Our Services: GMP/GxP Consulting
A team of permanent GMP consultants, specialized in various fields of competence, supports our customers in the GMP-regulated industry in their tasks and problems with expertise and foresight.
Our experts are addressing professionally and efficiently your various and demanding GMP requirements. We are able to offer GMP services for individual niche solutions for your challenges as well as comprehensive packages that cover all GMP requirements arising in the context of pharmaceutical manufacturing activities.
For start-ups, we provide the implementation of a quality management system with all mandatory documents (GMP & GDP). Furthermore, our team support the GMP-compliant definition of your process steps and implementation with regard to rooms and equipment (GxP QMS, Gap analysis, qualification & validation).
With us, you obtain your manufacturing authorization and the corresponding GMP certificate within the shortest possible time and move your business idea forward as quickly as possible.
We also implement the corresponding GMP-related measures quickly, reliable, and professional if your processes, plants, premises, equipment, or products need to be changed. The scope of our GMP services depends on the project scope: half-consulting days for small projects but also several months for extensive projects.
The scope of our consulting services starts at half a consulting day. For large projects, however, we are of course also available for short, medium or long-term support. Your main contact person will support you throughout the entire project, involving several internal teams depending on the project size.
Ensure the quality of your products by setting up a QMS. Valicare's experts will support you with QM consulting, document preparation & implementation.
To ensure the proper quality of pharmaceutical and biotechnological products, numerous sets of rules of Good Practices (GxP), have been published. They cover a wide range of areas to ensure the safety of medicinal products, such as:
All these regulations require a dedicated quality management system for the respective companies. This must cover on the one hand general quality assurance measures, such as training or self-inspection, and on the other hand very individual procedural instructions for the company-specific activities.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as well as all supplementary quality management documents (QMS) should be optimally tailored to each other and to the company's organization to enable efficient and faultless work in accordance with the respective rules.
The relevant supervisory authority checks the legally compliant design of your QMS and can only grant your company a permission for the activity in question if all processes are described in compliance with the regulations.
Valicare GmbH provides professional support to create and implement your GxP-compliant quality management system!
You can commission us with the comprehensive conception and document creation for your QMS or have our experts accompany or implement the processing of individual focal points.
GMP: Good manufacturing practice | European Medicines Agency (europa.eu)
GCP: ICH E6 (R2) Good clinical practice | European Medicines Agency (europa.eu)
GLP: Good laboratory practice compliance | European Medicines Agency (europa.eu)
GDP: Good distribution practice | European Medicines Agency (europa.eu)
GMP concepts describe general procedures for quality assurance tools essential for operation of a GMP system and thereby confirm, that product and processes are compliant to the guidelines and regulatory requirements.
This comprises a multitude of documents like work instructions, standard operating procedures, concepts for training, qualification, validation, deviation and change control management, handling of OOS results, self-inspections and much more.
As these documents assure efficient and error free operation of the GMP unit, they should fit to each other and to the size of the customer side.
An essential prerequisite for the efficient and practical application of the quality assurance tools is the deep knowledge about options and variation. This and the exact description of the requirements and processes allows the adequate adaption of the tools to the real need of your GMP system.
The Valicare GmbH offers support for implementation of GMP concepts as a pure consulting service where our experts evaluate the situation and based on this give advice to the customer only.
On the other hand, Valicare GmbH provides extensive preparation of instructions for each quality assurance tool required for this GMP unit.
Get now in contact with. Tell us in which steps of GMP concept development you need support. We will promptly provide you with an offer for consulting services or creation of a concept. Together we find the ideal solutions for your project!
Design review is a well-established consultancy service of Valicare GmbH. By this procedure planned or already built technical equipment and installations are approved on quality by design criteria, suitability and GMP compliance.
The normal scope of a design review could range from viewing a single room or a whole facility. Besides GMP compliance the production capacity and customers product spectrum are important for the evaluation and will obviously be in focus of the executing consultant.
We can offer this consulting service in each mode usual in the market. For design review detailed technical documentation about the equipment and installations are required. An on-site presence of our consultants is mostly not necessary or needed.
Within Valicare GmbH and through the strong cooperation with our parent company, Syntegon Packaging Technology GmbH, comprehensive competencies about classical pharmaceutical and biotechnological production lines also for advanced therapy medicinal products and special pharmaceutical, exist.
Commonly the design review set up is prepared by one person. The documents then are checked and evaluated in presentation mode by two or three experts. In a protocol or a report of that discussion customer will get detailed descriptions of any inconsistencies or deviations observed.
Also the provided technical and organizational concepts were followed and scrutinized on the basis of known or defined process parameters.
All discussions will be closed results-orientated, and all issues will be evaluated and documented in detail. Customer will get the report of the discussion meeting and a presentation of the results on demand.
Gap analysis is a classical consulting tool to align the current with the target status
Gap analysis relates either to the entire GMP system or to individual subareas and is an active comparison of the established current state with the requirements specified by local or international GMP regulations. For example, the GMP guideline part 1 (chapter 6. Quality Control) describes the performance and documentation of a gap analysis in the context of analytical method transfers. Other sections include qualification and validation or deviation/change management.
Valicare GmbH has successfully carried out a large number of such gap analyses and offers this consulting service for all GMP systems. If, for example, you are in the process of preparing for an internal, external, or upcoming regulatory inspection, we can support you with full commitment and professional expertise by our trained and experienced consultants.
The GMP consultant first of all checks the company-specific documentation and creates a gap analysis plan. Based on this gap analysis plan, the analysis on-site will be conducted. The results of documents and on-site checks are documented and the observations and identified deviations concerning GMP requirements are discussed. All document deficiencies and gaps identified on site, e.g., in production, warehouse or laboratory, are listed separately in the analysis report. The consultant supplements the deficiencies listed in the final report with proposals for appropriate corrective actions and with addressed associated regulations.
A common scope for a gap analysis consists of one consultant day for preparation and two days on-site analysis for subsystems and up to five days for the entire site, depending on the size, as well as two additional consultant days for reporting the results.
We would be pleased to arrange an individual procedure for you based on your specific system and questions.
Most of our natural scientists and engineers are familiar with being in management positions and instruct project teams regardless whether the current exercise is located inside Valicare’s or customer’s organization.
Our employees represent expertise and competence in nearly all positions of the quality management functions like for example quality management representative, qualification & validation manager, GMP training manager, etc..
If you need personnel compensation for example for parental leave or for other short-term vacancies, our competent interim managers will support you for up to 12 months, limited to leadership positions only.
As a special service each interim manager has personnel back up at Valicare GmbH office, who is well-informed about the current situation at the customer-site, so that he or she can replace the interim manager without a long transition period, if this will be necessary. Continuity as well as additional availability during capacity intensive business periods is ensured.
Our interim managers are very flexible, and their work is charged on hourly basis only. A fixed price offer including all incidentals can be submitted on special request.
If you need compensation of a quality management function independent whether short- or long-term, contact us please and let us check for a suitable profile.
The EU GMP Guidelines as well as ICH Q10 and the national AMWHV (German Ordinance for the Manufacture of Medicinal Products and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, Arzneimittel- und Wirkstoffherstellungsverordnung) specify requirements for assuring quality of the product between the customer and contractor or supplier. In addition to suppliers of goods (manufacturers and intermediaries of starting materials, active ingredients and excipients; contract manufacturers of intermediate and finished products, packaging materials, plants, systems, spare parts, computer systems etc.), suppliers of services (with regard to calibration, maintenance, repair, pest control, storage, logistics, transport, distribution, development, manufacturing, testing, release, archiving, cleaning, clothing, consulting, third-party audits, etc.) must also be assessed in this context.
The aim of supplier qualification is, on the one hand, to safeguard supply chains throughout the product lifecycle and, on the other hand, to ensure robust internal processes in compliance with the relevant regulatory requirements.
Supplier qualifications are risk-based, with the scope and depth of the assessment depending on the process-specific risk level.
As part of risk management and on the basis of regulatory requirements, audits must be carried out by adequately trained personnel from the manufacturer or by third parties on site at the supplier's premises or by means of questionnaire audits, depending on the criticality of the goods/services. Furthermore, already qualified suppliers must be regularly re-evaluated or requalified.
Assured supply chain with qualified suppliers and robust processes is ultimately the basis for reducing complaints and ensuring medicinal product safety.
Thus, all supplier qualification actions contribute to the overall goals of medicinal product safety, efficiency and compliance.
Prior to the introduction of medicinal products to the market, the regulations of Good Practice (GxP) have to be followed during production and development.
These include, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Good Distribution Practice (GDP).
During the product life cycle of a medicinal product, quality requirements increase continuously from research and development through the different clinical phases to market maturity. Already during development and formulation, the first compliance measures for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) must be implemented. These basically include all GMP relevant topics which are to be applied on a risk-based approach according to the respective development stage.1
In case medicinal products shall be manufactured for a clinical trial, a manufacturing authorisation and a corresponding GMP certificate are already required for this purpose.2
Upon request, the respective regulatory authority will conduct an on-site inspection to verify compliance with national law and EU GMP requirements. Prior to this, an appropriate quality management system must have been established, which demonstrates suitable measures to ensure the proper quality and safety of the medicinal products according to EU standards. In particular, the following aspects must be documented and ensured: description of the internal processes, the suitability of all premises and facilities, the conformity of materials used, the qualification of the personnel and the quality of external services.
We offer full services along the entire product life cycle:
GMP in R & D
GMP for manufacturing of investigational medicinal products, including the relevant application to obtain or extend your authorization/ GMP certificate (according to § 13 or § 72 AMG):
GDP for investigational medicinal products:
With the support of our experienced professionals, you will accelerate your entry into the pharmaceutical/biotech market!
1 ICH Guideline on Pharmaceutical Development Q8(R2); in development: ICH Q14 Analytical Procedure Development and Revision of Q2 (R1) Analytical Validation; WHO Working Document QAS/20.865 (Nov. 2020) Good Practices for Research and Development Facilities;
2 for the manufacturing authorisation: according to § 13 (1) of the German Medicines Act; for the import authorisation: according to § 72 of the German Medicines Act; format according to: https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/files/eudralex/vol-10/basicformat_manufacturersauthorisation_en.pdf