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MANDATORY PART 11 RISK ASSESSMENT COULD COST INDUSTRY BILLIONS

Nov. 6, 2006

The device, drug and biologics industries could face billions in additional costs if the FDA requires risk analysis to be part of electronic recordkeeping regulations, an industry consultant says.

The agency seems likely to publish a rule by the beginning of next year requiring companies to do risk analysis as part of meeting their Part 11 requirements, Martin Browning, president of EduQuest, said Nov. 2 at the FDAnews FDA Inspections Summit. But industry is in the dark about this. This development is "under the radar," and industry is likely to be caught unaware, failing to anticipate the additional costs, he said.

While the risk factors will be used to determine whether a company can receive regulatory relief from some of the burdens associated with validating its data, the costs will likely overwhelm any benefit, Browning said. The cost of assessing the risks associated with industry recordkeeping could be billions because companies lack a formal, documented risk analysis system, he added. The lack of such a system would result in far more information being necessary to assess risk than to electronically document the records themselves.