Showing items tagged as Quality

  • Building an Audit-Ready QMS

    15 November, 2018 by Joy McElroy, Consultant and Business Development Director, Maynard Consulting Company

    Consumers and patients assume manufactured pharmaceuticals are safe and effective. In order for quality units to assure this, you have to have a robust quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) program guided by an equally sound quality management system (QMS). Learn the roles of QC and QA and how to create a QMS that will help your company maintain a high level of quality.

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  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control: What's the Difference When It Comes to Managing Quality?

    13 November, 2018 by Kimberlee A. Washburn, Regulatory Affairs Author

    Quality assurance and quality control functions in the manufacturing process may share some similarities but they’re actually quite different animals. Learn about the purpose of each and their relationship to each other in enabling life sciences and other regulated manufacturers to maintain a high level of quality and compliance for their products.

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  • FMEA Without Tears: A Prescription to Reduce Pain and Confusion

    11 October, 2018 by Rai Chowdhary, CEO and Founder, The KPI System

    Failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) is a particularly effective tool in risk management. But its use is often accompanied by fear or pain because practitioners struggle to apply it. Learn how to effectively use FMEA without trepidation to improve your company’s risk management operations.

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  • Airplane Preflight Check Exemplifies Quality in Med Device Design

    10 October, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Before any aircraft leaves the ground, it undergoes a preflight check. Part 2 of this series on BraveHeart features Steve McCalmont performing an aircraft preflight check to illustrate how this critical part of flying equates to the importance of incorporating quality in the design of a medical device.

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  • Using a QMS to Qualify Your Suppliers

    2 August, 2018 by Sarah Beale, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Adulterated supplements and adverse events have long been the bane of the nutraceutical industry. However, this shouldn’t and doesn’t have to be the norm. By qualifying suppliers or ingredients, nutraceutical companies not only comply with CGMPs, they also protect their customers.

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  • Regulatory Barriers to Innovation for Startups

    31 July, 2018 by Tifany Desprez, Ph.D., Communication and Marketing Manager with MasterControl European Partner, Apsalys

    France and Europe are witnessing an explosion of life science innovation from new startups. But what separates the winners from the losers? Learn how to successfully overcome regulatory barriers and get your product to market quicker.

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  • Ensure Data Integrity With a Proactive Data Management Strategy

    24 July, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Data management technologies continue to evolve and improve the processes for collecting, storing and analyzing data. However, new technology rarely avoids growing pains. One dilemma regulated companies face with technology updates is maintaining data integrity. Regulatory guidelines for data integrity insist that all data and metadata remain intact and unaltered. This is a tall order when companies need to perform a large-scale data migration each time they update their data storage infrastructure. A good approach to effectively manage data and remain compliant with data integrity requirements is to develop a practical data management strategy around data storage and migration.

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  • Using the Newly-Approved Dietary Fibers in Supplements

    19 July, 2018 by Sarah Beale, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Many consumers don't get enough fiber, leading to health problems that are especially prevalent as people get older. Fiber supplements can help fill the gap, and now the FDA has expanded its definition of dietary fiber to include eight more sources.

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  • 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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  • What Biotech Startups Need to Do to Slay the Competition

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

    Venture capitalists have pumped $2.8 billion into biotechnology startups in the first two months of this year alone. This means two things if you’re a startup. First, expect fierce competition because a huge capital pool attracts the very best in the industry. Second, this kind of investor confidence requires that you hit the ground running.

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  • Time Management: Walk the Talk, QA Professionals!

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

    Quality assurance professionals are experts when it comes to talking about time management. But how to they fare in practice? Find out in this month's Quality Manager Tip by Walt Murray.

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  • The Link Between Regulation, Quality Systems and Data Integrity, Part 2

    31 May, 2018 by Philippe Charbon, CEO of Apsalys, a European value-added Partner of MasterControl

    An examination of how the evolving standards of data integrity are affecting regulations and quality considerations within life science industries worldwide.

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  • The Link Between Regulation, Quality Systems and Data Integrity, Part 1

    29 May, 2018 by Philippe Charbon, CEO of Apsalys, a European value-added Partner of MasterControl

    The emergence of new guidelines on data integrity, and the interpretation of that data via audits and inspections, doesn't detract from pre-existing elements of regulation, particularly Annex 11 of the European Union’s (EU) good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidelines.

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  • Quality Problems: Beyond Root Causes to 'Real Causes'

    8 May, 2018 by David Manalan, Principal, INQC Consulting

    Root cause analysis and corrective actions plans work well for solving quality problems, but how do you prevent quality incidences altogether? You have to dig deeper and investigate what David Manalan dubs the "real root cause."

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  • Why Fraud Control Plans Are Completely Unnecessary

    3 May, 2018 by Rod Farrar, Director, Paladin Risk Management Services

    With risk management, governments and companies often rely on having a fraud control plan. But typically, a risk register is more effective at detecting, responding to and preventing various types of organizational fraud.

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  • How to Minimize Protocol Deviations

    1 May, 2018 Laurie Meehan, Social Media Manager, Polaris Compliance Consultants

    Get off the list of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) most common site inspection finding — protocol deviations. Make sure your staff read and understand protocols, how they work and what types of deviations inspectors are looking for.

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  • Top 5 Up-and-Coming Trends for Nutraceuticals in 2018

    10 April, 2018 by Sarah Beale, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Business is booming for nutraceuticals as consumers turn to vitamins, minerals, herbs, innovative foods and other natural products to improve their health. The industry has expanded its focus to not just provide natural, clean products but also innovative, high-quality ones. The five biggest trends for 2018 reflect this, bringing new steps and creativity to the product development process.

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  • Complaint Analysis: Don’t Forget the Work You’ve Already Done

    5 April, 2018 by Jake Walton, Corporate Operations Quality Manager, MasterControl

    This month's tip concerns complaint analysis, and the fact that much of the labor of collecting the information for this quality step has already been recorded in writing during the pre-market phase by quality personnel.

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  • GDPR Deadline Approaches: What Is Expected for Compliance?

    3 April, 2018 by Dave Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    First the bad news. As long as health care-related data remains a valuable commodity, security breaches and data theft will persist. The good news is global regulatory agencies are ramping up their cybersecurity measures in an effort to restore relevance to the “protection” component of protected health information (PHI).

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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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