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Audit Checklist for Data Integrity

Auditing Department:

Date of Audit:


Name of Auditor(s)


Signature & Date















Assessment Question



1. Documentation & Record:


Is the logbook/ records paginated and issued by QA?

All the activity shall be recorded in the paginated logbooks and issued by QA



Is doer of the activity recording the observation / parameter with sign/date and time (as applicable)?

The documents shall be Attributable to the person generating the data



Are the data entries being performed with indelible ink (with color of ink as defined in SOP) and readable?

Document shall be Legible and permanent.



Is any scribe used for making data entries?

Should only take place where the act of recording places the product or activity at risk and mentioned in SOPs.



Are the required entries in the log books/batch documents/ Analytical sheets made on time and available?

Document shall be Contemporaneous



Is the information/ data available in original record or certified true copy?

Document shall be Original



Is any editing to errors performed in logbook/ document without documented amendment as per SOPs?

The document shall be Accurate



Are logbooks/ documents has reference of unique identification number as defined in SOPs?

All documents shall have a unique identification number (including the version number) and shall be checked, approved, signed and dated (as applicable)



Is there any blank formats (including SOP formats, Logbooks, note books, worksheets) found in area which is not issued by the quality unit?

All blank formats (including SOP formats, Logbooks, worksheets, laboratory notebooks) shall be controlled by the quality unit



Are logbooks/ documents has reference of format no. as defined in SOPs?

Documents should be stored in a manner which ensures appropriate version control



Is soft copy Master document being accessible at computers?

Master copy (in soft copy) should be prevented from unauthorized or inadvertent changes



Are there any obsolete format/ SOP/ document available or in computer?

Updated versions shall be distributed in a timely manner.



Is there any blank space left in filled page of log book/ BPCR/ DRS etc.

Entry of 'NA' placed in blank space (if required) followed by sign / date.



Is there enough space provided in logbooks/ BPCR/ DRS etc. in which the manual activities are recorded should be ensured.

Documents should be Contemporaneous



Is 24 hr (HH:MM) time format being used in documents?

Time format should be HH:MM (24-hour format)



Are clocks/ timer designated in area easily accessible to note the timings by doer?

Clocks/ timer should be synchronized and easily accessible. Documents should be Contemporaneous.



Are clocks/ timer designated in area easily accessible to be changed/ modified by any person?

Clocks/ timer should not be easily accessible to be changed/ modified by user.



Is the correct unit of measurement is used while recording: temperature/ weight etc.?

Significant unit of measurement shall be used as per requirement.



Are critical activities signed by doer being checked by another person (wherever applicable)?

Doer and checker provision shall be in place for critical activities. Data should be Accurate and Original



Are print outs (e.g. autoclave, balance etc.) duly signed by doer and checker and have cross reference to the original / mother document?

Records shall be checked, and cross reference shall be available. Data should be Accurate



Are print outs which are on thermal paper being photocopied prior to attachment?

Thermal paper printouts shall be photocopied and dully signed. Data should be Legible



Are the procedures of document review available and followed?

Data review procedures describing review of relevant metadata should be available (as applicable)



Is archival of paper records not performed by QA in secure and controlled archives?

Archival of paper records by designated personnel in secure and controlled archives



Is the observation being recorded as visible in the display on instrument/equipment screen/ PLC/HMI etc.?

Digits for data shall be visible from equipment/instrument display.



Are entries in logbooks sequential, reliable, complete and legible?

Entries should be sequential, reliable, complete and legible.



Is transcribed data verified against the raw data for correctness and accuracy?

Document should be original. If transcribed cross reference of mother document shall be mentioned.



Is there any unauthorized changes observed in the document?

Unauthorized changes should not be done in the documents



Is whitener/ opaque substance/ eraser / white tape or whiteouts etc. used in document for correction?

Data should be Legible

(No usage of opaque substance)



Are corrections not initially signed with date and properly justified?

Corrections shall be justified with sign and date.



Is there any partial correction of numerical value?

No partial correction of numerical value. Data should be Legible



Does a signature log for employees available?

The log should be available and maintained


2. Electronic Data:


Are individual Login ID and unique password assigned to individual?

Individual login ID should be assigned for individual person.



Is user creation, authorization list

available for the system defining access levels?

List shall be available for individual

equipment and access levels should be defined.



Does Audit trail contain following details,

Name of the person who performed the activity

Description of the activity

Time and date of the activity

Justification in case of any changes made

Audit trial should contain the attributes



Does electronic data saved at the time of the activity and before proceeding to the next step of the sequence of events?

Data shall be saved at the time of activity. Data should be Contemporaneous and Original



Is the audit trail secure and time- stamped that independently record operator actions?

Audit trail should be secured and time-stamped.



Is privileges given to any person to overwrite the original data?

Data should be Legible and access to overwrite the data should be prohibited



Are electronic records archived by any person in random manner?

Archival of electronic records by designated person in secure, controlled and reproducible electronic archives



Is there any provision available to change time/date of system by doer/ checker?

System should not allow to change the time and date.



Is time/date of system synchronized across the GXP operations?

Time/date of system should be synchronized



Does audit trail reviewed in routine data review/ approval process?

Audit trial review procedure should be available.



Does relevant meta data review along with original electronic data?

Relevant meta data shall be reviewed with original data.



Is data review signified by electronically signing the electronic data & metadata?

As per approved procedure and system limitations as validated.



Is computer system validated and controls/ setting tested, locked and protected from unauthorized access?

Validation should be available.



Does the system validation documentation include established controls to ensure data integrity (data security- access roles/permissions, sequence of operations, enabling of relevant audit trail)?

Validation should be available.



Are the standards for the system’s password strength and complexity defined and documented within system documentation (requirements, and testing)?

Computer system validation document should be available with password complexity.



Is there a defined password expiration that is enforced by the system?

Password expiration should be enforced.



Is data retained in a non-editable format or PDF format etc.?

Approved procedure should be available for back-up and storage



Are back-up copies of original electronic records stored in another location as a safeguard in case of disaster?

Approved procedure should be available for back-up and storage



Are periodic tests performed to verify the ability to retrieve archived electronic data from storage locations?

Approved procedure should be available for back-up and storage review



Is archival copy compared with the original electronic data to confirm entire content and meaning of the original record?

Approved procedure for archival of data should be available.



Are time/date and done by/ checked by printed on records electronically?

Records should be available in form of time and date stamped records and signed.



Is authorization to verify data separate from doer?

Authorization to generate data shall be separate to authorization to verify data



Is restoring of Back up data/Archiving Data validated and regularly tested?

Computer system validation shall demonstrate.



Does a list of computerized system available?

The name, location and primary function of each computerized system should be available.



A list of currently approved users, specifying the users name and surname, and any specific usernames should be available.

List shall be available for individual equipment.



System administrators should be independent from users performing the task

preferably IT personnel



Can general user switch off the audit trail?

System should not allow to change the settings


3. Personnel Training:


Is Training record for data integrity and cGMP available?

All personnel should be trained on data integrity concept and cGMP



Is Training record available for related SOPs as per job assigned?

All personnel should be trained on related SOPs as per job assigned


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