Anything created for human consumption is subjected to the highest possible standards, which makes Pharmaceutical and Food Quality Assurance specialists an essential part of pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare equipment manufacturing and research. To meet industry standards, products and the equipment that makes them must be tested and retested at every step of the process, as well as assuring that staff is using the same standard with each reputation in manufacturing or development.
This may include manually weighing and measuring, chemical analysis, temperature sampling and equipment testing, including the equipment used to test what is being tested. Every step of this process is usually logged as a matter of due diligence, to allow external and internal confident in the quality of what is being produced. A background in pharmaceutical science, the biological sciences or chemistry may be extremely helpful, or alternatively a background in engineering.
Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Quality Control in manufactures obeys specific principles developed in industries that rely heavily on mistake free production. The distinction between Quality Control and Quality Assurance is an intentional distinction. Neither is interchangeable but both are necessary, with Quality Assurance referring to the defect free process, while Quality Control is a secondary, but no less important, level of oversight looking at the end products.
Possible career paths in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Quality Control include:
- Document Reviewer
- Safety and Process Supervisor
- Quality Analyst
- Laboratory Chemist