Process, Chemical, Petroleum or Project Engineering Background?
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IQ OQ PQ Validation Protocols form a crucial part of pharmaceutical plant projects and having a fundamental understanding of how these protocols are put together and interpreted is a fundamental skillset of any engineer cross-training to work in this area.

  • Develop your own IQ OQ PQ Validation Protocol for a Clean in Place System.

  • Validate Equipment and Systems.

  • Hit the ground running from day one with this fundamental skill.

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday 4th November
  • Study Online 15 hrs/week
  • 2 Modules over 15 Weeks
  • Join 2340 Learners
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Process, Chemical, Petroleum or Project Engineering Background?

Take our “Validation Training Course (ONLINE)” and Learn to Populate an IQ OQ PQ Validation Protocol

IQ OQ PQ Validation Protocols form a crucial part of pharmaceutical plant projects and having a fundamental understanding of how these protocols are put together and interpreted is a fundamental skillset of any engineer cross-training to work in this area.

Commissioning & Qualification (IQ OQ PQ) of Equipment and Systems Course

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  • Develop your own IQ OQ PQ Validation Protocol for a Clean in Place System.

  • Validate Equipments and Systems.

  • Hit the ground running from day one with this fundamental skill.

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday 4th November

  • Study Online 14 hrs/week
  • 2 Modules over 15 Weeks
  • Join 2340 Learners
Apply NOW to Learn How to Populate a Pharma Validation Protocol

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Minimum Entry Requirements

You MUST have one of the following:

  • You are a process / chemical / petroleum / project / civil engineer or a lab/scientist and want to move into validation.
    Or
  • You have commissioning & qualification experience in ANY INDUSTRY e.g. Oil and Gas, Food Manufacturing, Mechanical or Electrical Construction, etc.
    Or
  • You already work in validation but have no formal training on IQ OQ PQ validation protocols and want to learn more.

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Who Uses IQ OQ PQ Validation Protocols?

  • Pharmaceutical companies working on ongoing projects.
  • Engineering consultancies working on capital projects for this sector.

How Will Learning Validation Protocols Help My Career?

  • Validation Protocols form a fundamental building block of any capital project within this sector.
  • Being able to read and interpret a validation protocol is a fundamental skillset of any process, chemical, petroleum, project or any engineer cross-training to work in this area.
  • It will boost your qualification for any pharmaceutical companies or engineering consultancies working on ongoing projects.
  • Hit the ground running from day one with this fundamental skillset. Don’t wast months of your time trying to muddle through.

By the end of this program, you”ll be able to:

What you’ll learn – There are 2 modules in this 15-week program

Module 1 – Manufacturing Safe Medicines (Weeks 1-5)

In this module, you’ll learn about the systems used in pharmaceutical manufacturing. You’ll learn about the rules and regulations such as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) that you need to follow. And you’ll learn enough technical information to get you talking to employers.

Module 2 – Commissioning and Qualification (IQ OQ PQ) of Equipment and Systems (Weeks 6-15)

This is the validation bit. In this module, you will develop your own 100-page Validation Protocol to commission and qualify a clean-in-place system. You will also learn to read P&IDs, Piping Isometrics & Electrical Loop Drawings used to Develop Validation protocols. And you’ll learn how to qualify equipment, instruments and piping systems, along with automation controls and building facilities.

Already Have Validation Experience?

If you already have some experience working in Validation and know how to populate an IQ OQ PQ validation protocol, check out our academically accredited Pharmaceutical Validation Training Course (Online) – For Senior Validation Roles.

So What Is Validation?

Validation creates a documented evidence trail (through rigorously checking and testing) to demonstrate that a system, procedure or process used in the production and testing of the pharmaceutical product:

  • maintains compliance at all stages
  • and leads to a consistent and reproducible result

Commission and Qualification is one part of a larger validation process for making sure that a facility – and the equipment in it – will function as required and be approved by the regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over that facility.

An IQ OQ PQ Validation Protocol is a written plan stating how validation will be conducted including test parameters, product characteristics, production equipment and decision points on what constitutes an acceptable result.

IQ OQ PQ or Installation QualificationOperational Qualification and Performance Qualification are 3 independent and documented procedures used together (when executing a validation protocol) to check and test that a mechanical or software system is;

  • installed correctly
  • meets its design requirements and specifications
  • operates the way in which it was designed under load

Need More Detailed Information?

What are IQ, OQ and PQ?
What is a Validation Protocol?
IQ, OQ PQ Templates

Watch this Video on a Validation Engineer’s Role!

For a great insight into validation roles from someone actually in the job, check out this video from the About Bioscience website, produced by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR).

GetReskilled Success Stories

Commissioning & Qualification (IQ OQ PQ) of Equipment and Systems Course

Regina McNamara

“I Can Study Around Work and Family Commitments”

Studying online is working well for me as I study around work and family commitments.

I would recommend this course to anyone that wants a new career in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing industry.

Commissioning & Qualification (IQ OQ PQ) of Equipment and Systems Course

Mehmet Hascan

“Material was Delivered in an Engaging, Interesting and Supportive Way”

The administration staff and lecturers at Getreskilled are first class and the course material was delivered in an engaging, interesting and supportive way.

I have now been working at Johnson and Johnson Vision Care as Validation Engineer in Limerick and I look forward to put what I have learned into practice.

Commissioning & Qualification (IQ OQ PQ) of Equipment and Systems Course

Sharon Egan

“Structurally Well Planned with the Opportunity for Practical Application”

I found it to be interesting, structurally well planned with the opportunity for practical application of the course modules through various assignments.

I have worked in the Medical Device/Pharmaceutical and Food industries and found the course to be extremely relevant to all industries.

What Does the Online Classroom Look Like?

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We use one centralized platform where you can log into your classroom. There you will get your weekly program materials and assignments, ask questions, reply to messages, and more.

Each week, you’ll complete a series of videos, quizzes, interactive activities and validation focused projects through our online platform, available to access 24/7.
We release only one week’s worth of material at a time and then MANUALLY check your activity logs weekly to make sure that you’re managing to keep up with your workload. This helps us to spot any potential issues early. And you’ll have a dedicated course leader who will follow up with you if it looks like you’re starting to fall behind.
Your working schedules are unpredictable so we offer flexible delivery. Slow down, speed up or pause the delivery of the program.

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GetReskilled Success Stories

Commissioning & Qualification (IQ OQ PQ) of Equipment and Systems Course

Colin Lane

“Validation – A Career Move to Tell Your Friends About”

“I would say to anybody out there, if you’re thinking about doing this validation course, just go for it. Do it.

There’s a great opportunity within the course to learn. There’s a lot of detail about what goes on in the industry, on the floor, how things happen. Focus just as much on learning to actually educate yourself as much as passing exams. You actually have to embrace it and really get interested in the course material.

Commissioning & Qualification (IQ OQ PQ) of Equipment and Systems Course

Charles O Neill

“With hard work and determination, you can achieve your goal”

“As a pipefitter/Plumber who worked within the pharmaceutical industry for the last 20yrs, this program gave me the tools I required for a career change and to upskill for a job in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Without this course, I don’t think I would have achieved this. I am happy to say that I have been successful in my employment search.

It is worth the challenge and with hard work and determination, you can achieve your goal.

It gave me a better understanding of pharmaceutical protocols and how the pharmaceutical industry works as a whole.”

Delivered by an Industry Expert

Dr.Joe Brady Lecturer at GetTeskilled

Dr. Joe Brady

Full-Time Validation Lead
Lecturer, Technological University Dublin, Ireland
Senior Associate, GetReskilled

Dr. Joe Brady is full-time practicing Validation Lead and an assistant lecturer with Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Joe is a certified trainer and highly experienced in competency-based training. He designs and prepares educational modules and full academic programs ranging from MSc, MEngSc. BSc, to Certificate level, for a range of academic institution.

He is also a supervisor for MSc/MEngSc and PhD theses. Joe has over twenty years of project experience in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries in Ireland, Singapore, China, The Netherlands, France and the USA.

Your 10 or 15 Week Class Schedule

NOTE: If you worked in a GMP Regulated Pharmaceutical or Medical Device manufacturing environment, you are exempt from the first 5 weeks (Module 1) of the program and get a price reduction. 

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Module 1 – Manufacturing Safe Medicines (Weeks 1-5)

  • Topic-1 Finished Medicinal Products
    In this lesson, we learn about medical products and the various ways drug products are administered.
  • Topic-2 Focus on Patient Safety and Product Quality
    In this lesson, we will develop a deeper understanding of the importance of patient safety and product quality for medicines and medical devices.
  • Topic-3 ISO9001:2008
    This lesson is about the key requirements of a quality management system.
  • Topic -4 Product Quality and Current Good Manufacturing Practices [ cGMP ]
    In this lesson, we learn how to scientifically define product quality. This lesson also gives an insight into the high-level principles of current good manufacturing practices (cGMP).
  • Topic -5 API Regulatory Guidelines
    In this lesson, we describe the characteristics of a GMP that can be followed to manufacture an API.
  • Topic-6 ISO-9001 ‘Continual Improvement’ & ICH Q10 Pharmaceutical Quality System
    This lesson explains the concept of ‘continual improvement’ as part of a company’s quality management system and describes an effective corrective action process and a preventive action process (CAPA). It also gives details on the product-lifecycle for a pharmaceutical product and describes the monitoring of process performance and product quality.
  • Topic-7 Quality Systems Approach to Pharmaceutical cGMP Regulations-The Quality Systems Mode
    In this lesson, we describe a quality system model in accordance with management responsibilities, resources, manufacturing operations, and evaluation activities.
  • Topic-8 FDAMedicalDeviceRules-CFR820
    In this lesson, we look at how the FDA classifies medical devices and explore the basis of that classification system.
  • Topic -9 Medical Device Regulations and Guidelines – ISO 13485 / CFR 820
    In this lesson, we look at some GMP regulatory and ISO guidance documents that are associated with the manufacture of medical devices.
  • Topic-1 Process Validation
    In this lesson, we will learn about the various definitions of ‘validation’, as well as for ‘commissioning’, ‘qualification’ and ‘verification.
  • Topic-2 ASTME2500 – Standard Guide for Specification, Design and Verification
    In this lesson, we will describe a specification, design, and verification approach for equipment systems associated with the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries.
  • Topic-3 PQ,OQ and IQ
    In this lesson, we are going to define the terms installation qualification (IQ), operational qualification (OQ) and performance qualification (PQ), and we will also list what typical project design documents are required to prepare such testing protocols.
  • Topic-4 Cleaning Validation
    This class takes a high-level look at a typical cleaning validation sequence. It looks at how to determine the basis for quantification limits and explains how to determine cleanliness levels on the basis of the analytical testing of representative samples. Sampling is described in terms of sampling-equipment, sampling -locations, and sampling –procedures.
  • Topic-5 Introduction to Quality Risk Management (QRM)
    In this lesson, we will develop an understanding of the history and the crucial importance of risk management as well as the basic steps involved in its application.
  • Topic -6 Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) – step 4 ‘Workshop’ exercise
    In this lesson, we learn about the risk management tool ‘Fault Tree Analysis’ and see an example of where and how we can use it.
  • Topic -7 Failure Mode, Effects (and Criticality) Analysis (FMEA / FMEAC) – Step 4 ‘Workshop’ exercise
  • This presentation shows an example of the main steps in performing a ‘Failure Mode, Effects Analysis’ (FMEA) and describes how this risk management technique summarizes the important modes of (a) failure, (b) factors causing these failures, and (c) the likely effects of these failures.
  • Topic-8 Documenting the Quality Risk Management Process
    In this lesson, we take a practical look at managing a complete risk management process in terms of identifying risk, analyzing risk, evaluating risk, and controlling risk.
  • Topic-1 Batch Organic Chemical Synthesis
    In this lesson, we describe the typical equipment and process stages of the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) using batch organic chemistry synthesis
  • Topic-2 Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing, Upstream, Fermentation
    This lesson describes a conventional biotechnological process and introduces the following process sequences:

    • Stage-I – Upstream Processing
    • Stage-II – Fermentation / Bio-reaction
    • Stage-III – Downstream Processing
  • Topic -3 Tablet Manufacturing
    In this lesson, we will explore the critical process parameters and quality attributes associated with the manufacture of medicinal tablets.
  • Topic -4 Aseptic & Sterile Manufacturing
    In this lesson, we look at critical process parameters and quality attributes associated with aseptic processing and terminal sterilization products for parenteral products.
  • Topic-1 Purified Water (PUW) Generation, Storage and Distribution
    2-6-1, 2-6-2, 2-6-3 In these presentations we look at methodologies to generate, store and distribute pharmacopeia grade purified water (PUW).
  • Topic -2 Clean Steam Generators – 2 videos
    3-5-1, 3-5-2 the objective of this lesson is to demonstrate how we produce clean steam using ‘Single-Effect Distillation’ ‘Multiple-Effect Distillation
  • Topic -3 WFI Storage and Distribution
    In this lesson, we take a look at a process for the storage and distribution of pharmacopeia grade water for injection (WFI) and how to maintain its specification
  • Topic -4 Engineering Aspects of Cleaning, and Cleaning Equipment
    This class discusses how to clean and decontaminate surfaces using CIP (clean-in-place), agitated Immersion, static Immersion (Soaking), and automated parts washers, ultrasonic cleaning, high-pressure spraying, and manual cleaning
  • Topic-5 Chemistry Aspects of Cleaning
    This lesson explores chemistry aspects of cleaning in terms of solubility, solubilisation, emulsification, dispersion, wetting, hydrolysis, oxidation and physical removal.
  • Topic -6 Steam Sterilization in Place
    In this lesson, we look at the mechanism behind sterilization of process equipment using saturated steam.
  • Topic-7 HVAC Requirements for Non-Sterile API Manufacturing
    In this lesson, we look at how to use airflow direction as a means of a containment barrier between
    operational areas in a non-sterile multi-product active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing facility.
  • Topic-8 Cleanroom Layout–2 videos
    4-3-1, 4-3-2, In these presentations, we take a high-level look at a common cleanroom configuration and discuss items
    such as airflow direction, filter arrangements, cleanroom garments, and personnel and material flows. Another objective of this lesson is to also gain an understanding of personnel and material flows in a controlled airflow environment designed to contain high potency chemicals.
  • Topic -9 Area Classification Protection
    In this lesson, we observe a range of airlock configurations typically used in combination with safety under operational conditions to maintain the specification of critical environmental zones, such as those used in open processing, that have a major impact on product quality and patient.
  • Topic -10 Cleanroom Gowning
    In this lesson, we describe clothing that will minimize dispersion from skin and clothing for personnel working within a cleanroom environment
  • Topic -11 Cleanroom Monitoring – Physical Tests
    In this lesson we discuss typical physical tests to monitor cleanroom environments: non-viable particle counts, pressure differentials, airflow velocity, air change rate, and filter integrity testing.

Write a 4-5 page essay, which you could present at a job interview to clearly demonstrate your Technical Knowledge and Understanding of the Quality Culture necessary to work in a GMP regulated manufacturing environment. It will confirm your understanding of how to Manufacture Safe Medicines and Medical Devices in a GMP regulated environment and will include the following topics:

  • The key requirements of a quality management system
  • The manufacturing responsibilities for quality systems
  • The cleaning validation sequence and how to determine cleanliness levels
  • The documentation of a complete risk management process in terms of identify risk, analyzing risk, evaluating risk and controlling risk.
  • The typical equipment and process stages used in the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients
  • The critical process parameters and quality attributes associated with the manufacture of tablets.
  • The generation, storage and distribution of pharmacopeia grade Purified Water (PUW).
  • The common cleanroom configuration and airflow direction that governs personnel and material flows in a biopharmaceutical manufacturing environment

Module 2 – Commissioning and Qualification (IQ OQ PQ) of Equipment and Systems (Weeks 6-15)

  • 1.1 Design Documents Required for Generation of Installation and Functional Tests
    In this lesson, you will get an overall concept of the course. We will learn about the design of equipment, instrumentation, piping and control elements of a typical process system. We will also learn about the development of a testing verification protocol that we could present to the regulatory authorities demonstrating the system is fit for its intended use.
  • 1.2 User Specification for a Reactor
    In this lesson, we will see the basic equipment configuration for a typical reactor system used for industrial chemical processing.
  • 1.3 Equipment Configuration and Process Sequence for a Reactor
    In this lesson, we will go through a typical process sequence when using a reactor for chemical processing.
  • 1.4 Generation of Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID)
    In this lesson, we are going to look at a P&ID as a controlled document that is the basis of any process design. This is the first look we take at our ‘Hot Detergent and Hot PUW Generation and Distribution Skid System’. During the remainder of this course, we will extensively explore all design elements and generate an appropriate testing verification protocol.
  • 1.5 URS for Hot Detergent and Hot PUW Generation and Distribution Skid System
    We’ve already taken a first look take at our ‘Hot Detergent and Hot PUW Generation and Distribution Skid System’. Now we are going to examine the main equipment components and describe the major interconnectivity between them.
  • 1.6 Equipment List
    In this lesson, we are going to align the project equipment list against the P&ID.
  • 1.7 Instrument List
    In this lesson, we are going to align the project instrument list against the P&ID.
  • 1.8 Inline Components List
    In this lesson, we are going to align the project inline component list against the P&ID.
  • 2.1 Protocol Content – Part-1: Objective, System Description and Scope
    In this lesson, we’ll start the process of developing a testing verification (qualification) protocol beginning with objective, system description and scope.
  • 2.2 System Impact Assessment
    The objective of this lesson is to determine whether or not our ‘Hot Detergent and Hot PUW Generation and Distribution Skid System’ is a direct impact system in the context of product quality and patient safety.
  • 2.3 cGMP Testing Principles
    This lesson considers high-level requirements when preparing a standard testing document.
  • 2.4 Valves
    In this lesson, we take a look at valves as part of inline pipe fittings.
  • 2.5 Piping (Line) List
    In this lesson, we are going to align the project piping (line) list against the P&ID.
  • 2.6 Testing Traceability Matrix for Equipment System – First Pass
    In this lesson, we take our first look at the traceability matrix. This is a mechanism for tracing requirements through to the testing documents. Here we are using the matrix as a method to help plan necessary installation and functional/operational tests. We will also reference the project validation plan.
  • 3.1 Protocol Content – Part-2: Responsibilities and Installation Testing
    Resuming with the process of developing our testing verification (qualification) protocol we continue with responsibilities and introduce installation-testing.
  • 3.2 Minimum Elements of a Test Script
    Having already considered high-level requirements when preparing a standard testing document, this document proposes a formatting structure for a test script.
  • 3.3 Good Documentation and Records Management
    The objective of this lesson is to give guidance on how to complete any written record, e.g. test script, batch sheet, training record, etc., to ensure the present and future integrity of that record.
  • 3.4 Component Level Impact Assessment: Part-1 – Product Contact Components
    In order to begin determining the content of our testing verification (qualification) protocol, we need to establish which components have an impact on product quality and product safety. Here
    we begin by first taking a look at product-contact critical components.
  • 3.5 Installation Test: P&ID Walk-Down
    The objective of this lesson is to describe a visual-installation test for equipment, instrumentation, piping and inline components in the form of a ‘P&ID Walkdown’.
  • 3.6 Installation Test: Equipment Verification
    The objective of this lesson is to describe an installation test for equipment in terms of both visual and documentation checks.
  • 3.7 Pumps
    In this lesson, we look at certain pumps used in the process industry and describe their operation.
  • 4.1 Piping Components
    This lesson is an introduction to the various components that make up a complete section of the pipeline.
  • 4.2 Relating P&IDs and Piping Isometrics
    This lesson describes piping isometric as a detailed design specification providing information for fabrication and installation of pipes.
  • 4.3 Relating Piping Isometrics and 3D CAD Images
    In this lesson, we overlay the P&ID content and the isometric details onto the CAD (computer-aided design) design.
  • 4.4 Material Traceability
    The objective of this lesson is to demonstrate how a mechanical contractor would keep a material record of all piping components during the fabrication and installation of a pipeline section.
  • 4.5 Piping Tests
    The objective of this lesson is to describe a range of non-destructive testing (NDT) routinely conducted on newly installed piping.
  • 4.6 Heat Exchangers
    This lesson is an introduction to heat exchangers where we use a thermal utility service to heat or cool a process fluid.
  • 4.7 Instrumentation Symbols and Identification
    In this lesson, we are going to look at how most industries tag an instrument using alphabetical identifiers.
  • 4.8 Installation Test: Piping Verification
    The objective of this lesson is to describe an installation test for piping in terms of both visual and documentation checks.
  • 5.1 Process Control
    This lesson is an introduction to conventional process control using one-way digital and analog signals.
  • 5.2 P&ID Instrumentation Identification
    In this lesson, we are again going to identify the instrumentation type on the P&ID but this time using the alphabetical identifiers.
  • 5.3 Input-Output (I/O) List
    In this lesson, we are going to align the project Input-Output (I/O) list against the P&ID and identify signal types.
  • 5.4 Process Control Hardware Panels
    In this lesson, we take a look inside a traditional process control cabinet and identify the various components within. We also look at digital and analog wiring diagrams.
  • 5.5 Loop Signal Verification
    In this lesson, we learn how to ‘tune’ control loops, typically, during the commissioning phase of the project.
  • 5.6 Installation Test: Instrument Verification
    The objective of this lesson is to describe an installation test for instrumentation in terms of both visual and documentation checks.
  • 5.7 Proportional–Integral–Derivative Contro