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What is Change Control ?


Learn what changes should be reported through change control system in Production, Quality control, Quality assurance, Stores, Engineering and R&D departments.

In pharmaceutical industries change control has an important role. In pharmaceutical every change is reported by change control process.

When a change is being made in any process or procedure it is reported by change control and that is approved by the company authority. Change control is used to control the changes made in pharmaceutical industry.
Following are the changes which are to be reported by change control:

a. Production

•  Change in Location.
•  Change in Equipment.
•  Critical Process control parameters.
•  Change in Batch size.

b. Engineering

•  Change in any equipment.
•  Critical Part of any equipment.
•  Facility, Design layout.

c. Research & Development

•  Change in Specifications of Raw Material/Packaging Material/Finished product.
•  Addition / Deletion of any Raw material in the product.
•  Change in quantity of Raw material in the product.
•  Addition / Deletion of any manufacturing Steps.
•  Change in Shelf Life.
•  Change in Environmental Conditions.
•  Change in Specifications of Inprocess / Intermediate materials.
•  Change in Storage conditions.
•  Change in method of analysis or change in sampling plans and method.
•  Change in Hardware / Software of any Computerized Analytical Instruments.
•  Change in Stability Protocols.

d. Materials (Raw & Packaging Material)

•  Change in source of any Raw Material or primary packaging material.

e. Quality Control

•  Change in method of analysis or change in sampling plans and method.
•  Change in Hardware / Software of any Computerized Analytical Instruments.
•  Change in Stability Protocols.
•  Change in specifications of Raw Material / Packaging Material / Finished product.
•  Change in Specifications of In Process / Intermediate Materials.

f. Quality Assurance

•  Change in Sampling Plan/Quantity of Samples.
•  Change in Documents and SOPs.
•  Change in Validation Protocols.

g. Information Technology

•  Change in Hardware / Software.

h. Cleaning Procedure

•  Change in cleaning steps.
•  Change in cleaning aids.
•  Change in cleaning agents




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