MS Excel is the FDA’s software of choice for processing results, analyzing and presenting scientific data in their chemical and microbiological laboratories. The FDA, like many organizations, uses Excel to record test results and other report data, and needs compliant, password protected spreadsheets. The San Juan District Laboratory wanted to retain the power and flexibility of Excel for their analysts, while transitioning to a paperless environment and remaining compliant with 21 CFR 11. In order to achieve these goals, the San Juan District Laboratory selected ExcelSafe by Ofni Systems.
The FDA publishes an internal Laboratory Investigation Bulletin (LIB) each month that is distributed to all FDA employees. It contains articles written by FDA employees that describe methods, procedures and products that a site has used that have demonstrated a high degree of success or an improvement over an existing method. The goal of these articles is to promote best practices to other sites within the agency. In the June 2012 issue, the San Juan District Laboratory released a Laboratory Information Bulletin 4524 “Evaluation of ExcelSafe to Implement Part 11 Rules in FDA Analyst WorkBook Files” detailing their experiences with ExcelSafe.
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The San Juan District Laboratory investigation showed that ExcelSafe improved the analytical spreadsheet’s application’s data integrity, security and template accountability by using electronic signatures, audit trails, and other compliance and tracking features. Using ExcelSafe improved laboratory efficiency by decreasing the time required for internal document review. They praised the ease of using ExcelSafe, noting that ExcelSafe had produced significant cost and time savings, and stated they would continue to use ExcelSafe.
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Ofni Systems is an industry leader for 21 CFR Part 11/Annex 11 compliance and automating the validation process. Started in 1999, their products for compliant databases and spreadsheets are used by the FDA, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies across the globe. They are the creators of ExcelSafe for Excel spreadsheet security and the Part 11 Toolkit for compliant databases. They also are the creators of the FastVal validation software for generating and executing validation documents, and have been providing professional validation services using FastVal since 2006. The company’s products for computer validation, auditing and FDA submissions ensure that their clients meet all requirements for electronic records and electronic signatures. Ofni Systems provides live desktop support for superior customer support and training. For more information, call (919) 844-2494 or visit www.OfniSystems.com.