Many Information Technology (IT) tools are often used to support a typical end-to-end artwork process.
Examples would include:
- Artwork creation desktop
- Electronic proof reading tools
- Document management and electronic signature systems
- Workflow tools
- Barcode creation
- Verification tools
As with any IT tools used to support a patient or product safety related process, an assessment of the risks that the tools present must be performed and the relevant Quality Management System used to ensure that those risks are managed effectively.
Typically, this risk assessment will result in most tools discussed above being considered critical and requiring management in a formal IT Quality Management System.
Anyone who has dealt with IT systems Quality Management Systems will understand that this is a complex area and we would recommend the reader consults experts in this field.
For each of the IT tools, look for evidence that a risk assessment has been carried out to identify those systems which must be managed under a Quality Management System. Where required, ensure that the systems have been validated and that they continue to be managed under an appropriate IT Quality Management System.
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