A Validation Technician works as part of the Validation team to measure and analyse the manufacturing process, audit and calibrate equipment and create a document trail that shows the process leads to a consistent result. This ensures that the product is consistently of the highest quality.
What is Validation?
Validation describes the process of creating an evidence trail to show that an action, process or system leads to a consistent and reproducible result. This ‘result’ is typically either taking a measurement or assessing product quality.
Validation is a central part of the manufacturing process within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. The products made must be exactly the same every time and are tested at the end of the production process to ensure that this is the case but final end product testing isn’t enough.
In addition, the processes, systems and equipment that lead to their manufacture are closely scrutinised too. This establishes that they meet predetermined specifications and always produce the same result.
Each step in the manufacturing process is subject to validation, to ensure that the end products are safe and effective, every time.
Validation tasks are carried out during all stages of a product life cycle – from research and development, through to manufacture and distribution.
Validation is not only important in the establishment of manufacturing protocols but it is also used to make that changes to systems, equipment or processes within an established manufacturing system, do not change the outcome or product.
What Does a Validation Technician do?
Working within the larger validation team, and typically under the management of a validation engineer, a validation technician can have a broad range of duties.
The specific tasks required by an individual will vary depending on the role and how big the validation team is. Examples of tasks could include:
- Routine testing of manufacturing equipment
- Collection, organisation and documentation of test data
- Investigating abnormal testing results
- Troubleshooting issues identified by other staff members
- Ensuring accurate records of all validation activities
- Participation in internal audits and external inspections as required
Becoming a Validation Technician
There is currently an acute shortage of validation skills in the industry so it could be a great time to consider a mid-career change into validation. This is especially true in the Republic of Ireland.
To become a validation professional, a Bachelor’s degree (usually in science or engineering, or something similar) is the typical requirement. A lower level qualification with accompanying work experience can be a realistic alternative though.
On top of this level of education, a candidate needs to be able to demonstrate familiarity with regulatory guidelines and industry standards.
The ideal skill set for someone moving into validation includes:
- Attention to detail – it is vital that validation technicians follow validation protocols precisely to ensure that the results are reliable
- Team working – will usually be working as part of a larger validation team to accomplish larger validation goals
- Good communication skills – Must be able to take and understand instruction well, putting them into action quickly and effectively
- Mathematics – gathering, interpreting and reporting on numbers is a significant part of the role
- Computer skills – there is a lot of organisation and interpretation of data required, computer skills are essential
Want to Know More About Validation Technician Opportunities?
If you want to see more about the number and kinds of jobs that are available, check out our jobs boards for Ireland, the UK and Philadelphia, USA, and select Validation from the “Jobs by Category” menu.
What is the Salary for a Validation Technician?
To see typical salaries for a validation technician role, check out our Salaries Page.
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