To be competitive globally, manufacturers must be able to produce high quality products quickly and at the lowest possible cost. And in industries that are required to adhere to regulatory standards such as those imposed by agencies such as the FDA or ISO, quality management reaches an entirely new level of intricacy. The electronic quality management software systems offered by MasterControl allow companies to eliminate paper-based quality processes and drastically increase manufacturing efficiency while improving their ability to maintain compliance with regulatory standards.
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A quality management software system that is automated and connects all departments is essential for a regulated or ISO-compliant company. A QMS or a TQM (total quality management) system can connect each phase in a product's development lifecycle with every department in a company. This gives everyone an opportunity to provide feedback. Automated routing, with escalation, ensures the rapid responses to inputs needed from other departments. By building quality into products as opposed to forcing QA to bear the burden of the responsibility, everyone (engineering, regulatory, QA, manufacturing, sales and marketing) wins.
With more than a decade of experience automating quality management processes in ISO manufacturing and rigorous regulated environments like the FDA, MasterControl has developed an integrated quality management software system that combines industry best practices with the flexibility to meet every customer's unique needs.
The MasterControl's quality management software system consists of configurable, easy-to-use, and connected applications for automating, streamlining, and effectively managing document control, change control, training control, audits, corrective/preventive action (CAPA), customer complaints, and other documents- and forms-based quality and business processes under a single Web-based platform. Hundreds of companies worldwide rely on MasterControl to facilitate compliance with FDA regulations (e.g., 21 CFR Parts 11, 210-211, 820, 606), and ISO quality standards (e.g., ISO 9000, ISO 13485, ISO 14000, ISO/TS16949).
The MasterControl quality management software system consists of the following integrated applications:Document Control
MasterControl Documents™ helps increase the quality unit's efficiency and effectiveness by automating task assignment/routing, scheduling, follow-up, tracking, escalation, review, and approval of all documents-based processes. It provides a single repository for all documentation, making search and retrieval easy. MasterControl Documents, the core application in the MasterControl quality management suite, integrates all quality processes such as change control, customer complaints, corrective/preventive action, audits, etc., for a closed-loop solution.Corrective and Preventive Action System
The MasterControl CAPA™ system interconnects different quality subsystems and tracks incidents that can escalate into a corrective action. It includes a best-practice "8D" process to guide the quality team through every step of CAPA implementation, from identification of the problem through corrective action. A CAPA form can be launched directly from another form (e.g., nonconformance or deviation report), automatically entering relevant data into the CAPA form, reducing data entry and eliminating errors from manual transfer of information. Through the Internet, customers, vendors, and others outside the company can submit customer complaint or other forms that could lead to CAPA.Change Control
MasterControl Change Control™ streamlines the entire change control procedure for faster turnaround. It offers a best-practice form that incorporates priority level and prompts risk assessment and classification of the change as low, medium, or high. Any high-level change implies great impact on the product and is likely to require regulatory filing. Customizable reports provide real-time status not only of change control tasks but of the entire quality system.Training Management
MasterControl Training™ automates assignment and monitoring of training tasks and grading of online exams. It allows sequencing of training courses, so after a prerequisite course is completed, the next one is automatically launched. Provides group sign-off feature for verifying training of large groups of employees. Training management can be integrated with the rest of the quality system, so any change to a document or process that warrants new training will automatically invoke training tasks upon approval of the change.Nonconformance Automation Software
MasterControl Nonconformance™ is a robust quality management software system designed to automate, manage, and streamline the process for identifying, evaluating, reviewing, and handling of nonconforming materials, components, parts, and finished products. The solution's best-practice form and five-step process connect all responsible personnel for effective and timely disposition of a nonconformance. This solution offers the choice of maintaining a stand-alone nonconformance process for small-scale, localized incidents, or you may connect it to the CAPA process for automatic escalation when the situation warrants. Training will automatically invoke training tasks upon approval of the change.Quality Audit Management
MasterControl Audit™ automates, streamlines, and effectively manages the audit process. It provides advanced tracking capability, from scheduling and planning to execution and completion. MasterControl offers best-practice forms for tracking basic audit information and audit findings. It automates scheduling of all recurring audit-related activities and provides advanced analytics and reporting capability, so managers get a real-time view of the audit process.Customer Complaints Software
MasterControl Customer Complaints™ streamlines the complaint-handling process and reduces the lifecycle from submission to resolution. A simple, three-step process is incorporated in a pre-configured, multi-page form that starts with the processing of a customer complaint, automatically moving to internal investigation, and culminating with a resolution of the issue. MasterControl's advanced reporting capabilities increase management oversight and demonstrate appropriate controls to regulatory agencies. MasterControl is Web-based, so customers can submit complaints from virtually anywhere.Forms-Based Processes Automation
The MasterControl Process™ quality management software system automates routing, notification, escalation, and approval of any forms-based process for faster turnaround. This solution offers best-practice features that prompt users with selected data to reduce data entry and avoid mistakes common in manual data entry. Forms created in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint can be converted to PDF as is, so users will see the same form and won't need new training. A company may also improve existing forms or design new ones to suit its needs.Electronic Submissions
MasterControl Submissions Gateway™ facilitates electronic delivery of FDA applications (such as IND, NDA, and BLA) by providing control in assembling and tracking necessary documentation. It provides appropriate templates to streamline the dossier-creation process. MasterControl can be integrated with leading e-submission applications, connecting approved documents and forms-based content with the dossier assembly process, to accelerate submissions.
Please feel free to contact a MasterControl representative about questions you may have about quality management software systems.