Analytical Method Validation

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Analytical Method Validation
Level: Advanced
Lecture Hours: 8.00
Lab Hours: 8.00
Total Contact Hours: 16.00


Focus on the principles of analytical method validation, a regulatory requirement for the quality control of pharmaceuticals. Included will be the requirements for the validation of an analytical method, the statistical tests needed, protocol development, validation execution and analysis of validation results. Both lecture and laboratory components are contained in this course. In lecture, case studies are used to reinforce the fundamental requirements of preparing a validation protocol, analyzing data, and preparing a final report. The lab section allows the student a hands-on experience with planning and executing a validation protocol for a selected analytical method.

Topics Include

This 2 day, 16 hour course covers the following topics:

  • Safety considerations in the laboratory when performing analytical methods
  • Guidances ICH, FDA and USP
  • Requirements for method validation
  • Types of methods typically encountered
  • Statistical methods and analysis
  • Design of an analytical method validation protocol
  • Content of the protocol
  • Method attributes
  • Acceptance criteria
  • Writing validation reports

Learning Objectives

  • Familiarize students with the principles of analytical method validation: regulatory guidance, requirements for validation, statistical analysis, validation protocols, method attributes.
  • Hands-on experience with designing a validation protocol, executing the protocol, analyzing the data collected, and preparing a validation report.


This course is designed for analytical chemists, associate scientists, quality control and validation personnel. It is recommended, though not required, that students with limited experience in laboratory work or method development and validation take the following courses first:

  • Micropipetting Techniques for Precision and Accuracy
  • HPLC in Theory and Practice
  • Sample Preparation for HPLC Analysis
  • Elements of cGMP for Pharmaceuticals
  • Good Lab Practices: FDA and EPA Regulations
  • Fundamentals of Validation