• The Migraine Known as the Supplier Audit — and Some Simple Remedies

    23 February, 2017 Ken Christie, COO, VTS Consultants

    The topic of supplier audits can cause severe anxiety and headaches for many biopharma companies. This pain stems from the combination of having to understand the applicable regulations, determine the elements of a supplier audit in terms of criticality, establish the frequency and type of audits to be performed based on this evaluation, and follow-up on any issues found. Sufficient time is needed to prepare for and execute such activities, and time is one thing few of us have enough of. However

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  • Quality Pros & the Oscars: Films to See Based on Your Personality

    16 February, 2017 Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    It’s Oscar season! From Seattle to Shanghai, movie fans are talking about their favorites, and maybe betting in their Academy Award office pool or its equivalent overseas. Watching Hollywood films is the world’s favorite pastime, judging by the U.S. film industry’s box-office revenues, which exceeded $11 billion in 2016 (1).

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  • How to Lead with Respect

    7 February, 2017 Mike Orzen, Founder, Mike Orzen & Associates

    “Over time I’ve come to realize that engaging in this problem-solving process is actually the highest form of respect….The manager truly respects the employee’s knowledge and his or her dedication to finding the best answer….Only by showing mutual respect-- each for the other and for each other’s role-- is it possible to solve problems, make work more satisfying, and move organizational performance to an ever-higher level.”

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  • Surviving Live Data Inspections by the FDA---3 Critical Success Factors

    19 January, 2017 B. Christine Park, CQA, CQM/OE Consultant

    I have long been a supporter of being well prepared for FDA inspections, including how data is presented during the inspection. Historically, you’d print the files for FDA review rather than do a live demonstration of the database information. While I haven’t experienced it yet, it is my understanding that the FDA is now requesting a “live” data review. Essentially the expectation is for you to walk the inspector through your files and explain the information rather than have you print and organize paper files before they see it.

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  • 5 Things I Learned about FDA Audits from its Sister in Compliance, the FCC

    10 January, 2017 Anthony Rossi, Sales Operations Specialist, MasterControl

    Before I came to work at MasterControl, I was an operations coordinator at a company called CaptionCall. CaptionCall provided telephone captioning to the hard of hearing, and because it was funded through federal taxes we were directly overseen by the FCC. While I was working at CaptionCall, I was directly involved in an audit performed by the FCC. The day of the inspection was one of the most stressful days in my career.

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  • Protect Your Investments!

    29 December, 2016 Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine, President, Devine Guidance International

    Did you miss old doctor? Dr. D is back from a two-week hiatus that included some drinkin’ and thinkin’, and is again ready to continue with the dispensing of guidance for solving the day-to-day challenges associated with the medtech industry. Helping Chief Jailable Officers (CJOs) navigate the often treacherous regulatory waters associated with compliance to quality, regulatory and statutory requirements has always been one Dr. D’s salient goals, along with providing a few chuckles. Besides, the

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  • Santa Claus Is REAL but He Requires an EQMS!

    20 December, 2016 Marci Crane

    Once upon a time your parent or some “responsible” adult decided to be a big dope and tell you that Santa Claus wasn’t real. You, always the awesome kid on the block, took the news with grace but nevertheless it carved a scar onto your tender little heart.

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  • Rogue Documents: A Standard Story

    13 December, 2016 David Butcher, Staff Writer

    When Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters this week, audiences will finally learn how the Rebel Alliance got their hands on the Death Star plans, an event referenced in the opening crawl of the original 1977 film. For the Empire, failing to secure its critical information – the Death Star plans – was catastrophic. For an organization working in a regulated environment, failing to maintain control over all of its critical documents and data can also be devastating.

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  • Free E-Book: 5 Things to Expect in the Future of Regulatory Compliance

    7 November, 2016 Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer

    Global health care spending is expected to increase by 4.3 percent until 2019, with biotech drug sales and medical device revenues forecasted to reach $445 billion and $454 billion, respectively, in 2019 (1). Given such growth, what kind of regulatory landscape can you expect? A newly released enhanced e-book offers five forecasts.

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  • How Frances O. Kelsey Blazed a Trail for Women in Regulatory Compliance

    3 November, 2016 Jon Beckstrand, CEO, MasterControl Inc.

    Whether it’s the ibuprofen we take to remedy a headache or the world’s smallest pacemaker approved by the FDA earlier this year, we can rest assured that these medical products passed scientific scrutiny and complied with stringent regulations. We can thank a woman who blazed a trail at the FDA—Frances Oldham Kelsey—for raising the bar in compliance.

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  • 4 Quality Management Tips We Can Get From Time Travel Movies

    20 October, 2016 David Jensen, Marketing Communications MasterControl

    Ever wish you could have a do-over? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to go back in time to change or undo some event? Or what about going to a future time? Nothing illegal, maybe just to avoid the lines and hassle of getting a ticket to the next episode of Star Wars.

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  • Ignoring This Overlooked Risk Management Metric Leads You Down The Path To The Dark Side

    13 October, 2016 by Ed Rusch, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Elemica

    Hurricanes. Power outages. Socio - geopolitical upheavals. Train derailment. Road closures. Contamination in a supplier facility. Terrorism, cyber-attack, sabotage or industrial espionage. Labor unrest. Global pandemic. Fires, floods and natural disasters. These incidents are not a work of science fiction and the number of them that can negatively affect the supply chain are real and virtually limitless.

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  • Key Regulations & Initiatives that Modernized Compliance for Life Science Companies

    4 October, 2016 by Cindy Fazzi, Editor, MasterControl Insider

    Not too long ago, regulatory compliance meant color-coded stamps for various documents, gigantic cabinets for storing files, and truckloads of paper documents for FDA submissions. The advent of 21 CFR Part 11 signaled the movement toward automation. It’s one of 16 regulations and initiatives that helped modernize the compliance process for life science companies.

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  • Identifying and Preventing Common Data Integrity Issues

    20 September, 2016 Joanna Gallant, Owner/President, JGTA LLC

    Because of the multitude of problems being found in regulatory agency inspections, data integrity is a hot issue for regulators around the world today. Data integrity is critically important to regulators for a variety of reasons, including patient safety, process and product quality. The integrity and trustworthiness of the data provides a baseline for the regulators opinion of the personnel and the company as a whole.

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  • Is Compliance an Obstacle to Quality?

    15 September, 2016 Daniel Matlis, Founder and President, Axendi

    Can you distribute poor quality products while complying with regulatory requirements? Sure, after all, you can conduct a recall of poor quality products in compliance with all applicable regulations.

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  • Multipurpose Tool vs. Best-of-Breed Platform: How to Tell the Difference

    15 September, 2015 Paul Sanderson, Solutions Consultants Group Lead

    When we invest in tools, we naturally want the most bang for our buck. Who hasn’t tried to use a screwdriver as a pry bar or a pair of pliers for loosening a bolt when a properly sized wrench would be more appropriate?

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  • "Hacking" Quality

    13 September, 2016 Peter Holtmann, President & CEO, Exemplar Global Inc.

    Continuing my theme of the future of quality, the ability to see the future could come through some interesting lenses—hacking, for instance.

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  • Free E-Book Depicts a Decade of Change in Life Science Regulatory Compliance

    6 September, 2016 Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer

    Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This dilemma applies to automation and regulatory compliance. Did the FDA issue 21 CFR Part 11 to encourage technology use? Or did life science companies use technology first—prompting the FDA to develop corresponding regulations?

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  • Why Russia Is an Attractive Market for Clinical Trials

    16 August, 2016 MasterControl

    When you think of countries as candidates for clinical trials, which ones come to mind? North America, Great Britain, France?

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