The Inter coMPany quALity Analytics (IMPALA) Consortium was initially established in July 2019 as an informal group of biopharmaceutical organizations with the common goal to share knowledge and better understand opportunities in applying advanced analytics for QA.
VISION & MISSION
IMPALA’s mission is to transform the Biopharmaceutical Clinical Quality Assurance process in the Good Clinical Practice and Good Pharmacovigilance Practice areas, by using advanced analytics and promoting the adoption of this new approach and associated methodologies by key industry stakeholders (e.g. pharma quality professionals, Health Authorities) to assure safe use therefore building patient trust, accelerating approvals and ultimately benefiting patients globally.
The IMPALA Consortium will provide the strategic focus for working across the Biopharmaceutical ecosystem to develop and gain industry-wide consensus for the adoption of improved QA using advanced analytics and best practices to be used across the industry.
To achieve these objectives, key projects have been established and are ongoing in focused Work Products.
IMPALA was established in July 2019
WHY ADVANCED ANALYTICS IN CLINICAL QUALITY?
Traditional Quality Assurance relies heavily on manually conducted audits as a means of detecting quality issues and is based on an annual Quality risk strategy. This is extremely resource intensive and provides a point-in-time snapshot of Quality for the limited scope chosen. The time gap between finalizing an annual risk strategy and the conduct of some of the last audits in an annual audit plan means potentially detecting issues up to 18 months late. This late detection of Quality issues and the higher chances of there being hidden issues that may not be identified by an audit, led us to consider if there was a more proactive approach.
With advanced analytics and the use of descriptive/predictive analysis, it is possible to have a much more comprehensive oversight of Quality issues, enabling near-time early detection, follow-up, and resolution. It also enables the conduct of remote audits (which have been invaluable during the pandemic), targeting audits based on robust data analysis and deploying auditing resources wisely. This allows the paradigm shift in Quality Assurance from late detection of issues in an ever evolving drug development landscape to being a true enabler for faster approval, bringing safer drugs to patients.
IMPALA Consortium is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of senior-level representatives from across the Founding Member Organizations.
IMPALA Consortium’s Steering Committee oversees the strategy and focus of the work products. The Steering Committee consists of experts within Member Organizations who closely work with the Work Groups to ensure the alignments of objectives, deliverables, and needs of the biopharmaceutical ecosystem.