PQA711 - Introduction to Quality Assurance

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Last revision date 2017-05-29 00:41:28.228
Last review date 2017-07-17 00:16:28.487


Subject Title
Introduction to Quality Assurance

Subject Description
This subject focuses on the concept of Quality Assurance/Quality Control, planning and contribution of the Quality Assurance team in an organization. Topics covered include: QA/QC theory; documentation for GMPs; SOP theory, writing & reviewing; auditing theory; deviation management and SPC/SQC; complaint-handling and product recall theory; and training on GLPs, GMPs and the International Quality Standards. Students gain significant hands on experience in document reviewing and SOP writing/reviewing as well as case study work in process deviation and Change Control processes.
 These skills were intentionally built into the program to provide students with meaningful QA skills that can be applied to their employment activities without a large training investment on behalf of the company who accepts them.

Credit Status
This is a credit toward the Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program in  Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs and Quality Operations offered through the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry and the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training.

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

  1. Prepare Quality document templates (Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Deviation Inspection Report, Change Control).
  2. Apply Good Documentation Practices and quality principles to the development, investigation and generation of reports for quality scenarios.
  3. Apply Good X Practices.
  4. Apply documentation requirements and standards.
  5. Propose actions and remediation suggestions to various compliance issues.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

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.

Prerequisite(s)
Co requisite
PRA700 - Introduction to Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs or co-ordinator permission  

Topic Outline
Introduction & Quality 

Quality Systems

GMPs

Documentation 

SOPs

Auditing

Non-Conformities/Complaints/Recalls

Change Controls

Validation

GLPs/GMPs

Regulatory Inspections/MRAs

Compliance Training

Industry Overview

Mode of Instruction
Lectures and assignments

Prescribed Texts

Canadian and United States of America GMP Regulations and Guidelines  Students order online: http://www.qualityandcompliance.com/

Reference Material
None

Required Supplies
None

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)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Modes of Evaluation
Assignments

  • 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:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

LAB COURSES
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 assignments:
SOP Development
20%
Deviation Management
20%
Deficiency Impact Analysis
20%
Change Management
20%
Ministerial Emergency Briefing
10%
Document Compliance Review
10%

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.

PLEASE RETAIN THIS SUBJECT OUTLINE FOR POSSIBLE FUTURE USE IN SUPPORT OF CREDIT APPLICATIONS AT OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Approved by: Denis Gravelle