High-performance liquid chromatography, or HPLC, is a vital part of analytical chemistry and is used in a broad range of life science businesses. However, analytical laboratories using electronic systems to record, store, and manage data are now required to comply with FDA rules and regulations. 21 CFR Part 11 for HPLC means your organization needs a validated LMS to comply with the regulation.

21 CFR Part 11 for HPLC

How does 21 CFR Part 11 for HPLC affect your organization? In this guide, we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions from operators of analytical laboratories regarding 21 CFR Part 11 and the FDA’s rules.

Does 21 CFR Part 11 Apply to Your Laboratory?

In a nutshell, yes, it does. The only way these rules would not apply to your organization is if you did not use any type of electronic system to manage electronic records (software handling test results, for instance). Because almost every single life science organization today relies on digital technology, virtually every organization in the industry must comply with these rules and regulations.

What Does 21 CFR Part 11 for HPLC Focus On?

While 21 CFR itself covers an incredible range of federal regulations, Part 11 is much more specific. For 36 pages, the FDA spells out the requirements for organizations in terms of how electronic systems should operate to:

Does 21 CFR Part 11 Apply to Legacy Systems?

Yes and no. If your legacy system does not handle electronic records in any way, then, no, the rule does not apply. However, if your legacy system does handle electronic records, then the rule does apply. All such systems must be validated, and if they cannot be validated, they cannot be used and will need to be replaced.

What Does the Rule Say?

The rule itself comprises just three of the 36 pages in Part 11. The other 33 pages include discussion from the FDA on the rule itself, as well as other information that life science organizations and other businesses that fall under the purview of the FDA need to know. The rule itself is comprised of just a few parts, which are as follows:

What Types of Electronic Signature Control Components Can Be Used?

The FDA allows both non-biometric and biometric electronic signature control components. These can include usernames and passwords, such as those used to log into conventional software, such as email accounts and the like. It can also include two-factor authentication, or the use of physical components, like an ID card with a scannable barcode.

Biometric control elements can include a wide range of components, such as fingerprints, iris scans, and even DNA. There is no mandate on which types your organization uses, only that access to sensitive information and systems is controlled and that there are SOPs in place to ensure accountability and responsibility.

With that being said, biometric controls have greater flexibility, as the FDA states that “electronic signatures that are not based upon biometrics shall: (1) employ at least two distinct identification components, such as an identification code and password.”

Don’t Neglect Your Learning Management System

For life science companies, having a viable, modern LMS is essential. However, because these systems include, record, and manage data, they’re subject to 21 CFR Part 11 for HPLC/laboratories. What that means is they must be validated for use and comply with FDA guidelines or you risk being out of compliance.

At eLeaP, our LMS has been fully validated and is fit for use. It is one of the few such systems on the market that offers compliance with 21 CFR Part 11 “out of the box” while delivering powerful capabilities and flexibility. Start your free sandbox account today to learn more about our system or to schedule your custom consultation.