• 4 Rules for Building an eClinical Qualification Framework

    6 April, 2017 by Rob Sims, Marketing Programs Manager, UL

    As clinical trials continue to expand globally, technology plays a critical role in maintaining data integrity and at the same time accelerating study start-up. Consider a study management team that must travel globally to hold investigator meetings. Travel now takes up a much greater portion of the study management team’s time and energy.  That’s why study teams have turned to eClinical technology to reduce this effort – from preclinical R&D and regulatory communication to packaging/di

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  • How to Practice Quality Management in Your Personal Life

    4 April, 2017 Paul Sanderson, Solutions Consultants Manager, MasterControl

    “Quality management” is one of those terms that sounds so simple and esoteric at the same time, like DNA or free cash flow. I’m pretty sure I know what those terms mean until I start explaining them to someone. 

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  • 5 Warning Signs of Diminishing Supplier Quality

    30 March, 2017 David Butcher, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    supplier’s quality system doing what it’s supposed to be doing? Would you know if it weren’t? How would you know if there were flaws in your supplier’s quality processes before the problems get worse? These are the questions MasterControl’s Terrance Holbrook attempts to answer for medical device manufacturers in a recently published post on MDDI’s Device Talk blog.

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  • When You Find Yourself Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    27 March, 2017 Beth Pedersen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    We all have those days where everything that can go wrong, does. Where it seems the entire universe is working against you, testing your patience, your determination and your will to carry on. But in the scheme of things, are these so-called bad days really

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  • FDA Guidance Answers Questions Regarding Data Integrity

    23 March, 2017 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    An alarming increase in CGMP violations involving data integrity has come to the attention of FDA. To spotlight this issue, the regulatory watchdog has drafted a question-and-answer-based guidance, “

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  • The Most Important Four-Letter Words in ISO 9001:2015

    21 March, 2017 by Christine Park, Consultant, Christine Park & Associates

    Most organizations are well under way with the transition to the new ISO 9001:2015.  As such you should be very familiar with the emphasis on two four-letter words found throughout the document ….

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  • FDA Eager to be Innovative Partner with Expedited Access Pathway

    16 March, 2017 David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Part of FDA’s prime directive is to assure the safety, effectiveness and quality of biological products and medical devices. So the notion of FDA endorsing the acceleration of product development might raise some eyebrows. However, FDA officials and industry experts alike seem to agree that with some patients waiting is not the hardest part, it’s actually not an option.

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  • The Inner Game of Continuous Improvement

    14 March, 2017 by Jon Miller, Co-founder and Partner, Gemba Academy

    by Tim Gallwey for helping him overcome anxiety and self-doubt, and to keep winning. I read the book looking for parallels and general lessons that could be applied to workplace performance and continuous improvement, and was not disappointed. Here is a summary of what I learned about what I will call “the inner game of continuous improvement.”

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  • Brave New World: The Mutual Recognition of CGMP Inspections

    9 March, 2017 by Mark I. Schwartz, Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara PC

    Last week, the United States and the European Union agreed to recognize each other’s drug cGMP inspections. The agreement reached (see

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  • The Data Driven Reality of Clinical Trials

    7 March, 2017 by Craig Morgan, Head of Marketing, goBalto

    Why are metrics important in starting clinical trials? This question may seem counter intuitive, as we are exposed almost daily to the dire performance of clinical trials and their spiraling costs resulting from incurred delays.

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  • 2017 Marks Official “Go Live” For Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP)

    2 March, 2017 Marci Crane, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    For medical device manufacturers who plan to sell one or more products in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan and/or the U.S., the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) is a valuable option for reducing regulatory burden while simultaneously demonstrating compliance against all regulations stipulated by the respective regulatory bodies of participating geographies.(1) According to the U.S. FDA’s MDSAP FAQ page “The MDSAP…is a program that will allow the conduct of a single regulatory audit of

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  • Supplier Approval Challenges Under FSMA

    1 March, 2017 Erika Miller, Food Safety Specialist, D.L. Newslow & Associates, Inc.

    As a food safety and regulatory consultant, I work with diverse clients who face many different challenges with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation. The ones that are the hardest to address fall into the intersection between company policy and regulatory requirements. Supply-chain approval is a major challenge for many larger corporate clients, as well as smaller clients who must remain flexible to maintain profitability. The requirements of the Foreign Supplier Verification Prog

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  • 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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  • 5 Reasons Why Leslie Knope Should Manage Your SOPs

    24 January, 2017 David Jensen, Marketing Communications

    Compliance observations and warning letters regarding standard operating procedures (SOPs)—or the lack of—in life sciences manufacturing facilities are as common as fruitcake during the holidays. How can medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers hope to reduce the exorbitant number of documentation infractions? Get Leslie Knope to manage your SOPs.

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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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  • Recognizing the True Heroes of Life Science on Donor Day

    13 February, 2017 James Jardine, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    ) estimates that an average of 22 people die every day because the organs they need to survive are not donated in time to save their lives. Five years ago, I was within days of becoming one of those death statistics. But the heroic actions of someone I will never know ensured that my two sons still have a father. While some may only turn their thoughts to organ donors every February 14

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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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  • Supplier Qualification: An Important - and Often Neglected - Validation Component

    2 February, 2017 by Robin Nozick, Business Development Consultant, BC Solutions, LLC

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  • Your Top 10 Questions About ISO 13485:2016—Answered!

    2 February, 2017 by Lisa Weeks, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    In early 2016, the International Standards Organization (ISO) published the long-awaited revised version of ISO 13485:2016, the standard which provides device makers with a framework for establishing a quality management system (QMS). Because it is the first major revision to the standard in 13 years, questions abound. In this post, we will tackle the most common questions asked by attendees during the many ISO 13485:2016-centric webinars we offered last year. We will also tap into the expertise

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  • 12 Free Resources to Supercharge Your Supplier Management System

    31 January, 2017 James Jardine

    To get what they truly want, businesses—just like people—often must rely on outside help. Even the most adept companies with the best ideas need to rely on external collaborators at some point if they want to achieve their aspirations and accomplish big tasks. Partnering and outsourcing are compulsory, mutually beneficial practices in today’s dynamic business environment.

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