• Med-tech Firms Face a Changing Economic, Regulatory Landscape

    6 December, 2010 Janet Moore, Minneapolis Star Tribune

    This article was first published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on October 20, 2010.

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  • The Medical Device Design History File, Technical File / Design Dossier

    17 April, 2017 John Lincoln, Principal Consultant, J.E. Lincoln and Associates

    The United States Food and Drug Administration recognizes that with devices, the majority of serious problems are introduced during the design / change phases of development of new or changed products. Changes to existing products are addressed under Change Control, Engineering Change Orders, and similar required cGMP procedures. In the mid 1990s, it was recognized that the design of new product or major changes / line extensions to existing products was not well controlled. Recognizing this i

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  • Uncertain Times for Medical Devices - Regulatory and Clinical Advice

    17 April, 2017 Ron Warren, Principal Consultant, Regulatory Services, Medical Device Consultants, Inc.

    There is no shortage of discouraging news these days for the medical device industry. We continue to hear how the recession is curtailing investment and venture funding of new medical technologies. Many start-ups find they are unable to attract new funding for projects or have to delay major expenditures for product development. Moreover, FDA is under new leadership and promising increased enforcement in food and drug programs and is taking a hard look at device programs, particularly the 510

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  • Top Four Activities to Prepare for ISO 13485 Certification

    17 April, 2017 James Jardine

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed more than 17,000 international standards on numerous subjects. For medical device companies, the most important of these standards is ISO 13485:2003, which provides internationally recognized guidelines pertaining to quality management systems (QMS). Certification to ISO 13485 does not necessarily fulfill the requirements of regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but it will bring a company's

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  • Managing Outsourcing Operations Reduces Risk

    17 April, 2017 Steven Niedelman, former Deputy Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Operations and COO of the Office of Regulatory Affairs at FDA

    Recent problems associated with melamine in pet food, infant formula and milk products, ethylene glycol in toothpaste, salmonella in green peppers, and oversulfated chondroitin sulfate that mimics sodium heparin have prompted widespread news reports, which we have all seen, heard or read about, that affect many of the products we have grown to trust. In the case of the sodium heparin situation which resulted in hundreds of injuries and greater than eighty deaths, FDA shared the blame by failing

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  • Management Review - Measuring the 'Heartbeat' of Your Quality Management System

    17 May, 2010 John Gagliardi, President of MidWest Process Innovation, LLC

    Management Review is sometimes viewed with some ambiguity because there are so many different ways to conduct these planned sessions. Most of the approaches taken by medical device companies to organizing these reviews are (just) compliant and even go so far as to fulfill only the very basic requirements of the Regulations (21 CFR, Part 820) and the standards (e.g. ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2000).

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  • The Medical Device Market in Japan: Worth its Weight in Gold?

    Marci Crane

    For medical device makers the device market in Japan is a literal gold mine.

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  • Overview of ISO 13485 - Medical Device Quality Management System Requirements

    17 April, 2017 Betty Lane, CQMg, CQA

    Many people in the medical device industry do not know much more about quality systems than that they are required. This article provides an overview of medical device quality systems and then describes generally the requirements of the ISO 13485 international standard for medical devices quality management systems (QMS). Medical devices can be simple or complex, but all of these can benefit from being designed and manufactured under ISO 13485:2003 which is the most widely used medical device QM

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  • The Four Pillars of QSR Compliance

    17 April, 2017 Denise Dion, Senior Consultant, EduQuest, Inc.

    At first glance, FDA's Quality System Regulations (QSR) for medical devices - contained in 21 CFR 820 - may make your eyes cross and your stomach churn. The rules are intimidating, yes - but impossible to follow, no.

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  • Medical Device - Articles / News

    MasterControl

    It’s been 10 years since the FDA introduced a regulation requiring that medical device manufacturers implement a formal CAPA system. Yet, managing a CAPA system remains a major challenge for many manufacturers. Let’s consider a few things that could help you improve your system.By Ken PetersonFull Article

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  • Changes on the Horizon: The FDA’s Interactive Review Guidance

    17 April, 2017 MasterControl

    IIn the medical device industry, guidance documents set forth by the FDA are often the skeletal backbone for medical device design and development.  When a new guidance emerges, the med device industry pays attention. 

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  • FDA Postponing Annual Registration of Medical Device Establishments

    17 April, 2017 MasterControl

    The FDA announced in June that it is postponing the annual registration of registered medical device companies for 2008.

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  • FDA Announces 510(k) Changes

    22 March, 2011 MassDevice staff

    MassDevice.com is the online busines journal of the medical device industry. Visit www.massdevice.com for the latest FDA and medical device business news.

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  • What is the FDA's Third-Party Inspection Program and pMAP?

    17 April, 2017 Gregor Dzialas, Third-Party Inspection Program Manager, TUV Rheinland

    Many medical device manufacturers do not realize they can save time, money and resources while satisfying inspection requirements by the FDA and other conformity assessment providers. Under the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act of 2002 (MDUFMA), the FDA introduced the Inspection by Accredited Persons Program or Third-Party Inspection Program. Under this program, eligible Class II and III medical device manufacturers can turn to an FDA-accredited third party to perform U.S. regulato

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  • Failure Investigation: Treating the Root Cause, Not the Symptoms

    18 April, 2017 Karl Vahey, Director of Compliance, International RA/QA, Covidien

    Why should medical device manufacturers perform failure investigations? One reason is that it is a regulatory requirement. The Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR 820) in areas such as Non-Conforming Product, Corrective and Preventive Action and Complaint Files describes the requirements for failure investigations. Performing effective failure investigations is also good business practice which can lead to reduction in scrap and rework, process improvements and the elimination of recurring issue

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  • For Medical Device Professionals - Is Your Executive Management Involved with Quality?

    13 September, 2011 Christine Park, Christine Park & Associates

    We've all heard of the recent FDA decisions to increase the focus of inspections on management with executive responsibility. There have been at least two warning letters issued this year with observations targeted in this area. While there are 26 references to the role of executive management within the Quality System Regulations (QSR 21 CFR820) these warning letters address two very basic requirements of quality systems:

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  • The Keys to European Compliance: An Informative Summary Regarding the European Medical Device Vigilance System Guidelines

    17 April, 2017 MasterControl

    The medical device industry, like most industries, is feeling the attractive pull of globalization. After all, global connections provide more business and combine innovative powers, two essential elements that are indispensable in successful med-device environments.

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  • eMDR and Event Problem Code Changes: Are We There Yet?

    MasterControl

    Normally, "are we there yet?" is the annoying question kids, and some adults, ask during a drive to a summer vacation spot. As summer comes to an end, "are we there yet?" is also a good question for your company to consider with regard to two initiatives currently underway at FDA: eMDR and Event Problem Code changes.

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