Regulatory Compliance Inspections and External Audits

inspections and audit

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Compliance with guidelines established by regulatory agencies such as the WHO or the FDA is a key aspect of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). It is enforced by inspections and audits: inspections evaluate two or more systems in the manufacturing loop; audits confirm that the goals of GMP are being met.

In this introduction to the inspection and auditing processes, participants will learn about various types of inspections and about the role of regulatory bodies in ensuring the production of safe and effective drugs and medical devices.


In this course, we provide a synthesis of the topic through an interactive online experience. This material was built by a team of Regulatory Affairs Experts with a Qualification from Northeastern University, Boston, piloted by a Senior Member able to articulate theory with practice.






Lesson 1: Why are Regulatory Compliance Inspections and External Audits Important?


Lesson 2: The ICH Q10 Guidelines on Regulatory Inspections


  • Achieve Products Realization
  • Establish and Maintain a State of Control
  • Facilitate Continual Improvement


Lesson 3: Which Businesses are Subject to Compliance Inspections and External Audits?


Lesson 4: Who Monitors and Audits GMP Compliance?


  • Regulatory agencies responsible for GMP Audits


Lesson 5: Types of Regulatory Compliance Inspections


  • Routine Inspection
  • Concise Inspection
  • Follow-up Inspection
  • Special Inspection
  • Quality Systems Review
  • Frequency of Inspections


Lesson 6: FDA Guidelines for Compliance Inspection and Audit Strategy


  • Quality system
  • Inspection of Quality System (Phase 1 and Phase 2)
  • Product Reviews
  • Compliant Reviews
  • Discrepancy and Failure Investigations (for manufacturing and testing)
  • Change Control
  • Product Improvement Projects
  • Reprocessing
  • Market Returns
  • Rejects
  • Stability Failures
  • Validation
  • Staff Training
  • Facilities and Equipment System
  • Inspection of Facilities and Equipment System
  • Facilities
  • Equipment
  • Materials System
  • Production System
  • Packaging and Labeling System
  • Laboratory Control System






Ellena Jefferson
Dr. Jefferson
Dr. Jefferson is a CAPA Manager. She serves as a Training and Quality Advisor with ICONIC plc, a global provider for consulting and outsource development in the pharmaceutical industry. She holds a Masters of Science in Research Administration, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Jefferson is a fixer who continuously strives for excellence as a way of life; not just as a job.


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