During one of our recent webinars, we received a question on whether or not there is a regulatory expectation to validate data transfers.Without getting too technical, verifying the transfer of data isn't really software validation.
However, data transfers do concern electronic records and could justify some attention, especially if the data being transferred contains information you may need someday to prove GxP compliance. Moving this information would technically be a change control process, but for our purpose, we'll stick to the validation side of things, and skip the distraction of too many definitions.
Basically, we need proof that our data transfers are successful, without omissions or errors. We can do this by verifying the data set (perhaps validating the verification tool), or by validating the data transfer process (and that is software validation, but usually using existing tools). In our experience, there are a few ways to go about this.
Please leave your questions/comments below, or contact me directly. I am happy to offer any clarification or guidance I can!
Senior Regulatory Expert