Showing items tagged as Medical Device

  • 2021-bl-iso-9001_132x132

    5 Tips for a Successful ISO 9001:2015 Certification Audit

    ISO 9001 defines the criteria for quality management systems (QMS), which mostly applies to companies involved with regulated products or services. This post provides useful tips for successfully preparing for and completing an ISO 9001:2015 audit.

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    Cybersecurity in Medical Device Development

    The vast interconnectivity of medical devices is widening the attack surface of the public health sector. Intrusions and breaches are possible because of weaknesses in a medical device’s cybersecurity design. This post discusses the security vulnerabilities in medical devices and provides tips and resources for companies to strengthen their cybersecurity posture.

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    5 Medical Device Best Practices for Managing Risk to Users, Patients, and the Environment

    Medical device companies can take a risk-based approach, which simplifies regulatory compliance while alleviating concerns about speed-to-market and new device clearance overhead costs to maintain compliance.

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  • 2021-bl-med-device-trends_132x132

    Digitization in Medical Device Manufacturing: 4 Priorities

    Though most manufacturers may recognize the benefits of digital transformation, many don’t see the roadmap. But there is a realistic path forward that helps mitigate or minimize many real barriers. The key is to make small changes in areas where you will see the biggest impact.

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    5 Steps to Metrics Collection and Usage

    Gut instinct doesn’t cut it when making business decisions — especially in businesses that revolve around compliance and consumer safety. Hence the emphasis on big data and making data-driven decisions. It’s easy to say you want to use data, but to use it effectively you first need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

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  • 2021-bl-cfr-part-11_132x132

    20 Years Later, 21 CFR Part 11 is More Relevant than Ever

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 21 CFR Part 11 guidance made electronic records and signatures as valid as paper records and handwritten signatures. The guidance changed the dynamic of data and records management by advocating modernized technology in the life sciences industry.

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  • 2021-bl-evolution-med-device_132x132

    The Evolution of Medical Device Clinical Trials: Adapting to Regulatory Changes

    Regulatory shifts and the ever-accelerating pace of innovation are necessitating a new approach to clinical investigations of medical devices. Learn about the unique regulatory pathways that devices traverse and why recent updates to compliance standards are calling for risk-based clinical strategies.

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  • 2021-bl-explain-your-quality_132x132

    How to Explain Your Quality Job to Young Kids in 4 Steps

    When it was time to celebrate Career Day at my daughter’s school, she begged me to come talk to her first-grade class. I dreaded it. How do you explain to 6- and 7-year-olds what a quality manager does?

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  • 2021-bl-audit-checklists_132x132

    Understanding Auditor Checklists to Help Prepare for Audits and Inspections

    A checklist can be a simple yet powerful tool that you use to stay focused and complete essential tasks quickly and efficiently. As an auditor’s tool, a checklist can help ensure a well-planned, systematic, and consistent approach to audits. If the best way for an organization to survive an audit is to always be ready for one, you will be better prepared if you have an idea of what questions an auditor would ask.

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  • 2021-bl-culture-of-quality_132x132

    6 Ways Quality Managers Can Build a Culture of Quality

    If you’re a quality manager, you have a demanding job. In a nutshell, you’re responsible for ensuring satisfactory and consistent quality throughout every successive step of the development of your products and services, a duty which requires you to wield a massive skill set and wear many different hats. Your daily existence revolves around quality; you dissect it and measure it and evaluate it and analyze it; you sleep, eat and breathe quality. And yet, how often do you really contemplate the concept of quality, and what it means to your company beyond the daily rigors of meeting customer requirements and upholding mandatory regulations and standards?

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    AI: Regulatory Framework for SaMD – Part Two

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a regulatory framework around Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) for software as a medical device (SaMD). In the second part of a two-part series, past and current regulations are explored and explained.

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  • 2021-bl-medical-device-dhf_132x132

    Overview of the Medical Device Design History File, Technical File, and Design Dossier

    Medical device manufacturers must adhere to strict regulatory requirements, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 21 CFR Part 820 is a crucial set of regulatory guidelines meant to ensure the medical devices are high quality, safe, and effective. As part of these regulatory requirements, manufacturers must establish and maintain a medical device design history file (DHF) for each type of device. The following is an overview of the FDA’s design control and DHF expectations, as well as the role of the technical file/design dossier in European regulatory requirements.

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    Transition Plan: From Custom Device to Patient-matched

    As of the February 25, 2021, the December 2019 amendment of the Therapeutic Goods (Medical Devices) Regulations 2002 relating to the regulation of personalized medical devices was enacted. Understand the most notable changes.

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    A Q&A: the Trials and Triumphs of Validation

    Sequence Senior Consultant Peter McGrath weighs in on the struggles of traditional computer system validation (CSV), and how they can be solved with a risk-based approach. Months of time are spent on traditional CSV to the process, which produces piles of documentation. It doesn't have to be that way.

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    Principles of Lean Documents

    Controlled documents tend to be weighed down with unnecessary information. When lean principles are applied to documentation practices, it becomes evident that most documents can be trimmed down to a comprehensive and useful level while maintaining compliance.

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  • 2020-bl-quality-excellence-02_132x132

    5 Critical Factors in the CAPA Process

    Just as the name implies, corrective and preventive actions (CAPA) requires action. The key is knowing exactly what kind of action to take to solve the problem and prevent it from happening again.

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    Is Your CAPA Process Providing Adequate Return on Investment? If Not, Why Not?

    The FDA has increased focus on the effectiveness of failure investigations during inspections in recent years. A review of 483 observations and warning letters clearly demonstrate the agency’s current concern about the adequacy of failure investigations to truly identify root cause.

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  • 2021-bl-investigational-device_132x132

    FDA’s IDE: Data-Centric Approach to Med Device Innovation

    An Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) is a regulatory option that allows an investigational medical device to be used in a clinical study in order to collect safety and effectiveness data. This article explains why medical device manufacturers would seek an IDE and how they apply for the designation.

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  • 2020-bl-5-ways-2020-changed_132x132

    5 Ways 2020 Changed the Regulated Medical Industry

    With 2020 behind us, let’s take stock of what happened during the year and how the face of regulated medical industry has changed. Heading into 2021, be ready for remote options, deferred enforcement of regulations and more.

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    A Risk-Based Approach to Validation

    Updated guidances for process validation suggest using a risk-based life cycle management approach with relevant scientific rationale and evidence in lieu of a traditional top-down comprehensive approach. This article presents an approach to risk management for successfully meeting the regulatory guidelines for validation.

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