FDA 21 CFR PART 11 COMPLIANCE FOR MECHANICAL TESTING LABS
What is FDA 21 CFR Part 11?
21 CFR Part 11 is a regulation that applies specifically to electronic documentation provided to the FDA. First published in 1997, the original intent was to create a framework that ensured electronic means of recording, approving, and submitting documents was effectively equivalent to handwritten paper documents in terms of security. The objective was to ensure that companies were capable of using electronic record keeping technology as it became more commonly utilized within the industry.
Who Does 21 CFR Part 11 Apply To?
FDA 21 CFR Part 11 applies to any pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturer submitting product documentation to the FDA for approval for sale within the United States or as part of any post-market surveillance activities.
What are the Requirements of 21 CFR Part 11?
Regulatory requirements mainly apply to the processes surrounding electronic record creation, retention and submission. The regulation specifically discusses the need for software validation, use of electronic signatures, a searchable time-stamped audit trail, and access to traceable record copies.
Compliance is best achieved through a partnership between a manufacturer and its equipment suppliers, where the equipment supplier provides the tools to effectively and efficiently integrate the equipment into the manufacturer's quality management system. Instron's Bluehill® Universal software, compatible with static universal testing systems, offers several features designed to aid in 21 CFR Part 11 compliance. Bluehill Central lab management software allows for centralized management of multiple instances of Bluehill Universal, further simplifying the processes necessary for compliance.
Bluehill Universal’s Traceability Module enables users to meet the audit requirements associated with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 as well as those of ISO 17025, Nadcap, and other regulatory bodies. Through seamless integration of electronic approvals, revision history, and an automated audit trail, this powerful add-on combines with Bluehill’s built-in security to provide unmatched data traceability.Webinar: Introducing Bluehill Universal's Traceability Module
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Bluehill Security allows a Lab Manager to configure permissions in the software, granting access to trained personnel, such as super users, and limiting access where needed. Bluehill Security allows login permissions to be configured directly in Bluehill, or linked to the local Windows® login or Windows Active Directory.Security in Bluehill Software Whitepaper
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Traceability’s audit trail offers both a network and local database to accommodate your data management preference. A networked, centralized database offers your lab greater efficiencies and reduced risks when compared to locally managed data. Determining your lab’s IT infrastructure and data management preferences is recommended when considering these alternatives.
Instron field service teams provide validation and documentation services to support IQOQ processes designed to ensure that your Instron testing equipment performs to its intended purposes and produces valid results (per 21 CFR 820.72 and ISO 13845). Validation packages can also include validation of Bluehill Central and Bluehill Traceability to aid in compliance with CFR 21 Part 11. These validation packages contain checks to confirm that certain operations performed in the software are traceable in an audit trail, and provide reference to Instron transducer calibrations (purchased separately) to ensure that the software and system are providing accurate, reliable results. At the conclusion of our services we provide a Completion Certificate for Installation and Operational Qualification that will be signed by the Instron Field Service Engineer who performed the validations.