PFT959 - Laboratory Quality Assurance

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Subject Title
Laboratory Quality Assurance

Credit Status
One credit towards the Pharmaceutical Instrumentation Analyst (PIA) Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Identify the importance and applications of QA and QC in an analytical pharmaceutical laboratory.

2. Implement the various aspects of calibration and validation used in a pharmaceutical analytical laboratory.

3. Examine the need for types of documentation used in the laboratory.

4. Write and revise Standard Operating Procedures.

5. Realize the importance of Good Laboratory Practices.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Introductions; Applications of Quality, QA, and QC  Terms in an Analytical Lab

Suggestions and Guidelines for a Laboratory Quality Manual

Developing a Quality Plan for Specific Laboratory Activity

Maintenance and Calibration of Analytical Balance

Calibration of High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

Developing Guidelines for Analytical Method Validation

Laboratory Equipment Validation

Validation of  HPLC Lab Method

Writing Laboratory Method SOP

Review/Revise Laboratory Method SOP

Good Laboratory Practices

Application of Good Laboratory Practices

Mode of Instruction
Participative lectures involving group discussions, selective reading - handouts, assignments.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

  • Quality Control and the Pharmaceutical Industry, Edited by Murray Copper.
  • Application of Pharmaceutical cGMP's 1997, Barr, David, Celeste, Anthony.
  • Pharmaceutical Process Validation, 2nd Edition, 1993, Berry, Ira R; Nash, Robert A. ISBN: 0-8247-0838-5
  • Good Manufacturing Practices for Pharmaceuticals: A Plan for Total Quality Control, 4th Edition, 1997, Willig, Sidney H.; Tuckerman, Murray M.; Hitchings, William S.
  • Juran's Quality Control Handbook, 4th Edition, 1988, Juran, J. M.; Gryna, Frank M.
  • ISO Guide17025 "General Requirements for the Competence of Calibration and Testing Laboratories", 2000. International Organization for Standardization, Geneva 20, Switzerland.

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:

Laboratory Attendance

The laboratory component is essential and therefore it is strongly recommended  that you attend all labs.  Any missed labs must be supported with a legal document with three days of the lab.  Any student who fails to attend 2 scheduled laboratory classes for a 7 week subject and more than 3 laboratory classes for a 14 week subject will not pass the subject.    

Laboratory Safety
Students are required to review and understand the safety procedures and guidelines outlined on the first class and sign the sheet to this effect before beginning work in the laboratory.  Students must also wear a lab coat and safety glasses when conducting experiments.
A student who arrives without the proper safety equipment will not be permitted to participant in the lab but will be asked to leave the class.  The student will receive no grade for the lab missed.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Assignments  40%
Mid-Term exam 20%
Final Exam 40%


Other Evaluation Considerations
The student is expected to comply with the Safety Rules for working in the laboratory, sign the safety contract, and WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WEAR CONTACT LENSES in the laboratory.  The student will know where all safety equipment is located in the laboratory and will be familiar with WHMIS concepts and signage.


Approved by: Denis Gravelle