Explanation about IQ, OQ, PQ for non-English speaker

Mandy

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Hi
I would appreciate if you could guide me to a document, training session, You tube video, etc. that explains what IQ, OQ, and PQ is for one of our workers who speaks very basic English.

There are many tutorials out there, but they all use a high level of English that is hard for this (excellent) worker to understand.

Thanks very much
 
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yodon

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IQ, OQ, and PQ are just "tools" (albeit quite good, IMO) that support the qualification efforts. The point is that you should use the appropriate tools for each job.

That said, those three tools boil down to:

IQ: answers the question "is installed correctly?" There are a variety of factors to consider, depending on the system: utilities (electrical, air, vacuum, etc.); wiring; location (e.g., vents aren't covered); software (is the OS suitable for the application, are the support tools like database engines installed and properly configured, etc.). It's also typical to confirm you have appropriate documentation (installation manual, service / maintenance manual, wiring diagrams, etc.) during IQ.

OQ: answers the question "will it work for MY needs?" You have to define your expectations of what the system will do (e.g., parameter / setting ranges, functional requirements, safety requirements, etc.) and demonstrate that the system meets these requirements.

PQ: answers the question "will it work repeatedly?" Generally, this is a demonstration using production settings doing multiple production runs. The numbers need to be statistically based and generally this works out to 3 shifts.

Hope that helps. The above is just a very basic description. There are many, many details that factor into qualification / validation and many books have been written.
 
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