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Significance and Use
5.1 Application of the approach described within this guide is intended to satisfy international regulatory expectations in ensuring that manufacturing systems and equipment are fit for intended use, and to satisfy requirements for design, installation, operation, and performance.
5.2 The approach described in this guide applies concepts and principles introduced in the FDA initiative, Pharmaceutical cGMPs for the 21st Century—A Risk-Based Approach.
5.3 This guide supports, and is consistent with, the framework described in ICH Q8, ICH Q9, ICH Q10, and ICH Q11.
5.4 This guide may be used independently or in conjunction with other E55 standards published by ASTM International.
1.1 This guide is applicable to all elements of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing systems including: facility equipment, process equipment, supporting utilities, associated process monitoring and control systems, and automation systems that have the potential to affect product quality and patient safety.
1.2 For brevity, these are referred to throughout the rest of this guide as manufacturing systems.
1.3 This guide may also be applied to laboratory, information, and medical device manufacturing systems.
1.4 This guide is applicable to both new and existing manufacturing systems. The approach may be used for the implementation of changes to existing systems, and their continuous improvement during operation.
1.5 This guide is applicable throughout the life-cycle of the manufacturing system from concept to retirement.
1.6 This standard does not address employee health and safety, environmental, or other non-GxP regulations. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
Other PublicationsICH Q10 Pharmaceutical Quality System ICH Q11 Development and Manufacture of Drug Substances (Chemical Entities and Biotechnological/Biological Entities) ICH Q8 Pharmaceutical Development Available from International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH), ICH Secretariat, c/o IFPMA, 15 ch. Louis-Dunant, P.O. Box 195, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland, http://www.ich.org. ICH Q9 Quality Risk Management Pharmaceutical cGMPs for the 21st Century --A Risk-Based Approach
E2363 Terminology Relating to Process Analytical Technology in the Pharmaceutical Industry
E2474 Practice for Pharmaceutical Process Design Utilizing Process Analytical Technology
E2475 Guide for Process Understanding Related to Pharmaceutical Manufacture and Control
E2476 Guide for Risk Assessment and Risk Control as it Impacts the Design, Development, and Operation of PAT Processes for Pharmaceutical Manufacture
E2537 Guide for Application of Continuous Quality Verification to Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing
E2629 Guide for Verification of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) Enabled Control Systems
ICS Number Code 11.120.99 (Other standards related to pharmaceutics)
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ASTM E2500-13, Standard Guide for Specification, Design, and Verification of Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Systems and Equipment, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top