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gcp trainee

How to prepare for GCP Audit and Regulatory Inspection

Duration: 1 or 2 days

Key Objectives:

Understand how to prepare for audit and inspection of clinical trials


Learn how to plan for an audit or inspection, including using appropriate checklists


Appreciate how to prepare for audit/inspection Interviews


Consider how to respond to the audit/inspection findings


Who should take this course?

This course is designed for clinical research professionals who are faced with an authority

inspection or audit.


It is ideal for quality managers, project managers, clinical research professionals from biopharma

and academic research organisations who have to guide their team through an EMA, FDA. MHRA

or other regulatory inspection and want to know what to do before, during and after an

inspection or audit.



Course Syllabus: 

1. Introduction and Objectives


2. Understanding GCP audit/Inspection for Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Trials and Why

it is an Essential Part of Quality Assurance of Clinical Trials

• Audit vs. Inspection – similarities and differences

• The concepts of quality assurance and quality control

• GCP regulations re inspection and implications for audit – eg EMEA inspection guidelines,

which are part of EudraLex 10

• Sharing experiences of inspections – group discussion


3. Audit/Inspection planning and checklist development for FDA and EMA inspections

• Use of other information available to prepare for an audit/inspection and identify areas for


• Audit checklists discussion as to what is needed and review some examples of checklists

and EU inspection guidelines

This section will focus on common inspection and audit areas to check. This will include

reviewing EMA inspection guidelines see Eudralex 10 inspection documents and

some FDA documents – eg Warning letters etc.


4. Understand how to manage audit and inspection meetings

• Opening and closing meetings

• What to look out for

• Consideration to areas to audit/inspection e.g.

• - training records

• - regulatory affairs activities

• - quality system

• - archives

• - computerised systems

• - SOPs etc

• Categorising your findings

Will include role play of how to manage an audit or inspection meeting. The session

will go through what inspectors look for in different kinds of inspections/audits.


5. Audit/Inspection Interviews

• What sort of questions could auditors/inspectors ask? – this is to help prepare and

will use real examples and sharing of experiences


6. How to respond to audit/inspection Report

• Audit reports

• Examples of audit reports

• Review of inspection reports in the public domain


7. Corrective and Preventative Action

• How to respond to inspection report findings

• Identify and find solutions to common time wasting activities in clinical research


• The auditor's role in monitoring responses to audit

• Using CAPA (corrective and preventative action – including the MHRA guideline

covering responding to inspection findings)


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