Document Control Systems and PathWise Form Partnership to Offer Comprehensive CAPA Solution for Companies in FDA and ISO Environments

SALT LAKE CITY (April 14, 2005) -- For thousands of FDA-regulated and ISO-conforming companies, corrective and preventive action (CAPA) processes can be a major stumbling block. Specifically, how does one perform CAPA properly and quickly using the appropriate software that's both efficient and cost-effective?

Document Control Systems (DCS), the leading maker of integrated quality management software for companies in FDA and ISO environments, and PathWise, an innovator in the development of management solutions and training programs for companies in the life science industry, today announced that they have formed a partnership to address this key issue.

"PathWise has been seeking a partner to bring a more complete solution to our clients who are implementing CAPA software management systems,? said Ken Peterson, PathWise founder and CEO. ?In DCS, we found the partner we've been looking for developing the skills needed to deploy every aspect of CAPA. Many companies will greatly benefit from this first-of-its-kind alliance that will bring a holistic approach to CAPA problem solving.?

PathWise has developed proven analytical processes that help companies investigate root cause, perform corrective action, check effectiveness, and prevent future problems. The PathWise methods are particularly effective in managing complaints, nonconformances, out of specifications, and deviations.

?Our partnership with PathWise is a logical step for us. The firm's analytical specialty complements our software expertise. A company using the PathWise method of investigation and analysis will find the perfect tool to conduct the process in our MasterControl Quality Management Suite,? said Jon Beckstrand, CEO of DCS. ?This strategic cooperation offers a one-stop solution for companies facing CAPA issues.?

MasterControl Quality Suite v4.0, the latest version of Document Control Systems' popular software solution, features MasterControl CAPA, MasterControl Forms, MasterControl Documents, and MasterControl Training. These innovative modules are designed as an integrated system to manage CAPA, change control, training control and many forms-based quality processes like audits, customer complaints, etc.

MasterControl interconnects data, processes, and people. It allows CAPA managers to see, monitor, and control the entire process to ensure product quality and compliance. MasterControl CAPA, Forms, Documents, and Training are flexible and versatile -- they can be used as stand-alone modules or as part of the MasterControl Quality Suite, all under a single Internet-based portal.

The cooperative venture between DCS and PathWise offers prospective customers a more comprehensive option in CAPA problem solving. They can improve their investigative process and data input through PathWise's methods and their data control and management through the MasterControl Quality solution.

PathWise, founded in 1992, is a CAPA training and consulting provider to such companies as Baxter Laboratories, Varian Medical, Canadian Blood Services, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, Stryker, and Fuji Medical. PathWise has offices throughout North America and staff on faculty at the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, Barnett International, and PDA, and staff serving on boards and committees in various professional organizations. To learn more, connect to PathWise at

About Document Control Systems
Based in Salt Lake City , Utah , Document Control Systems has been at the forefront of providing innovative electronic quality management systems since 1993. Hundreds of companies worldwide use MasterControl to consistently meet FDA regulatory requirements, such as FDA 21 CFR Part 11, 21 CFR Parts 210 and 211, 21 CFR Parts 820 and 821, and industry quality standards like ISO and QS/TS.

The MasterControl Quality Suite's configurable, easy-to-use, off-the-shelf products are designed to significantly accelerate installation, implementation, and validation efforts. DCS offers unmatched technical assistance, complete GAMP®4 methodology validation consulting services and extensive training to ensure the quality implementation of its MasterControl Quality Suite. On the Net: Document Control Systems' site: . Or, call 800-825-9117.