Validation is the process of ensuring that a product or a process conforms to defined user needs, requirements, and/or specifications under defined operating conditions.

Validation has numerous slightly different meanings depending on the companies and the context. It normally implies that a quality assurance plan has been put in place so that a product or process cannot be wrong after it has been validated.

It is closely related to quality testing, but is different in the sense that testing rather implies verification of each unit produced or a statistically relevant sub-set of samples whereas validation proves that all the production will be within specification.

see also Process Validation, Product Validation

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