Installation Qualification (IQ) is done during validation or qualification of any instrument or equipment. So let us discuss what is installation qualification? It is the documented evidence or the collection of all activities necessary to establish that an instrument is delivered as designed and specified, is properly installed in the selected environment, and that this environment is suitable for the environment.
- Preparing the laboratory facility according to the environmental specification provided by vendor.
- Record and control the environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity if critical.
- Comparing the equipment received with the purchase order, including accessories and spare parts.
- Check if any damage done to an equipment.
- Verify the instrument conforms with physical as well as construction requirements, as specified by the user.
- Check all the documentation for completeness which includes operating manuals, maintenance instructions standard operating procedures for testing, safety and validation certificates.
- Check Install hardware which includes instrument, fittings and tubing for fluid connections, columns in GC or HPLC, power cables, data flow and instrument control cables.
- During installation qualification switch on the instrument to check and ensure that all the modules are power up and perform an electronic self-test.
- List SOPs and equipment manuals.
- Record the firmware revision.
- Prepare an installation report.
- Enter the instrument data into an inventory data base.
- Prepare and review and sign formal IQ documentation.
All the three qualification and validation terms IQ, OQ and PQ are very important during calibration to maintain the quality of the products.