Operational qualification (OQ)

Operational qualification (OQ) normally follows IQ but depending on the complexity of the equipment, it may be performed as a combined Installation/Operation Qualification (IOQ).
OQ should include but is not limited to the following:
– tests that have been developed from the knowledge of processes, systems, and equipment to ensure the system is operating as designed;
– tests to confirm upper and lower operating limits, and /or “worst-case” conditions.
– the completion of a successful OQ should allow the finalization of standard operating and cleaning procedures, operator training and preventative maintenance requirements.