Valid Statistical Techniques Made Easy

Course description

This is a new, hands-on, online webinar series. In four sessions, each 4 hours long, we will cover the material typically covered in a 2.5-day in-person workshop. The instructor and participants will be applying very user-friendly software to learn valid statistical tools. This will foster immediate application!

Why do people fear statistics? Could it be:

  • The subject is too complex and difficult to understand?
  • They get overwhelmed by the terminology in regulations, standards, and guidance documents?
  • Statistical software tools are a maze of terms and menu paths?

The statistical material is covered in a practical manner. It is not over-burdened with statistical complexity. Industry-specific examples are provided throughout the workshop. Participants will apply user-friendly statistical software and data files to work problems with small groups. Our goal is to foster correct, immediate, and sustained application. The material provides product and process experts in US FDA-regulated firms a solid understanding of how to use valid statistical techniques for their needs. It focuses on specific methods and tools that assist with the challenges of Process Analytical Technology (PAT), Design Control, Process Validation, Corrective & Preventive Action (CAPA), complaint monitoring, and other mandated activities. The content is based on the requirements of the US FDA’s Quality System Regulation and the recommendations of the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF).

Course outline

  • Fundamental Concepts for Quality Systems
  • Performing Process Capability Studies
  • Conducting Test Method Validation (aka, MSA and Gage R&R)
  • Sampling and Drawing Conclusions
  • Creating Acceptance Sampling Plans
  • Applying Control Charts

Case studies

  • I keep hearing that we only need three production runs for Performance Qualification (PQ). Our lead Quality Engineer keeps telling me that this is wrong. Who is right?
  • A competitor just received a Warning Letter from the FDA for misapplying standards for sampling procedures for inspection by attribute. We are in an acronym jungle: AQL, AOQL, LTPD, LQ, CRQ, Ac, Re, α, β, … What is important for us to do?
  • For a new device we will only manufacture one device every month. How can we satisfy the FDA’s requirements for Performance Qualification (PQ)?
  • The customer of our components is finding more defective items than our inspection system finds. Is there a simple way to find agreement between our inspection system and theirs?
  • We perform safety-critical attribute inspections of our device but are only 90% effective. How can we improve our effectiveness?
  • The FDA Quality System Regulation says that we should apply appropriate statistical techniques to detect recurring quality problems. Is there an easy way to meet this requirement? What if our quality problems are rather rare?
  • How do I qualify my inspection, measuring and test equipment to satisfy FDA requirements? Do I have to do this for automated test systems?

Who should attend

The content should have great value to industry professionals involved with: research and development, new product development, process development, manufacturing engineering, operations, quality engineering, quality assurance, supplier quality, and regulatory compliance.


Participants do not need a background in statistics. A basic familiarity with Microsoft Excel would be helpful, but not required. Participants are will receive Microsoft Excel-based software and Excel data files. The software requires a Windows operating system and Excel software. The software and data files must be loaded prior to the workshop.

Equipment and software needed

A statistical software package will be provided. It is a Microsoft Excel application (SPC XL)
This software is only compatible with Windows operating systems.
System requirements:


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Date & Time
IndustryMedical Device, Pharmaceuticals
LevelAdvanced, Intermediate

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Leading specialist with long experience of training are guiding you through regulations, guidelines, interpretations, requirements and applications.

Peter L. Knepell



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