• Coping with Scoping a CSV/Part 11 Audit

    21 September, 2017 by Laurie Meehan, Social Media Manager; Polaris Compliance Consultants

    You use computers on a daily basis, and you may even use the system that needs to be audited. But you don’t spend your day thinking about where all the system components are located, how services and software are combined, and what Part 11 requirements apply.

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  • Supply Chain Risk Management: An Ever-Changing Mosaic

    19 September, 2017 Geary W. Sikich; Logical Management Systems Corp.

    We have recognized the need to better manage supply chain risks for the nearly two decades now. Yet, we still seem to be deluded into thinking that the modern supply chain is resilient to the point of invulnerability.

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  • Medical Device Firms: 3 Tips for Jumping Over the Dossier-Management Hurdle

    14 September, 2017 by Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer

    For medical device companies, the ultimate goal is to commercialize their products, usually in more than one market. The road to a successful product launch in multiple markets is full of obstacles and one of the biggest hurdles is dossier management.

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  • Understanding the Use of “Where Appropriate/As Appropriate” Within the ISO 13485:2016 Standard

    12 September, 2017 by Christine Park, Christine Park & Associates

    Historically, the term “where appropriate” and/or “as appropriate” have been implied within the ISO 13485 standards as well as the FDA 21 CFR 820 Quality System Regulations. The FDA has always explained that “as appropriate” means it is appropriate unless you can justify why it isn’t appropriate.

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  • “When It Comes to Software as A Medical Device (SAMD), FDA Acknowledges that New Technology No Longer Fits the Old Regulatory Paradigm”

    7 September, 2017 Jeffrey K. Shapiro; Hyman, Phelps, McNamara, P.C.

    When you think about it, FDA's general regulatory paradigm for regulating medical devices has enjoyed a tremendous run. The overarching statutory and regulatory foundation was started in 1976 and largely in place in its current form by 1997. (Think 510(k)/MDR/Part 806 and QSR procedures for the postmarket phase.)

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  • Add Cybersecurity Education to Every Employee’s Job Description

    5 September, 2017 David Jensen

    The recent surge of security breaches and ransomware attacks is reinforcing the need to make cybersecurity an all-hands endeavor. Despite all the cybersecurity tools that companies are implementing, security breaches are still rampant because one of the top cybersecurity weaknesses in all industries is the lack of training employees on cybersecurity.

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  • Thoughts from 2017 PDA Quality Metrics and Quality Culture Conference

    24 August, 2017 MasterControl

    I had the pleasure spending two days networking and discussing quality metrics and quality culture with industry and FDA leadership at PDA's 2017 Quality Metrics and Quality Culture Conference last February. This year's conference included some of the most candid and honest dialog on these topics that I've seen between industry and FDA to data. I thought I would share some of the messages and my takeaways from the two-day event.

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  • Avoiding CAPA Pitfalls: 10 Tips from a Food Industry Quality Expert

    22 August, 2017 MasterControl

    At a recent ASQ Salt Lake Section symposium held at the headquarters of quality management software solutions provider

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  • Nuts and Bolts of 510(K) Submissions

    17 August, 2017 MasterControl

    A 510(k) is pre-market notification of medical devices to the US FDA. The number “510” refers to section of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. “k” is the subsection specific to pre-market notification. Details regulating the process, however, are found in 21 CFR §807.

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  • What Is a Quality Control System and How Can an EQMS Improve On It?

    15 August, 2017 David Butcher

    For organizations doing business in regulatory environments, successful quality assurance and quality control are crucial aspects of quality management in FDA- and ISO-regulated environments. Often, “quality control” and “quality assurance” are used interchangeably, referring to the activities conducted to ensure the quality of a product, service or process. While some quality control and quality assurance activities are interrelated, however, the two

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  • Regulatory Strategies for AI and Emerging Technologies

    14 August, 2017 MasterControl

    Lisa L. Michels, General Counsel and Regulatory Affairs Expert, Regulatory Compliance Associates Inc.

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  • 6 Opportunities and Challenges Combo Product Makers Should Be Aware of in 2017

    8 August, 2017 Beth Pedersen

    Thanks to constant leaps in scientific and technological innovation in recent years, we’re witnessing a steady (and very promising) trend toward combination products – those that merge two or more different types of regulated drugs, medical devices or biologics into one multi-faceted treatment. As more device and pharma companies join forces to develop combo products, the traditional industry and regulatory boundary lines between the two sectors become blurred, presenting medical product makers

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  • Is The 510(k) Process As Worthless As The Federal Courts Seem to Believe?

    3 August, 2017 MasterControl

    Does the Food and Drug Administration’s review of medical devices in the 510(k) program involve a substantial review of safety and effectiveness? FDA says 

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  • UDI as Med Device Product Tracking Software (Why That’s a Good Thing)

    1 August, 2017 MasterControl

    When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated the use of unique device identification or identifier (UDI), some people voiced concerns over the high cost of the requirement, as well as the technology challenges it posed. What is UDI and why is it important?

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  • Good Communication Skills are Key for Inspection Readiness

    28 July, 2017 MasterControl

    When an FDA inspector comes to your door, it is usually a time of stress and uncertainty.  You need to handle logistical elements like where the inspectors are going to be placed, how you 

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  • Not Just Tiny Humans: Considerations for Conducting Pediatric Clinical Trials

    25 July, 2017 MasterControl

    When it comes to the conduct of pediatric clinical trials, there are number of things you need to consider in order to ensure the successful conduct of a study. From study design to logistics to recruitment, there are real differences between studies conducted in pediatric populations and studies conducted in adult populations.

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  • 5 Trends Driving Disruption in the Med Device Industry in 2017

    20 July, 2017 MasterControl

    The medical device industry is complex, ever-changing and highly regulated, that much we know. We also know that, despite the complexity, the outlook is rosy for device manufacturers that can recognize—and navigate—the major trends of the day. The purpose of this post is twofold: to identify the trends that are likely to have significant impact on the industry this year, and to provide some high-level tips for exploiting them.

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  • How Training Personnel on Your Quality System Can Produce Positive ROI. Don’t Stop at the Quality Manager.

    18 July, 2017 MasterControl

    Is the quality manager the only individual within an organization that requires training on quality and improvement methods? Absolutely not! In order for an organization to get the most value out of their quality program, and to ensure it is effective, is to train as many people as possible or even all employees, depending on the size of the company, on the concepts and strategies that its quality management system is based on.

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  • FDA Favors Collaborative Approach to Medical Device Cybersecurity

    13 July, 2017 David Jensen

    Cybersecurity is like a maze that companies in all industries need to navigate to avoid costly security breaches. The challenge is knowing where and how to get started. An FDA official shared some valuable insight on the subject at MedTech Intelligence’s conference on Medical Device Cybersecurity.

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  • Developing a Quality System on a Managed Budget

    11 July, 2017 MasterControl

    Developing a quality system is the foundation for ensuring the organization’s products or services are safe, effective and controlled to deliver customer satisfaction.  Throughout the organization’s lifecycle, from start-up through maturity, the quality needs of the firm, along with its budget constraints, are continually evolving.  Maintaining compliance with regulations while controlling costs represents a challenging balancing act we encounter in our life science consultancy. 

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