• Regulations Vary Worldwide but Risk Management is Common Demoninator

    17 July, 2012 Cindy Fazzi, Marketing Communications Specialist, MasterControl, Inc.

    To compete in today's global market, regulated companies must comply with innumerable requirements, directives, and standards coming from regional, national, and international bodies. While these requirements vary based on industry and the regulatory body involved, they do have a common denominator—emphasis on risk management.

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  • Transitioning from an FMEA Risk Analysis to a Total Risk Management System

    31 January, 2013 Richard Vincins, Vice President, Quality Assurance Consulting, Emergo Group

    Traditionally companies have been performing risk analysis to identify hazards, categorize the risk, and find methods for mitigating those risks. This approach has only been focused on the finished product with a limited view during design controls, not on how product is actually used. The risk analysis has been done as part of design and development with the development team themselves identifying the risks and hazards. What we are seeing over the last few years is that risk analysis or risk

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  • Biotechnology Article

    28 May, 2015 MasterControl

    The MasterControl quality management system is a flexible system since it can be constructed from a variety of individual quality control/quality assurance solutions.

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  • MasterControl Again Named to Software Magazine’s 31st Annual Software 500

    8 October, 2013 by Software Magazine

    MasterControl Inc. recently announced its inclusion in Software Magazine’s Software 500 ranking of the world’s largest software and service providers, now in its 31st year. This is the fifth year the company achieved this recognition.

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  • When Good Teams Go Wrong

    17 July, 2012 by Ruth Dubinsky, MS, President, Clarity Consulting

    How's your team doing? Are you hitting your targets without leaving "dead bodies" in the wake? Do you sense trust, commitment, and accountability from your fellow team members?

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  • SPC vs SQC: The Strategic Difference

    1 May, 2013 Jason Orloff, Statistical & Engineering Consultant, Pharmstat

    The tension between after-the-fact inspection and defect prevention has been at the heart of manufacture since the introduction of statistical methods to industry in the 1940s. Today, to clearly divide responsibilities within an organization, and tie these very different activities to existing roles, consider a division by impact to the patient. Activities which monitor a process in real-time to prevent defects while a lot is being manufactured are known as Statistical Process Controls (SPC).

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  • Quality Misconceptions

    4 January, 2011 Jennifer Stepniowski, Special Project Manager, Pro QC International

    For over a decade now, I've had the distinct pleasure of talking quality with professionals representing a myriad of industries. For the most part, people who reach me are experiencing a quality-related issue and are looking to quickly extinguish the fire and prevent recurrences. Or they may simply want to reduce their overall risks—and costs—by incorporating a specific quality initiative.

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  • Developing a QMS: Should You Buy or Build?

    11 December, 2012 Cindy Fazzi, Marketing Communications Specialist, MasterControl, Inc.

    When it comes to a quality management system, should you buy or build? Many regulated companies face this dilemma. Perhaps these companies are small startups without a QMS, or maybe they are established but they want to improve their existing systems.

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  • Avoiding Remediation with a Good QMS

    15 May, 2013 Walt Murray, Director of Quality and Compliance Services, MasterControl Inc.

    Many companies will try to resolve compliance actions by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the use of an electronic document management system (EDMS) approach that is typically post mortem. This is risky business at two critical levels. First, no EDMS approach will replace the operation of a comprehensive quality management system (QMS) that describes the integration of necessary GxP (compliance) driven quality processes. Secondly, the response will need to have a litany of justif

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  • Using History to Predict the Future of Quality

    10 July, 2013 Tim Donaldson, President, Donaldson Group, Inc.

    Predicting the future is fool’s play---think Edsel, Nostradamus, even Chicken Little. But if you or your organization is wrestling with what direction to take your quality programs and your entire organization, perhaps a brief look at history will aid in developing your future strategies and culture of quality.

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  • Top 10 World Quality Month

    8 October, 2013 MasterControl

    Did you know that November is World Quality Month?  You still have a few days left to create your own list of top ten actions you’ll take to improve the quality of your work.  Here are a few suggestions:

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  • MasterControl Revs Operational Excellence Using Six Sigma

    24 April, 2013 Craig Gygi, Executive Vice President Operations, MasterControl, Inc.

    The de facto standard for excellent business operations is Lean Six Sigma. Only five years ago you could not say that. But today, in every industry and every geography, companies have determined that the principles and practices of Lean and Six Sigma are the world-class standard for designing, configuring, improving, and controlling business.

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  • Quantifying Quality for GxP Compliance

    30 October, 2012 Emma Barsky and Len Grunbaum, Regulatory Compliance and Operational Consultants

    GxP professionals understand the need for quality and quality systems and we discuss quality with one another on a daily basis. But how do we measure it? How do we quantify our results? Once again we turn to Len Grunbaum and Emma Barsky, regular contributors to GxP Perspectives, for their insights on how to quantify quality for the development, manufacture, and distribution of health products such as drugs, medical devices, and biologics.

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  • Quality Professionals: How to Increase Your Job Security

    31 January, 2013 Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer

    The life science industry has not been immune to the global economic downturn, with pharmaceutical companies such as AstraZeneca, Roche, and AMAG Pharmaceuticals recently announcing layoffs. Similarly, medical device companies such as Stryker, Medtronic, and Smith & Nephew have announced job cuts. So, is there such a thing as job security anymore?

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  • Peeling the Onion to Improve Human Reliability

    11 December, 2012 Stacy Berkshire, Senior Director of Global Quality Programs, Perrigo Company

    Humans will make mistakes. Industries have been focusing on strategies to reduce or even eliminate human error in efforts to keep consumers and employees safe. Pharmaceutical companies are responsible for ensuring that their products are safe, labeled correctly, have the correct strength, are pure, and are produced with good quality. In the pharmaceutical industry when deviations are identified as a result of an error, organizations follow a deviation investigation process to understand the root cause and put in a corrective action to fix the problem.

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  • How to 'Sell' Quality

    30 October, 2012 Deborah Mackin, Performance Strategy Consultant, New Directions Consulting

    ASQ CEO Paul Borawski asked us to comment on the question, "How do you 'sell' quality to decision makers?" While everyone theoretically believes in the importance of quality, there are times when the demands of the customer cause the focus to shift to speed and cost. Probably many quality heads of departments have been asked to compromise quality requirements at some point to get product out the door.

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  • Avoiding Human Error in Design

    14 August, 2013 BW (Ben) Marguglio, President, BW Marguglio, LLC

    Any enterprise that is engaged in activities with the potential for public and employee harm should be encouraged, if not required to develop and implement an integrated risk management, safety management, quality management and environmental management system for the prevention of events with intolerable effects. Such a management system would establish various techniques by which to analyze the safety and quality of the designs of hardware and processes.

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  • Risk-Based Approach to Monitoring: The Value of Data in Clinical Studies

    3 May, 2012 Patricia Santos-Serrao, Senior Product Manager, Pharmaceutical Industry, MasterControl, Inc.

    In August 2011 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a guidance entitled "Oversight of Clinical Investigations - A Risk-Based Approach to Monitoring," which highlights a new approach to clinical site monitoring different from that of years ago. In this most recent guidance, the FDA openly states that "Many sponsors have understood that FDA expects sponsors to conduct frequent on-site monitoring and 100% data verification for all trials," clarifying that this is not always the best approach or the most productive use of time.

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  • The Rising Costs of Clinical Trials

    31 January, 2012 Patricia Santos-Serrao, Senior Product Manager, Pharmaceutical Industry, MasterControl

    One of the most costly areas of business for any Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology Company has always been clinical research. Now more than ever the cost of bringing a product to market is staggering and as patents on trademark products expire the hope for recovering costs of research get smaller and smaller.

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  • Regulatory Submissions: Filling the Critical Gaps in EDM Systems

    11 July, 2012 Patricia Santos-Serrao, Senior Product Manager, Pharmaceutical Industry, MasterControl, Inc.

    It's been said that electronic document management (EDM) systems for the management of submission documents are "a dime a dozen." However not all EDM systems are created equal, at least not when it comes to the management of final submission documents. Many of us are familiar with the standard functionality that most EDM systems provides particularly in the life sciences space such as: document types, taxonomy, version control, lifecycle management, securities, PDF rendering, watermarks, and el

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