Drug device combination products


New opportunities for GMP/GDP assessment from exceptional circumstances


The Covid 19 pandemic has prompted companies to review approaches and ways of working; one of the aspects touched upon is an alternative approach on audits management which has a potentiality to be used even in the routine basis as equivalent to the established methodology (on-site audit).
The course “Remote Audits” aims to improve the knowledge of remote auditing technique with evaluation of relevant pros and cons vs. on-site one, presenting challenges but mostly good opportunities of a possible use of a combination of the two modalities for GMP/GDP qualification and routine audits.
The delegate will become more familiar with efforts to be put and tools to be used in every process step of remote GMP/GDP auditing process, with the objective of achieving a complete and effective overview getting the expected interchange with on-site ones.
He will get additional awareness on the meaningful importance of a risk-based approach both for auditing process preliminary planning stages as well as for decisions on reauditing timelines.
The course “Remote Audits” will provide also additional guidance and applicable suggestions, based on experienced situations presented as unreferenced case studies.



Learning objectives of the course on Remote Audits

To understand similarities and differences between remote and on-site auditing techniques and assess applicability criteria of the former
To underline the importance of risk-based planning and feasibility evaluation steps
To review methodology to get an effective audit planning step
To identify key moment during audit conduct
To achieve familiarity with audit closing meeting: communication of exit notes and/or audit findings


Times are UTC +1 (Rome time)


Overview of guidance documents

  • Definition and scope
  • Actual and potential future applicability

Peculiarities of remote audit

  • Communication
  • Systems access
  • Documents sharing
  • Document review
  • GMP operations overview

Remote audit vs. on-site audit

  • Plant tour
  • Communication and inter-personal relation
  • Time management


Remote Audit Step 1: audit planning and feasibility

  • Audit plan:
  • Priorities
  • Risk/criticality assessment
  • Early contact with Auditee
  • Feasibility questionnaire and “negotiation of practical items”

Remote Audit Step 2: audit agenda

  • Audit announcement
  • Resources requirements
  • Inclusion of practical items and potential challenges in agenda
  • Who’s in charge of practical items?


Remote Audit Step 3: conducting remote audit

  • Opening meeting
  • Audit execution
  • Wrap-up meeting
  • Closing meeting

Remote Audit Step 4: audit report

  • GMP/GDP non-compliance: Findings rating and classification
  • Audit report conclusions


Workshop – Final session
Discussion on case studies presented during previous sessions

  • Q&A
This Training Course is of particular interest for:

  • Quality Unit Specialists and Managers
  • Qualified Persons and any other cross-functional Team Member (e.g. Manufacturing, Engineering, Purchasing Departments) dealing with first level (self-inspection)
  • API Manufacturers, Vendor and Outsourced GMP-Services Providers audits
Stefano Scorsini
Solid experience with more than 30 years in GMP Pharmaceutical Operations covering different roles (Head of Manufacturing Departments, Production Manager, Manufacturing site Director), completed by the fact of being appointed first Italian Technical Director (1992-2000) and then EU and MHRA Qualified Person in different Pharmaceutical Companies. Dr  Scorsini had consolidated a remarkable experience in different areas as : Management of Quality System elements with associated routine tasks (Changes, Complaints, Deviations / Investigations, Risk assessment, APQRs), GMP/GDP auditing processes (Lead Auditor since 2014), entire flow of GMP pharmaceutical operations, project management of technology transfers, management of selection, installations and qualification – validation of production equipment and associated utilities, URS definition and start-up of ERP systems.

€ 400 early bird fee, expires on February 22, 2023
€ 450 full price
VAT not included. Please inquire for discounts for multiple registrations. Discounts are not cumulative.

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