SOP on Technology Transfer for Analytical Method

SOP on Technology Transfer for Analytical Method


To lay down the procedure for the Transfer of Technology for Analytical Methods.


This procedure is applicable for the Transfer of technology for Analytical Methods from ARD to a Pharmaceutical Plant.


The responsibility of Sending Unit (ARD ) are :

Preparation of Technology transfer Protocol for Analytical Method transfer.

Execution of training for carrying out the Analytical Method transfer successfully.

For providing reference standard/Working standards required for Analysis of the product.

To define the acceptance criteria and the limits for different parameters.

To review results and prepare the final Method transfer Report.

Responsibilities of Receiving unit (Quality Control Lab. ) are :

To ensure availability of Instruments and reagents required for Technology transfer.

Execution of Protocol for Analytical Method transfer.

To ensure availability of calculation worksheets and other related documents required for analysis of Batches.

Management of Deviations and change controls.

To ensure receipt of reference standard / working standards, product specifications, method of Analysis, approved Technology transfer protocol.

Ensure the availability of test samples for Analysis.

Sending unit and the receiving unit shall be jointly responsible for preparing the final report.


Head of Quality assurance & ARD is accountable for compliance of Analytical Method transfer and approval of Analytical method transfer report.


Reasons for Analytical Technology transfer can be following :

New product developed at ARD to be commercialized and analyzed in the QC Lab.

New analytical method developed for cost effective /economic or any other reasons.

In case of plant analyst participate in analytical methods validation activity performed at ARD, then there is no need for method transfer

When this new product received for analysis at plant, the analyst who had participated in analytical method validation activity shall demonstrate analytical method to other QC analysts of plant by performing first analysis

The following methods shall require Laboratory to Laboratory transfer for Analytical method

Assay and related substance method for active pharmaceutical ingredients (in case of non-pharmacopoeia methods)

Assay and related substance method for Finished products

Dissolution Method.

Process of transferring the technology used in Analysis for the Product manufactured from one location to another location to give consistent quality is termed as Technology transfer.

Sending Unit:  ARD of  that is actually transferring the technology from its site to Pharmaceutical Plant.

Receiving Unit: Quality Control Laboratory of manufacturing site that is receiving the Analytical method is Pharmaceutical Plant.

Proposal for the initiation of Analytical Method transfer shall be carried out by Head of ARD department or his designee, as per annexure no – I.

ARD shall coordinate for the collection of all relevant documents as mentioned in Annexure No. – II during Analytical Method transfer between Sending and Receiving unit.

ARD shall coordinate for the receipt of comments from all relevant department involved in Analytical Method transfer as mentioned in Annexure no. I.

Upon receipt of comments from all relevant departments, QA department shall review and evaluate the comments of each department. He shall approve or reject the proposal of technology transfer on the basis of his evaluation.

ARD shall hand over the documents to Quality Assurance department of Pharmaceutical Plant.

On receipt of all relevant documents as per Annexure number – II, QA of the receiving unit shall review the documents and execute the technology transfer.

ARD shall prepare the Analytical method transfer Protocol.

Analytical Performance parameters: The following Analytical Parameters to be carried out during Lab to Lab Analytical Method transfer.

For Assay and Dissolution:

Repeatability: System Precision , method precision and Intermediate Precision

 For related Substances:

Repeatability: System Precision, method precision and Intermediate Precision.

LOD and LOQ verification

QA of receiver site shall inform to Sending Unit for any other requirement during receipt of the Technology at receiver site.

QA shall give Final Clearance for the Analytical method transfer only after ensuring the GLP compliance and other requirements.

ARD in co-ordination with receiving site shall send the Analyst from Sending unit to the receiving unit for Execution of Analytical Method Transfer.

The analyst from ARD shall perform the analysis as per the approved protocol and report the results to the Head QC at receiving unit.

After completion of Analysis by the ARD analyst, analyst from QC of Receiving site shall repeat the analysis and report the results as per the format mentioned in the protocol.

QA of receiver’s site shall ensure that the Analysis of the drug product at QC shall be carried out as per approved procedures.

After the completion of Analysis of drug product at receiver’s site, QA of receiver site shall review all the raw data generated in the analysis of product during the Analytical method transfer.

Report for Analytical method transfer shall be generated by the ARD Analyst.

A Summary reports for the Analytical method transfer of drug product shall be prepared by Technology Group and shall be reviewed by QA and QC of receiver site and approved by Head QA .

Success Criteria for Analytical Method transfer: Analytical method Transfer shall be considered successful if results obtained by the analysis performed during method transfer, lies within the predetermined acceptance criteria as per the Approved protocol.

    • List of Annexures / Formats:
Format Title
Proposal for initiation of Analytical Method Transfer
Checklist for technology transfer.

References (if any).


Reason for Revision:



SOP : Standard Operating Procedure

QC : Quality Control

SP : Specific

ARD : Analytical Research and Development

RA : Regulatory Affairs

GLP :Good Laboratory Practice                                               

Annexure – I


Product Details
Type of Technology Transfer: Analytical method
Generic Name: Dosage Form:
Dedicated Facility required: Markets to be supplied:
Any specific or special Storage conditions for samples to be analyzed:
The specific requirement of Quality control Lab.
Analytical Methods to be transferred
Instruments and Equipment required :

 Forwarded by………………………….on………………………….. 

Regulatory Affairs Confirmation: Comments:/Sign/Date :

An R&D Confirmation: Product-related Specific instructions if any:

Quality Assurance Confirmation: Quality Control Confirmation: Working Standard I Instruments I Columns
Availability Analytical Method Validation & action plan

Receiving Unit QA Head Evaluation :

        Annexure – II


Date:__________________Receiving Unit:___________________Sending Unit: _________________                       



  • List of Analytical requirements / Instruments used in quality control laboratory.
  • Specifications and standard test procedures of Active Pharmaceutical ingredient
  • Specifications and standard test Procedures for Excipient.
  • Specifications and standard test Procedures for Packaging Materials.
  • Specifications and standard test Procedures for In-process and finished drug Products
  • Analytical method validation of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient, In-process, and Finished drug product
  • Stability study specifications and standard test procedure.
  • Package insert.
  • A drug product sample for comparison studies along with the certificate of analysis.
  • Analytical method validation for cleaning samples.



  • GLP compliance status of Quality Control Laboratory.
  • Availability of Test procedures and specifications.
  • Samples for Analysis.
  • Availability of Instruments, and reagents chemicals used in the analysis of the product during analytical method validation.
  • Training of the QC personnel (if required).
  • List of Analytical methods to be transferred to QC Lab.
  • Any other information?


This is hereby concluded that the Analytical Method Transfer has been successfully completed at the plant for the product………………………………………. and receiving Unit Quality Control Laboratory accepts the Analytical method for future Analysis as per the Analytical method and the specifications provided.

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