiness Team always “at the ready” for FDA visits, regardless of whether the visits are scheduled or unannounced. But what happens once the inspectors arrive? You should have a checklist on hand for the key logistical considerations.
For pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech companies, being always “at the ready” for FDA inspections is an absolute necessity. While some inspections are predetermined, others are surprise visits, so it’s critical to have a team and a process in place to ensure you can respond to every inquiry effectively.
In case you’re not familiar with PhUSE, it’s an independent organization that serves as a global platform to discuss topics surrounding programming in the regulated environments of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. And on July 21st, 2016, PhUSE is hosting a single day event entitled, “Utilizing Risk-Based Monitoring to More Effectively Identify and Mitigate Risk While Ensuring Patient Safety, Data Quality and Integrity” in Deerfield, IL.