Computer System Validation Professional Certificate Program

This course is designed to completely immerse you in the principles, methods, and best practices of Computer System Validation (CSV). You will learn about the regulations that impact your systems and gain hands-on practice writing validation documents. You will leave ready to lead efficient, effective, inspection–ready validation projects, whether you choose to follow a traditional waterfall or agile methodology.

Boot camp is tough and challenging. It is a five-day complete immersion in the validation process, including industry best practices and more recent advances in technology. Participants will complete hands-on validation activities through instruction, exercises, and case scenarios.

Learning Objective

  • Understand the Computer System Validation (CSV) process, which is based on the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) methodology, and learn the purpose and components of each validation deliverable
  • Learn how to develop a risk-based approach to CSV to ensure robust testing is performed for areas of high risk potential while minimizing efforts for low- or no-risk requirements
  • Gain hands-on practice creating key validation deliverables, including Validation Plans, Requirements Specifications, CSV Test Protocols (IQ, OQ, PQ), Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM), Test Summary Reports, and CSV Summary Report
  • Learn the best industry practices for validation planning, execution, documentation, and management of deviations
  • Understand what software does and does not require validation, and to what extent; we will cover Computer Off-the-Shelf (COTS) software, Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Medical Device (SaaMD), Cloud Computing and Spreadsheet
  • Understand how to leverage the GAMP®5 best industry practices to categorize your software and adjust your validation approach accordingly
  • Learn about Computer Software Assurance (CSA), and how you can adapt an agile software development methodology to the GAMP®5 "V" Model to deliver a validated system based on agile and critical thinking vs. the document-centric waterfall approach
  • Learn how to take advantage of automated test tools, where much of the documentation needed to support your effort is within the tools
  • Understand the Policies and Procedures that will support your CSV effort, as well as ongoing work to maintain a system in a validated state through its entire life cycle
  • Learn about key aspects of system retirement, data retention, and data migration
  • Learn how to prepare a Disaster Recovery (DR) Plan and a Business Continuity Management (BCM) Plan
  • Understand the key components and principles of a software quality assurance (SQA) program and auditor expectations
  • Understanding of the key FDA and international regulations and guidance regarding CSV and which apply to your company
  • Current data and recent trends showing the most common FDA Warning Letters and Form 483 Citations regarding software validation, data integrity, and compliance with 21 CFR Part 11, FDA's Guidance for Electronic Records (ER) and Electronic Signatures (ES)
  • BONUS: Course registration includes 23 hrs Instructor Led Training Online , Course Binder Electronic Copy , CSV Exam


DAY 1 - 10:30am-5:30pm ; 15m break @12pm, 1hr lunch @1pm, 15m break @4pm UK time

Module 1: FDA Compliance
  • Therac 25 Case Study
  • Lessons for today
  • Impact on CSV regulations
  • FDA Predicate Rules
  • FDA Compliance and Enforcement
  • FDA Inspection
  • FDA Compliance Toolset
  • FDA Form 483
  • FDA Warning Letter
  • Eudralex Annex 11, 20, and III
  • ICH Guidelines
  • PIC/S Guides
  • Exercise: Exploring the regulations
  • Exercise: Using
  • Quiz: FDA Guidance
Module 2: CSV Methods and Models
  • GxP Systems
  • Computer System Validation (CSV)
  • Validation, Verification, and Qualification
  • Common SDLC Methodologies
  • GAMP 5 “V” Model
  • Computer System Validation (CSV) vs. Computer Software Assurance (CSA)
  • Waterfall vs. Agile Methodology

DAY 2 (10:30am-5:30pm ; 15m break @12pm, 1hr lunch @1pm, 15m break @4pm) UK time

Module 3: CSV Planning
  • Validation Strategy Document (VSD)
  • Validation Strategy Components
  • Rationale for Validation Testing
  • GAMP 5 System Categorization
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Exercise: Risk Assessment
Module 4: System Requirements and Design
  • Requirements Development
  • User Requirements Specification (URS)
  • Functional Requirements Specification (FRS)
  • System Design/Configuration Management Specification (SDS/CMS)
  • Exercise: Application and Design
Module 5: IQ, OQ, PQ Test Planning & Execution
  • IQ, OQ, PQ Purpose and Contents
  • CSV Test Execution
  • CSV Test Summary Report
Module 6: Test and Validation Reports
  • Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM) Purpose and Contents
  • Validation Summary Report (VSR) Purpose and Contents
  • System Acceptance and Release Notification

DAY 3 (10:30am-5:30pm ; 15m break @12pm, 1hr lunch @1pm, 15m break @4pm) UK time

Module 7: CSV Operations and Maintenance
  • Maintaining a System in a Validated State
  • Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Record Retention
  • System Retirement Challenges
  • Legacy Systems and Integration
  • Data Migration
Module 8: CSV Supporting Components
  • Good Documentation Practices (GDPs)
  • Training
  • Organizational Change Management (OCM)
  • CSV Policies and Procedures
Module 9: Managing FDA-Regulated Data
  • 21 CFR Part 11 Guidance
  • Electronic Records/Signatures (ER/ES) Requirements
  • Data Life Cycle Approach
  • Data Integrity
  • Data Governance

DAY 4 (10:30am-2pm ; 30m break @12pm) UK time

Module 10: Software and Services
  • Computer Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Software
  • FDA’s “Case for Quality”
  • Cloud Systems
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) & Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Single Sign On (SSO)
  • Medical Devices and Software as a Medical Device (SaaMD)
  • Mobile Devices and Medical Application
  • Spreadsheet Validation
Module 11: Vendor Audit
  • Audit Preparation
  • Audit Execution
  • Post-Audit
Module 12: FDA Trends
  • Regulatory Influences
  • Regulatory Trends
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Current Compliance and Enforcement Trends


Module 13: Inspection Preparation
  • FDA Inspection Readiness
  • Industry Best Practices
Module 14: CSV Exercises
  • Exercise 1: CSV
  • Exercise 2: Validation Master Plan (VMP) Writing
  • Exercise 3: FDA Requirements for ER/ES
  • Exercise 4: Interviews and URS/FRS Writing
  • Exercise 5: IQ, OQ, PQ Test Protocol Writing
  • Exercise 6: RTM Writing
  • Exercise 7: Be the Consultant
  • Final Exam Prep
  • Take Home Final Exam

Registration Cost Includes:

  • Checklist of documents and the direction for how to create
  • Course binder
  • Many exercises on Validation Plan, the Requirements Traceability Matrix, and the Validation Summary Report.
  • Training Certificate

Please bring a laptop to boot camp. You will need internet access, spreadsheet and word processing applications and a PDF reader.

Who Should Attend Computer System Validation Training?

Personnel in the following roles will benefit:

  • Information Technology Analysts
  • Information Technology Developers and Testers
  • Software Quality Assurance Professionals
  • QC/QA Managers and Analysts
  • Analytical Chemists
  • Compliance and Audit Managers
  • Laboratory Managers
  • Automation Analysts
  • Manufacturing Specialists and Managers
  • Supply Chain Specialists and Managers
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialists
  • Regulatory Submissions Specialists
  • Risk Management Professionals
  • Clinical Data Analysts
  • Clinical Data Managers
  • Clinical Trial Sponsors
  • Computer System Validation Specialists
  • GMP Training Specialists
  • Business Stakeholders/Subject Matter Experts
  • Business System/Application Testers
  • Vendors responsible for software development, testing and maintenance
  • Vendors and consultants working in the life sciences industry who are involved in computer system implementation, validation and compliance

Private Session: We can bring this course to you. Save travel costs and select the dates that work for your team. Private classes start at $12,500 for up to twelve (12) students – that’s 70% off full price. for larger group pricing, additional questions, or to schedule your session.

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FDA Faculty Carolyn Troiano

Faculty Carolyn Troiano

Midlothian, Virginia, United States

Award winning FDA Compliance Speaker for Validation, 21 CFR Part 11 (Electronic Records/Signatures) and Data Integrity.

My experience includes 34+ years in IT/ Business, Marketing & Compliance leadership and management roles at a variety of Fortune 100 companies, across multiple industries.

My successes include building and managing teams and business units at multiple “greenfield” sites in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and IT consulting industries, as well as in the public sector. I have weathered numerous layoffs, mergers and acquisitions, and demonstrated my very strong leadership skills in helping staff get through difficult times.

Our Participants Testimonial

The presentation by Carolyn Troiana today was fantastic, both I and the QA Manager (Aaron Neighbour) loved it and had extensive conversation afterward about it. ( FDA Compliance and Mobile Applications Webinar )

Robert Friedland ( IT Manager) NUTEK BRAVO, LLC.

Thank you for providing the information in such detail. It was helpful to gain the perspective of somebody that has implemented these regulations in a working lab. Virtual Seminar on ( Training on Life cycle Management of Analytical Methods and Procedures - according to new FDA and USP guidelines )

Tracey Kessler ( Director of R&D) CEL-SCI Corporation

I felt the seminar was very helpful and provided good insight for DataIntegrity and what the FDA is looking for per the regulations. ( Current Regulatory Thinking on Data Integrity 2 Days Virtual Seminar )

Margaret A. Clifton ( Manager, Quality Systems) CSL Plasma

The presenters subject matter knowledge is extensive which enables information to be shared in detail. (Training Attended on Risk Based Verification and Validation Planning to Meed US FDA and ISO 13485 Requirements )

Stuart Chisholm (Sr. Principal Device Engineer) Teva Pharmaceuticals

About World Compliance Seminars (WCS)

World Compliance Seminars (WCS) is one stop solution for all your pharmaceuticalbiotechnology and medical device certification program needs. The pharmaceutical and medical device training requirements are set forth by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and other major regulatory bodies like NIHEMA, as well as numerous European based national regulatory bodies.

These requirements are important to the training of pharmaceutical reps who are responsible for the education, professional development, and on-the-job training. The training is broken down into different sections to cover a wide variety of topics, including pharmaceutical formulation, pharmaceutical transfer processes , GLP, GMP, Clinical ComplianceProcess Validation, Global Regulatory Affairs, Document Management,GMP (Good manufacturing practice) QSR and CMC and many more.

The pharmaceutical and medical device requirements that the FDA has set forth are designed to protect the public's health and safety. Pharmaceutical reps must adhere to all of the regulations and education courses provided by the FDA in order to be considered one of the best in their field. They also must complete ongoing educational opportunities and maintenance programs in order to maintain relevance and career enhancement.

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