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Why is Validation Required?
From the FDA Guidance Document “Process Validation Requirements for Drug Products and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Subject to Pre-Market Approval (CPG 7132c.08)":

Validation of manufacturing processes is a requirement of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations for finished pharmaceuticals (21 CFR 211.100 and 211.110), and is considered an enforceable element of current good manufacturing practice for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) under the broader statutory CGMP provisions of section 501(a)(2)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

A validated manufacturing process has a high level of scientific assurance that it will reliably produce acceptable product. The proof of validation is obtained through rational experimental design and the evaluation of data, preferably beginning from the process development phase and continuing through the commercial production phase.

Before commercial distribution begins, a manufacturer is expected to have accumulated enough data and knowledge about the commercial production process to support post-approval product distribution. Normally, this is achieved after satisfactory product and process development, scale-up studies, equipment and system qualification, and the successful completion of the initial conformance batches.