In regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices, the management of electronic records and electronic signatures is a critical component of ensuring data integrity, security, and regulatory compliance. To address these concerns, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established 21 CFR Part 11, while the European Union has its counterpart, Annex 11. These regulations define the requirements for electronic record management and electronic signatures in a way that guarantees their reliability and authenticity. This application note provides an overview of the purpose, advantages, and key features of using 21 CFR Part 11/Annex 11 compliant solutions for electronic record management. 

Application Purpose:

The primary purpose of implementing 21 CFR Part 11/Annex 11 compliant solutions in electronic record management is to ensure the integrity, authenticity, and security of electronic records, thereby meeting regulatory requirements in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. These regulations address the challenges of electronic data management by specifying the criteria for electronic signatures, audit trails, access controls, and data integrity. 

Why You Should Choose This Application:

Choosing 21 CFR Part 11/Annex 11 compliant solutions for electronic record management offers several compelling advantages:

Regulatory Compliance: The most apparent benefit is achieving compliance with FDA regulations in the United States (21 CFR Part 11) and the European Union (Annex 11). Compliance minimizes the risk of regulatory violations, which could result in fines and product delays.

Enhanced Data Security: These regulations mandate robust security measures, such as user authentication, encryption, and access controls. By choosing this application, you bolster the security of sensitive electronic records, safeguarding them from unauthorized access and tampering.

Data Integrity Assurance: 21 CFR Part 11/Annex 11 compliant solutions enforce rigorous data integrity standards. You can trust that your electronic records remain accurate, complete, and unaltered, which is vital for maintaining product quality and patient safety.

Electronic Signature Validity: Electronic signatures generated by compliant systems are legally binding and equivalent to traditional handwritten signatures. This streamlines the signing process and eliminates the need for paper records.

Audit Trail Transparency: Comprehensive audit trails capture all actions on electronic records, providing transparency and accountability. This aids in regulatory inspections and internal quality assurance.
Key features
  • Electronic Signature Management: generate, capture and Manage electronic signatures
  • User Authentication and Access Control
  • Audit Trail Functionality
  • Data Encryption
  • Validation and Qualification Tools
  • Data Backup and Recovery