• Communicating Priorities to Your Employees

    16 September, 2014 Curt Porritt, SVP, Marketing, MasterControl Inc.

    Needless to say, if managers don’t understand corporate priorities, they can’t communicate them to employees. Entire departments may pursue the wrong priorities, causing stra­tegic corporate plans to become less effective. I’ve seen a lot of this. Likewise, if managers understand the priorities, but have not communicated them well to their departments, the results can be the same. And if employees are left to themselves to decide what the priorities are, not only are the efforts of your teams unlikely to match corporate goals, they probably won’t even match each other. You will likely have employees working in different directions, even within the same departments or even on the same projects.

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

    10 March, 2016 Lillian Erickson, Global Quality Manager, MasterControl Inc.

    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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  • The Use of "Poka Yoke" with Medical Device Design and Manufacturing

    17 May, 2011 by Jim Shore, Product and Process Improvement Leader, Dynisco

    The Poka Yoke method is something that improves your daily life; why not use it to make your product better, as well? The best solutions are simple, quick to implement and 100 times more effective than a 100-percent final inspection.

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  • Failure Investigation: Treating the Root Cause, Not the Symptoms

    18 April, 2017 Karl Vahey, Director of Compliance, International RA/QA, Covidien

    Why should medical device manufacturers perform failure investigations? One reason is that it is a regulatory requirement. The Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR 820) in areas such as Non-Conforming Product, Corrective and Preventive Action and Complaint Files describes the requirements for failure investigations. Performing effective failure investigations is also good business practice which can lead to reduction in scrap and rework, process improvements and the elimination of recurring issue

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  • Overview of ISO 13485 - Medical Device Quality Management System Requirements

    17 April, 2017 Betty Lane, CQMg, CQA

    Many people in the medical device industry do not know much more about quality systems than that they are required. This article provides an overview of medical device quality systems and then describes generally the requirements of the ISO 13485 international standard for medical devices quality management systems (QMS). Medical devices can be simple or complex, but all of these can benefit from being designed and manufactured under ISO 13485:2003 which is the most widely used medical device QM

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  • The Medical Device Design History File, Technical File / Design Dossier

    17 April, 2017 John Lincoln, Principal Consultant, J.E. Lincoln and Associates

    The United States Food and Drug Administration recognizes that with devices, the majority of serious problems are introduced during the design / change phases of development of new or changed products. Changes to existing products are addressed under Change Control, Engineering Change Orders, and similar required cGMP procedures. In the mid 1990s, it was recognized that the design of new product or major changes / line extensions to existing products was not well controlled. Recognizing this i

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  • Leverage TOQ for a Faster, Cost-Effective Software Validation

    10 April, 2014 by Richard Dirkson, Senior Validation Services Consultant, MasterControl Inc.

    More and more regulated companies are using electronic quality management systems, but the concept of software validation remains a mystery to many engineers and quality professionals. In this article, I will try to shed light on the underlying goal of software validation within the context of FDA guidelines and offer a practical strategy.

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  • On the Quality of Vendor/Supplier Audit Responses

    8 April, 2014 by John Janeri, Independent CSV/Part 11 Auditor working with Polaris Compliance Consultants; Edited by Laurie Meehan, Social Media Manager, Polaris Compliance Consultants, Inc.

    After writing, revising, and signing the finalized audit report, most independent auditors move on to their next project.

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