It is understandable that during an investigation the initial focus is determining the cause along with the associated impact assessment and the identification and implementation of a corrective action. However, what can get overlooked during the investigation process is the importance of trending. This is a key component of root cause confirmation, assessing the appropriateness and effectivity of corrective action and determining whether there are any underlying cause/s for noted repeat incidents.
The Pink Sheet recently posted an article authored by James Davison, Ph.D. Vice President of Lachman Consultants that addresses the criticality of Data Integrity outside of the laboratory.
The article highlights that regulators are making clear that issues of data integrity go well beyond what happens in drug laboratories or clinical trials and that the data compliance issues that have plagued the laboratories are relevant to areas such as manufacturing.