Handling of Retest and Expired Materials


1. Purpose

To provide a standard operating procedure for management of Retest and Expired Materials in warehouse.

2. Scope

The scope of this SOP is applicable for management of Retest and Expired Materials in warehouse at XYZ Company.

3. Responsibility

Warehouse person: Identify and segregate the material which due for retest and expired on daily basis.

Warehouse supervisor: Checking of material which due for retest and expired.

Warehouse head: Overall responsibility to ensure compliance to the procedure

4. Definitions

Not applicable

5. Procedure

5.1 Handling of retest material

5.1.1 Material due for retest required to be transferred to the area designated for quarantine storage.

5.1.2 Warehouse person shall check the material under retest on a daily basis and generate a list of materials due for retest for that particular day using material management software.

5.1.3 Supervisor will verify the list and handover to the warehouse person who is responsible for material transfer.

5.1.4 Warehouse person shall transfer the identified materials, which are due for retest to the quarantine area and store the same at available space.

5.1.5 Material shall be stored in the area at suitable conditions applicable for the material.

5.1.6 Material location chart shall be updated with the new location in the material management software.

5.1.7 Material shall be labeled with Quarantine Label. Previously affixed label with Approval status shall be defaced with the marker.

5.1.8 Quality Control (QC) Laboratory will get the intimation through the material management software regarding material testing. QC will plan for the testing by considering the priority as per the production planning.

5.1.9 Once the material testing is completed, the material status will get automatically updated in the material management system based on the result generated in the laboratory information management system. The material shall be transferred to the approved material area or rejected material area based on the quality.

5.1.10 Rejected material shall be handled as per the procedure for handling of rejected materials.

5.1.11 In case of any material which needs to be used once after opening the container, it shall be tracked separately, and after dispensing, it shall be blocked with the help of QA and shall be destroyed as per the process of material destruction.

5.2 Handling of expired material

5.2.1 Warehouse person shall check the expiry status of material on a Monthly (End of the month for the next month) basis and generate a list of expired materials for that particular day using material management software.

5.2.2 Supervisor will verify the list and handover to the warehouse person who is responsible for material transfer.

5.2.3 Warehouse person shall transfer the identified expired materials and shall move to the rejected area.

5.2.4 List of materials available in the rejection room shall be updated.

5.2.5 Material shall be labeled/ stamped with ‘expired material’.

5.2.6 In case of information received from the material manufacturer for extension of material shelf life, it can be done with adequate evaluation.

5.2.7 In order to extend the shelf life, additional information regarding the stability study of material, the container closure system of material in which stability study performed, updated CoA from the manufacturer shall be acquired.

5.2.8 Once the information is received, it shall be reviewed by warehouse head and further approval from Quality Assurance Head shall be taken. Quality Assurance Head shall evaluate all the supporting data thoroughly for shelf life extension.

5.2.9 If Shelf life extension is not required then Expired materials shall be destroyed as per destruction procedure and same shall be approved by Quality Assurance Head.

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