(PRWEB) February 20, 2013
As the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry wrestles with a classic instance of “be careful what you ask for,” Minitab Inc. is responding with a training course designed to help compliance and quality professionals navigate a drastically altered regulatory landscape.
As one of the most heavily-regulated industries, pharmaceutical manufacturers have long lamented to FDA regulators that the industry should have flexibility in how to validate its processes. They got their wish in January 2011, when the FDA issued new validation guidance that provides that flexibility.
According to the FDA's new validation guidance, companies are no longer told how many samples they need to pull or how many batches they need to run. Instead, companies must validate processes at each point in the product development pipeline. The FDA has recommended three stages for process validation in the new guidance document.
Pharmaceutical quality improvement practitioners in the Los Angeles area can learn how to use data analysis to validate processes within each FDA-recommended stage by attending the Statistics for Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices training series. It will be held April 2-5 at MicroTek, 222 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 1240, El Segundo, CA 90245.
The training is offered and conducted by Minitab Inc., the leading provider of software for quality improvement and statistics education. The full four days of training costs $1700. People who register for two or more days of training and pay before March 3, 2013 receive a 10% early-bird discount. In addition, two or more people from the same organization receive a 5% discount if they register before April 2. Online registration is available at http://www.minitab.com/en-US/training/instructor-led/training-details.aspx?eventId=1099.
The courses are tailored for professionals working in manufacturing-based pharmaceuticals and medical devices companies, emphasizing the application of statistical tools to the different stages of the FDA 2011 Process Validation Guidance.
Course materials include real-world examples and exercises, such as performing stability analysis to establish product expiration dates.
“Participants will learn to select the right statistical tool for each stage of the FDA 2011 Process Validation Guideline and then how to correctly interpret the results of the analysis,” says Luis Mateo, Minitab technical training specialist, who will teach the course.
Minitab trainers are seasoned statisticians with years of experience implementing quality improvement projects. They make complex concepts easy to grasp, and are highly regarded for their engaging style and personal attention.
Mateo earned his B.A. in Physics from Colgate University in 1995 and his M.A. in Applied Statistics from Columbia University in 1998. He has more than seven years of experience applying statistics to improve the quality of consumer products at global companies such as Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever Research and Pepsi Co. As a multi-lingual statistician (English, Spanish and Portuguese), Luis has helped international laboratories implement experimental designs and statistical methods of analyses.
The skills covered in the four day-long courses are detailed below:
Statistics for Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices (Days 1-4)
Topics include t-Tests for testing targets, Gage R&R for measurement system verification, Capability Analysis for Normal and Attribute Data, Variables and Attribute Control Charts, Acceptance Sampling for incoming/outgoing inspections, Regression for modeling observational data, ANOVA, DOE for process improvement, Stability Analysis for establishing expiration dates and Reliability. Also covers importing data, formatting data, creating/editing graphs and general tips.
Minitab Inc. is one of the world’s leading developers of statistical and process improvement software. Thousands of distinguished companies use Minitab software, including Toshiba, DuPont, Boeing, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nestlé and Pfizer. Minitab products are backed by outstanding services, including training, e-learning opportunities and free technical support.
Minitab Inc., headquartered in State College, Pa., operates offices in the United Kingdom, France and Australia and has additional representatives throughout the world.