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Health informatics - Improving patient care by BCS The Chartered Institute for IT

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3 VALUABLE LESSONS IN VALIDATION

The UK Blood Services are uniqueThe UK Blood Services are unique NHS organisations regulated in a similar way to the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Together with hospital blood banks they must comply with EU and UK legislation and are inspected by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). One legislative requirement is that equipment and IT systems are properly validated. With this in mind Janet Sampson, Validation Manager, Welsh Blood Service, explains how computer systems validation in blood establishments can provide valuable lessons for the wider IT community.

WHAT IS VALIDATION?

Validation is much more extensive than testing. It is the part of an organisation’s quality management ...

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