Pharmaceutical and drug qualification is an essential part of the drug development process. Qualification includes the following steps: Design qualification (DQ)- Shows that the proposed design will adhere to all the requirements that are outlined in the User Requirements Specification (URS). Execution of the DQ is a mandatory requirement before construction of the
new design can be authorised. Installation qualification (IQ) – Demonstrates that the process or equipment meets all specifications, is installed correctly, and all required components and documentation needed for continued operation are installed and in place. Operational qualification (OQ) – Demonstrates that all facets of the process or equipment are operating correctly. Performance qualification (PQ) – Demonstrates that the process or equipment performs as intended in a consistent manner over time. Component qualification (CQ) – is a relatively new term developed in 2005. This term refers to the manufacturing of auxiliary components to ensure that they are manufactured to the correct design criteria. This could include packaging components such as folding cartons, shipping cases, labels or even phase change material. All of these components must have some type of random inspection to ensure that the third party manufacturer's process is consistently producing components that are used in the world of GMP at drug or biologic manufacturer.