Showing items tagged as Medical Device

  • Is Supplier Quality a Fallacy? Implement Risk-Based Control in Design

    3 July, 2018 by Walt Murray, MasterControl Consulting Partner and Principal Consultant of Pinpoint Consulting

    Medical device manufacturers must rely on more than their buyers or procurement group to provide supply quality. In order to be successful, companies must implement risk-based design controls in order to minimize risk and maximize benefits to their supply quality process.

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  • Top 5 Medical Device Industry Trends in 2018: Atypical Medical Device Technology Will Become More Typical

    28 June, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Technology companies outside of the health care sector continue to carve out a niche in the medical device industry. This trend makes the competition more flammable. Still, in many ways, disruptive technology developers may need to call upon their incumbent counterparts for assistance with navigating the regulatory pathway to compliance. This article discusses some of the regulatory stumbling blocks that could impact non-traditional medical device developers.

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  • How to Make Pre-Sub Program Communication With the FDA More Transparent

    26 June, 2018 by Walt Murray, MasterControl Consulting Partner and Principal Consultant of Pinpoint Consulting

    If you're getting close to submitting a medical device for market clearance through the FDA, you may want to read this month's Regulatory Manager Tip. The best type of communication for this process is to create even greater transparency by creating a venue for interaction with FDA staff for a "pre-sub" review of your device submission.

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  • Medtech Startups: How to Survive Cutthroat Competition

    19 June, 2018 by Matthew M. Lowe, Executive Vice President, MasterControl

    In the fierce arena of medtech startups, competition is intense and investor confidence is high. A recent Ernst & Young report shows that early-stage medtech firms captured 52 percent of seed funding last year and surpassed the total amount for later-stage companies, the first time it has happened in 10 years. If you’re a startup, is it time to sit back and relax? Hardly.

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  • Australia Offers Wave of Potential for Pharma, Medical Device Manufacturers

    13 June, 2018 by Mike Rigert, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Australasia is quickly becoming a hotbed for life sector manufacturers including pharmaceutial and medical device companies from around the globe seeking regulatory approval for their products and other opportunities. Find out why.

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  • TGA Process for Conformity Assessment in Australia

    7 June, 2018 by Grant Bennett, Senior Consultant and CEO, Brandwood Biomedical

    If you’re considering the Australian market for your medical device product and don’t have CE marking, the conformity assessment is an ever-increasing opportunity to enter the market. Furthermore, with the ever-changing landscape in Europe, many would suggest that Australia's Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA) is a well-established and understood pathway, whereas the European market is becoming somewhat more challenging and less understood.

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  • 7 Ways to Reduce Human Error on the Drug and Device Manufacturing Floors

    18 May, 2018 Ginette Colazzo, President, Ginette M. Collazo Human Reliability Consultancy

    As technology advances, human error in manufacturing becomes more and more visible every day. Human error is responsible for more than 80 percent of failures and defects. Sadly, little is known about the nature of these events mainly because the quest for answers ends where human error investigations should begin. This situation has become very evident to regulators and GMP enforcement agencies are being more critical of the approach, result, and effectiveness of corrective and preventive actions or CAPAs when dealing with human performance issues. In order to successfully achieve this goal, we have to understand how to improve the way we deal with these types of situations.

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  • Top Medical Device Trends in Asia-Pacific and Around the World

    15 May, 2018 by Terry Walsh, Director APAC, MasterControl

    The speed at which the medical device industry is changing and evolving is perhaps unrivaled in the life sciences industry. Medical device manufacturers are experiencing disruption from small companies and startups entering the market1, tech giants like Amazon are investigating and investing in medical device expertise and cybersecurity concerns are on the rise.

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  • Top 10 Takeaways from MD&M West 2018

    15 March, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    I recently attended the 2018 MD&M West conference, Feb. 5 – 7, in Anaheim, California. The three-day event pulled together the medical device industry’s top engineering, design and regulatory compliance experts. This year’s conference covered the most timely and pressing topics, including technology, cybersecurity, design control, digital health and regulatory updates.

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  • February Tip: Continuous Employee Training Reduces Deviations and Nonconformances

    9 February, 2018 by Jake Walton, Corporate Operations Quality Manager, MasterControl

    This blog post is part of an ongoing series to provide the latest tips from experts in the field to help readers keep up with changes in the quality and regulatory industry .

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  • January Tip: How to Choose and Use External Consultants

    23 January, 2018 by Jake Walton, Quality Manager

    External consulting firms can be used to provide expert help for many of the standard responsibilities that the quality department is tasked with. These external organizations are ready to provide you with the necessary documents to get on your approved supplier list, and can jump into work at various stages. Look for organizations that have specialized experience in the area(s) you are looking for and they can quickly and effectively help.

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  • Ensuring Quality In Medical Device Trials

    11 January, 2018 by Mary Lewis, Senior Clinical Research Specialist, IMARC

    Manufacturers have used a quality systems approach to ensure consistency within their processes for years, but the FDA is now encouraging clinical researchers to take a similar approach to medical device trials.

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  • Infographic: 10 Common Pains in Dossier Management for Med Device Firms

    30 November, 2017 by Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    People say a picture is worth a thousand words. The 10 common pains in dossier management described in this infographic is worth ten thousand words given how much they affect the daily work of regulatory professionals and submission managers.

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  • FDA Finalizes Guidance on When to Submit a 510(k) for a Change to an Existing Device

    29 November, 2017 by Rachael E. Hunt & Allyson B. Mullen, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara

    On October 25, 2017, FDA issued a final guidance: Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Change to an Existing Device. This guidance is a final version of the draft issued in 2016 (see our post on the 2016 draft here). Despite receiving a significant number of comments, the final guidance is largely unchanged from the 2016 draft. Industry should also be comforted to know that the final guidance is also, at its core, very similar to the 1997 guidance – a welcome relief as compared to the 2011 draft guidance.

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  • FY2018 Increasing User Fees Affects Submission Strategy

    11 October, 2017 by Michelle Lott, Founder, Lean RAQA Systems, LLC

    Just in the nick of time at the end of August, Congress reauthorized the Medical Device User Fees (MDUFA) ensuring that FDA received vital funding to properly staff submission reviews and other activities. While the user fees for all submissions increased, de novo submissions saw the most significant increase. Historically, de novo submissions did not have a user fee. However, with FDA’s expansion of the de novo submission options to include direct de novo rather than conversion from a non-substantially equivalent 510(k) determination, the FDA was understaffed to accommodate the additional review burden. As a result, de novo submission review times could drag out 10 to 12 months.

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  • Three Ways to Accelerate Your Lean Journey

    4 October, 2017 by Dan Markovitz, Founder, Markovitz Consulting

    I spent two days in St. Louis last week at the Global Lean Leadership Conference. It’s a small conference—only about 150 people—consisting of companies that have embraced Paul Akers’s 2 Second Lean philosophy. Companies that wanted to join the conference were required to have the president attend (although there were many other people from those companies as well).

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

    14 September, 2017 by Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    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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