• Quality Management has Moved On!

    24 March, 2016 Andrew Foy Owner, Foy Certification Ltd.

    Quality assurance was originally conceived to document a set of procedures aimed at ensuring that quality standards and processes were adhered to by a business; but has now moved beyond the tick box concept and can play an integral part in improving business performance.

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  • ISO 9001:2015 - A Powerful Addition to Your Professional Tool Kit

    29 March, 2016 Greg Peckford Founder, Quality Career Advancement

    There are over one million organizations in over 170 countries registered to ISO 9001. That alone is a pretty impressive statistic claimed by www.iso.org. But what this stat is missing are the countless other companies worldwide that have adopted the ISO 9001 standard as a blueprint for the development and implementation of their quality management systems without becoming formally certified.

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  • Six Signs of Potential FSMA Fakes

    31 March, 2016 Nye Joell Hardy, Food Safety Technical and Regulatory Writer

    Since companies that grow or process fresh produce are now required to follow the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, it should be no surprise that there are people out there trying to make a buck off of all that confusion and desperation. Some of these companies are honestly putting their best food forward in trying to meet your needs, but there are others you should worry about, especially if they say any of these six things:

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  • Compliance, Innovation and GMPs at the 32nd SQA Annual Meeting & Quality College

    4 April, 2016 Robyn Barnes, Marketing Communications, MasterControl

    If you’re not cultivating a culture of quality at your workplace, what are you doing to improve compliance, innovation and good manufacturing practices (GMPs)?

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  • Income Tax Myths and Document Control Systems

    5 April, 2016 Robyn Barnes, Marketing Communications, MasterControl

    I’ve been reading Steve Berry’s novel, “The Patriot Threat.” The crux of the book is that the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, the one that requires Americans to pay income tax, may be illegal. The story goes that some of the states may have never ratified the Amendment, and some may have ratified a document that didn’t have the same wording as others. (I won’t spoil the mystery by telling you what transpires.)

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  • Med Device: How to Address the Documentation Burden of Design Control

    12 April, 2016 Matthew M. Lowe, Executive Vice President, MasterControl

    Design control issues represent a key challenge for many medical device firms. This is the reason why in 1996, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added design control principles to 21 CFR Part 820 and required rigorous documentation to demonstrate design control.

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  • CFDA Medical Device Software Regulation Undergoes Major Revision

    14 April, 2016 Beth Pedersen, Marketing Communications, MasterControl

    With so many international regulatory bodies governing different countries and industries, it can be difficult for manufacturers to stay abreast of all of the changing regulatory environments and requirements across the globe. On August 5, 2015, China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) released its “Principle of technical review of medical device software” (2015 Order No. 50). The principle, which is only available in Chinese, signals a major change for documentation requirements for stand-alone software or software components developed by medical device manufacturers or their development partners.

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  • The Importance of Applying Risk-based Design Control to Process Validation

    18 April, 2016 Lisa Weeks, MasterControl Communications

    In order to have a successful submission for approval of drugs, medical device, biotechnology, supplements, combination product and IVD an organization must have a prolific and structured design process. According to regulators, this process must now include the explicit condition of technical transfer as a formal review step to manufacturing/assembly.

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  • Coming Soon to a Pharma Inspection Near You: The Program Alignment Group (PAG) Plan

    19 April, 2016 Mark Schwartz Of Counsel, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara P.C.

    There have been at least four FDA initiatives, in the works for some time that, in the coming years, will change the way pharmaceutical (and indeed all FDA) inspections are conducted. We think you should know about these initiatives, and how they are likely to affect the way companies prepare for, and deal with, FDA inspections. Today, we are going to discuss the Program Alignment Group (PAG) plan, arguably the least controversial of the four. Over the next few weeks we will discuss the other three programs that are likely to dramatically affect the inspection landscape.

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  • 4 Downton Abbey Characters Who’d Make Great Quality Professionals (and 4 Who’d Be Bloody Awful)

    21 April, 2016 Lisa Weeks, Marketing Communications, MasterControl

    Are you experiencing Downton withdrawal now that the award-winning PBS costume drama is officially over? You’re not alone. Monday morning water cooler banter hasn’t been the same since our friends in the Great House threw the dust shields over the furniture and bid us farewell. If you’re missing your favorite Downton characters, don’t fret. There is probably a Mr. Carson or Lady Mary sitting in the cubicle next to you. After all, several members of the Crawley household, upstairs and down, possess the skills and personality traits needed for a successful career in quality management—others clearly don’t. Warning: Spoilers ahead!

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  • Don’t Trip over These 9 Document Control Pitfalls

    26 April, 2016 Dave Hunter, Product Management Director, MasterControl

    Document control issues are among the most commonly cited observations in FDA Form 483s and warning letters. In the medical device sector alone, document control-related issues represented 10 percent of Form 483 observations and 8 percent of warning letters in 2014(1).

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  • Proposed Legislation Would Create a New Conditional Approval Pathway to Market for Regenerative Medicine Products

    28 April, 2016 Jeffrey K. Shapiro & Charlene Cho Hyman; Phelps & McNamara, P.C.

    In the emerging world of regenerative medicine, there is a stark dichotomy in the level of regulation applied to products derived from human cells and tissues, or what FDA calls “human cells, tissue or cellular and tissue‑based products” (HCT/Ps).

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  • Top 10 Medical Device Inventions Critical to Parenting

    3 May, 2016 Robyn Barnes, Marketing Communications, MasterControl

    I’m a medical device article junkie and I love all those “Top 10” lists that everyone publishes. Recently I saw one entitled “Top 50 Medical Device Inventors of All Time.” Nice article but it had a few flaws. First, most of the inventors were men. Who doesn’t know that necessity is the mother of invention?

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  • Cleanroom Compliance: How to Address Common Challenges in Document Control

    5 May, 2016 Dave Hunter, Product Management Director, MasterControl

    A recent warning letter to a medical device firm shows the importance of proper documentation of cleanroom maintenance procedures and corresponding control of those documents. The FDA noted the company’s failure to establish and maintain written procedures for avoiding contamination of equipment, as well as the incongruity between some of its cleanroom procedures and records of actual practice (1).

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  • Need Help Navigating UDI? FDA Can Help

    10 May, 2016 Compiled from MedTech Intelligence and FDA reports

    Although the unique device identification (UDI) rule was finalized in September 2013, the compliance rollout period will last several years (based on device classification). To help companies as the rule is phased in, FDA has posted five new education modules. You can find these on the CDRH Learn site.

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  • The FDA Just Completed Its Inspection...Now What?

    12 May, 2016 David R. Butcher, Marketing Communications, MasterControl

    Even after an FDA investigator has completed an inspection at your facility, there’s still plenty of work that remains. At the conclusion of an audit, the inspector will hold an exit interview to discuss observations and present significant findings on a Form 483. What do you do next?

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  • Five Reasons Why TMF Training is Important

    17 May, 2016 Sholeh Ehdaivand, President and CEO, LMK Clinical Research Consulting

    Training is a vital component of workplace efficiency especially when it comes to one of the most important deliverables of a clinical trial – the Trial Master File (TMF). Perhaps that’s why, according to a recent article in Forbes magazine, U.S. companies spent over $70 billion on corporate training in 2014, an increase of 15% over the previous year. If you are lucky enough to oversee the TMF, you spend so much time bringing the right employees on board, it only makes sense you would understand the importance of providing them with the proper training to ensure your TMF is always inspection ready.

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  • SOP Revision SWAT-Style

    19 May, 2016 Laurie Meehan, Social Media Manager, Polaris Compliance Consultants, Inc.

    SOP revision. It falls somewhere between income tax prep and colonoscopy prep on the likability scale. So why would you want to read about it? Maybe you’re hoping someone’s figured out a way to make the process more efficient and less painful. Maybe we have.

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  • Accelerate Time-to-Market by Improving Process Validation

    24 May, 2016 James Jardine, Marketing Communications, MasterControl

    Process validation, a general term for critical disciplines such as risk mitigation/management, quality assurance and change management, is something that far too many life science manufacturers only worry about when a product is just about to go to market. That late in the game, though, it can be hard to produce the required and relevant information that has accumulated during years of product development. In a recent article in PharmTech titled “Reducing the Documentation Burden in Process Validation,” Patricia Santos-Serrao, RAC, of MasterControl explains how regulatory agencies define process validation as it pertains to the collection and evaluation of data from the process design stage all the way through to commercial production.

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  • Kaizen Means You Care

    2 June, 2016 Dan Markovitz, Markovitz Consulting

    I’m shepherding this company along its lean journey, and we’ve started by asking people to simply fix what bugs them. We’re not making people sit through lots of classes, we’re not doing 5S, we’re not trying to “move the needle” on the business—we’re just trying to get people to see that the way things were yesterday isn’t the way they have to be today. We want people to know that they have the power to make things better and easier for themselves. We often forget that’s the real first step in establishing a culture of kaizen—just knowing that you’re allowed to improve things.

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