Reviewing a Process Qualification Report (PQR) as a virtual Qualified Person (QP) requires a systematic approach to ensure thoroughness, accuracy, and compliance. Here is a streamlined and effective way to conduct the review:

  1. Preparation

1.1 Understand the Context

  • Scope and Objective: Familiarize yourself with the purpose and scope of the PQR, including the specific process being qualified.
  • Regulatory Requirements: Review relevant regulatory guidelines and company SOPs to understand the compliance framework.
  1. Initial Document Assessment

2.1 Verify Document Completeness

  • Sections: Ensure all required sections of the PQR are present (e.g., introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusions, and appendices).
  • Signatures: Check for necessary approvals and signatures to confirm that the report has been reviewed internally before reaching you.
  1. Detailed Content Review

3.1 Protocol Adherence

  • Protocol Compliance: Verify that the qualification activities were conducted according to the approved protocol.
  • Deviation Handling: Ensure any deviations from the protocol are documented, justified, and resolved.

3.2 Methodology Evaluation

  • Sampling Plan: Assess the adequacy of the sampling plan and ensure it appropriately represents the process.
  • Analytical Methods: Confirm that analytical methods used are validated and suitable for their intended purpose.

3.3 Data Review

  • Raw Data Verification: Check the accuracy and completeness of raw data entries.
  • Result Interpretation: Evaluate the data analysis and ensure results meet predefined acceptance criteria.
  • Statistical Analysis: Review statistical methods used and ensure they are appropriate and correctly applied.



  1. Critical Analysis

4.1 Deviation and Non-Conformance Management

  • Identification and Documentation: Ensure all deviations and non-conformances are identified and documented.
  • Impact Assessment: Evaluate the impact of deviations on the qualification outcome.
  • Corrective Actions: Review the effectiveness of corrective and preventive actions (CAPA).

4.2 Risk Assessment

  • Risk Analysis: Conduct a risk assessment to evaluate any potential impact on product quality or patient safety.
  • Risk Mitigation: Ensure appropriate risk mitigation measures are implemented and documented.
  1. Conclusions and Recommendations

5.1 Summary of Findings

  • Consolidate Findings: Summarize the key findings of the review, highlighting any issues and their resolutions.
  • Draw Conclusions: Provide clear conclusions on whether the process meets the qualification criteria.

5.2 Recommendations

  • Approval: Recommend the approval or rejection of the PQR based on the review.
  • Further Actions: Suggest any additional actions required, such as requalification, additional testing, or process improvements.
  1. Documentation and Reporting

6.1 Review Report

  • Document Review Notes: Keep detailed notes of your review, including any comments, questions, and decisions.
  • Prepare Review Summary: Create a comprehensive review report summarizing the review process, findings, and recommendations.

6.2 Communication

  • Stakeholder Communication: Communicate findings and recommendations to relevant stakeholders (e.g., manufacturing, quality assurance, regulatory affairs).
  • Follow-Up Actions: Ensure follow-up on any required actions based on your recommendations.
  1. Final Approval
  • Sign-Off: Provide your final approval or disapproval of the PQR.
  • Record Keeping: Ensure all documents related to the PQR review are properly archived for future reference and regulatory audits.

Tools and Best Practices

  • Collaboration Tools: Use virtual collaboration tools (e.g., shared document platforms, video conferencing) to communicate with the team and review documents.
  • Checklists: Utilize checklists to ensure all aspects of the PQR are reviewed systematically.
  • Regular Updates: Provide regular updates to stakeholders to keep them informed of the review progress.


By following these steps and leveraging virtual collaboration tools, a virtual QP can effectively and efficiently review a PQR, ensuring compliance with regulatory standards and maintaining the integrity of the qualification process.


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