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                              July - September 2012

Vivian Bringslimark

100% Training Complete ≠ 100% Effectively Trained

by Vivian Bringslimark
President HPIS Consulting, Inc.

"Can you run me a training report? I need to know where we stand with our training effectiveness program!" For a training manager, this is a double-edged sword. While it is very encouraging that upper management is taking an interest in the training program, focusing merely on the percentage of completion does not measure training effectiveness.

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David Ade

Remote Audit: Out of Sight but Not Out of Mind

by David Ade
Customer Success and Reference Manager, MasterControl, Inc.

Fortunately, it is now possible to conduct an audit without being physically present at the facility under audit. The development of web-based systems, video conferencing and desktop share technology can allow auditors to see information from virtually anywhere in the world.

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Cindy Fazzi

Implementing a New System: Training Reinforcement is Critical

by Cindy Fazzi
Marketing Communications Specialist, MasterControl, Inc.

It all sounds familiar: You attend a training course that you are excited about. You spend two or more days soaking up new information. You take notes diligently. Before you know it, the training is over. You go back to the office. And after a while, it happens: The new knowledge fades.

You're not alone. It is estimated that up to 80 percent of what we learn from training courses are lost within 30 days—unless the knowledge is reinforced. This is true for the CAPA-investigation class that you attended and the software training on the new quality system that your company is implementing.

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FDA Sets New Priorities for Foods and Veterinary Medicine

by News Desk, Food Safety News
For Food Professionals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday released the Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program's Final Strategic Plan for 2012 to 2016. The plan highlights seven strategic "program goals" to better orient the U.S. food supply toward science-based food safety and labeling standards. It also includes nearly 100 initiatives to help achieve those goals.

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U.S. Agencies Should Take Steps to Boost Developing Nations' Regulatory Capacity

Office of News and Public Information

WASHINGTON — Many low- and middle-income nations do not have technologically advanced regulatory systems, which limits their oversight of food and drug safety, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The discovery of a counterfeit version of the cancer drug Avastin earlier this year underscores the challenges for U.S. regulators as imports increasingly dominate the American market.

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Did you know that in the race for success, quality is more important than productivity? At least that's the opinion of Dan Slater, contributing writer to Manufacturing & Technology News. Slater comments: "The axiom that 'productivity equals profitability' is held to be self-evident. But in this era of profitless prosperity, i.e., robust sales with low profits, that notion is ripe for re-examination. The battle today is for market share. Focusing primarily on productivity won't win that war."
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