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Course Information
Course Title: Maintaining Calibration Programs – Compliance Perspective (483s, Warning Letters and Consent Decree)
Categories: 1 - Analytical Metrology
2 - Laboratory Information and Management
3 - Life Sciences
4 - Quality/Regulatory/Compliance
5 - Electronic Laboratory
Instructor(s): Jim Bufano Course Number: 55
Affiliation: PCI
Course Date: 03/08/2016 - Tuesday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 12:30 PM
Fee: $300 ($400 after 2/12/16) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
Calibration programs are required to comply with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). This course describes the calibration requirements for the life science industry. We will discuss calibration terminologies, out of specifications, and the roles of various site departments related to calibrations. Also covered: US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) inspection expectations for instrument calibrations for facilities, equipment, and processes and how this relates to qualification activities. This course further describes actual FDA Warning letters and Consent Decree issues as they relate to Calibration and the areas in which various companies were cited.

Target Audience
Calibration Technicians Laboratory Technicians Laboratory Managers Quality Assurance Maintenance personnel

Course Outline
• FDA Warning letters as they relate to Calibration issues
• Consent Decree issues as they relate to Calibration
• Discuss calibration warning letters within the Manufacturing processes
• Discuss calibration warning letters within Lab equipment environment
• Discussion of Requirements for Establishing Instrument Classification, Direct Impact, In-Direct Impact, No Impact Critical, Tolerances, and Alarm Limits
• Discuss Roles and Responsibilities: Owner/User, Laboratory Personnel, Maintenance Personnel and the Quality Unit

Course Instructor's Biography
Mr. Bufano has been working in the pharmaceutical industry since 1985. His areas of expertise are in calibration, calibration program development, regulatory auditing, maintenance, engineering, validation, commissioning & qualification.  His accomplishments include development of calibration programs to assist clients in starting a calibration program to include procedures, calibration software implementation and validation, procedure writing, instrument assessment, calibration management and technician training. He has facilitated the Calibration Discussion Group events, ISPE course leader, and section coordinator for the NCSL.