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Why valuate batch characteristics

Hello all,

I am currently doing some research around Batch Derivation, and keep coming up against the same question. I have worked for sites that require all results from an inspection lot to be sent to the Batch Characteristics, and I have have seen where only a select few MIC's used for costing need to be linked.

Can someone please explain why a client would need every single MIC to be linked to a Batch Characteristic? (Note: assume no potency / active ingredient requirement)

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    Nov 01, 2017 at 03:07 PM

    You don't need every single one linked. It simply depends on the company design and needs. In some places it's "just done" because the majority of the characteristic values need to be there anyway.

    In other places, they want batch values so other people can see the data. If you don't have the values in the batch, most other users of the system are not going to be able to navigate in QM to look up values. But usually everyone can display the batch using MSC3n.

    Other places need them because they use the batch values to report values into the COA if they use the SAP COA functionality.

    In other places it's because the batch is moved from plant to plant to plant. Batches are usually set up to be at the material or client level in which case the batch values are available in all plants for reporting, viewing or publishing on COA's.

    Linking a MIC to a general characteristic really does very little harm. It can be very difficult to link a MIC that has been used to a general characteristic at a later date. So if there is any chance you might someday want to see the value in the batch, you might as well make the link right in the beginning. There is no requirement to put the general characteristic in the batch record just because you use the MIC in the inspection plan.

    Not sure if that answers your question or not.

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    • Actually, it depends on the business. If you can maintain classes right, and then do the one-off specs in the material master, the maintenance is pretty easy. You assign the material to the class, make any one off changes in the material master, maintain QS61, (which is really just an execute and save, at one client we even had a batch job doing this at night for us). Assign the material to the plan. (which you have to do regardless.

      But I've used this design in pharma and chemical companies. Several of those companies were Fortune 100 companies and had a huge number off products and SKU's. Most were international firms.