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Pharmacovigilance is the science of monitoring the effects of medicinal products to identify and evaluate potential adverse reactions and provide necessary and timely risk mitigation measures. Intelligent automation technologies have a strong potential to automate routine work and to balance resource use across safety risk management and other pharmacovigilance activities. While emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) show great promise for improving pharmacovigilance with their capability to learn based on data inputs, existing validation guidelines should be augmented to verify intelligent automation systems. While the underlying validation requirements largely remain the same, additional activities tailored to intelligent automation are needed to document evidence that the system is fit for purpose. We propose three categories of intelligent automation systems, ranging from rule-based systems to dynamic AI-based systems, and each category needs a unique validation approach. We expand on the existing good automated manufacturing practices, which outline a risk-based approach to artificially intelligent static systems. Our framework provides pharmacovigilance professionals with the knowledge to lead technology implementations within their organizations with considerations given to the building, implementation, validation, and maintenance of assistive technology systems. Successful pharmacovigilance professionals will play an increasingly active role in bridging the gap between business operations and technical advancements to ensure inspection readiness and compliance with global regulatory authorities.

Huysentruyt Kristof, Kjoersvik Oeystein, Dobracki Pawel, Savage Elizabeth, Mishalov Ellen, Cherry Mark, Leonard Eileen, Taylor Robert, Patel Bhavin, Abatemarco Danielle