Ageing facilities is a trendy catchphrase that has taken hold in the biopharmaceutical industry the past few years. While most of us understand intuitively what the words mean, it might be more difficult to identify if age has indeed caught up to your facility and if so, what, if anything, can be done about it
Let’s face it, age is a universal fact that happens to everyone and everything. You may be one of the privileged few that started in the industry 25+ years ago and have been lucky enough to design, build, commission, qualify and operate new state-of-the-art facilities. It might be painful for you to realise that all of a sudden your baby may now officially be considered an aging facility. While we all recognise that ageing is natural, we may not always accept that our beloved baby has aged. Just like people, as facilities age they likely need a bit more maintenance than they did when they were young.
Just because your facility is old doesn’t necessarily mean it’s ageing and furthermore, to date, no regulatory inspection report has cited ageing facility as an issue. So, how can you tell if you have an ageing facility? This question is often answered by indirect indicators. Ask yourself some of these questions and if the answers are overwhelmingly yes, then you may have issues which need to be addressed.