“Data integrity” refers to the overall accuracy of data, including completeness and consistency. Recently, authorities have been extra strict when it comes to weighing data integrity issues. In this blog, we’ll go over some important steps you can take to ensure data integrity, and avoid costly mistakes!
The Importance of Data Integrity in Pharma Production
We all know that data in the pharma production chain has to be not only accurate, but traceable as well. We also all know that Good Documentation Practices (GDP) are important to adhere to in every area—but recent crackdowns on data integrity issues have revealed that GDP guidelines are often implemented insufficiently.
These crackdowns have come in the form of U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning letters, as well as EU non-compliance reports. This data has shown that manual recordkeeping and transcription is a huge source for error, and that automating data gathering is one of the best ways to avoid these kinds of errors.
How to Ensure Weighing Data Integrity
Unfortunately, a lot of data integrity issues come from something we all suffer from: human error! Mistakes simply happen, but there are always opportunities to mitigate these kinds of risks.
For starters, the more digital you can go, the better! This applies to everything from handwritten notes to the scales and softwares you use. You want to make sure that your data is as accurate as possible—as well as stored as securely as possible.
Do yourself a favor and ditch handwritten anything. Instead, print labels for things and opt for typed and printed records instead of handwritten ones. This will significantly reduce human error and miscommunication. Along the same vein, utilize a scanner! This allows you to quickly and accurately make digital copies of important documents.
And speaking of going digital, the equipment you use and the accompanying software goes a long way in keeping things complete, consistent, and accurate. Make sure you have the proper scale for your work environment and product! Whether you need an explosion-proof scale, a bench scale, or a large platform scale, investing in high-quality equipment will help ensure weighing data integrity. The same goes for software!
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