A Quality Control Analyst tests the product of a manufacturing process to ensure that it meets with predefined criteria. The completion of this quality check ensures that the final product is safe to release for sale or distribution.
Some companies might call this role…
- QC Associate
- Quality Control (QC) Technician
- QC Specialist
Let’s take a closer look at the details of quality control and the role of a Quality Control Analyst.
Quality Control is product oriented and focuses on testing a sample of a manufacturing process to make sure that meets the required design specifications or quality standards. The product can then be released to the next stage of the production process or deemed suitable to be released for sale or distribution. 100% sampling or Statistical Process Control (SPC) are some of them more widely used techniques in quality control.
In pharmaceutical manufacturing, the sample testing is done in a laboratory so people who work in QC usually have a science/laboratory background.
The Quality Control department will test the product at various points along the manufacturing process as well as testing the final product. Each test measurement is compared to the standards pre-defined in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
If the test shows the product deviates from standard it could be destroyed or reworked (depending on the industry) and actions taken to adjust the manufacturing process to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
The standards that test measurements are compared with are internal standards, external regulations and industry-wide standards. Clear documentation must be kept to show that rigorous Quality Control has been carried out before products were authorised for release.
A job in this team carries a great responsibility. In the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, a defective product can mean significant harm to a patient. Maintaining the highest levels in product quality is essential.