• CLIA-phites vs. Quality-noids: Who Will Win the LDT Debate?

    6 December, 2016 Lisa Weeks

    The FDA’s proposed guidance for laboratory developed tests (LDTs) continues to create conflict between Quality-noids, those in favor of greater FDA oversight, and CLIA-phites, those who are not. Historically, the FDA has exerted little oversight of LDTs (e.g., no premarket review or quality system requirements) but that’s changing, largely because today’s LDTs are far more complex than the LDTs of the past. Both sides agree that more oversight is needed. Which federal agency should provide it, however, has sparked intense controversy.

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  • Top 8 Ways to Reach Regulatory Compliance

    8 December, 2016 MasterControl

    Many companies doing business in regulatory environments treat compliance like another obstacle to success. However, companies that live in regulatory environments have come to understand that compliance is actually a tool that can give them a competitive advantage. Statistics show that 72 percent of senior executives at regulated companies say that ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements is one of the most important challenges in their company.

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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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  • Lean Thinking: A Roundup

    15 December, 2016 Tom Ehrenfeld

    This month marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Lean Thinking, the book that helped popularize what many of us today know as “lean.” Over the next two days on the Lean Post, authors Jim Womack and Dan Jones will discuss how their thinking has evolved since its publication. Keeping in spirit with past roundups of other lean topics, here’s a recap of the book, as well as a look at several resources giving context to this thing called lean.

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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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  • Love it or Hate it, the 21st Century Cures Act is a Big Step Forward

    21 December, 2016 Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer

    The 21st Century Cures Act is a massive piece of legislation (996 pages) with an equally tremendous ambition. The life science industry heralded it as a victory, while critics expressed some concerns. Everyone agrees, however, that there’s a need to support medical innovation and advance regulatory compliance. The reform-minded law unites all sides to that extent.

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  • 5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Health Care and What It Means for Quality Management

    27 December, 2016 Beth Pedersen, Marketing Communications, MasterControl

    Health care data is expected to reach a staggering 2,300 exabytes (one exabyte is equal to one billion gigabytes) in 2020. We all know knowledge is power, but the amount and complexity of data in existence has long since outpaced the human mind’s ability to access and process it. Enter artificial intelligence (AI). Since its inception over half a century ago, AI has experienced an ebb and flow of attention, investment, development and scrutiny but one idea persists: the promise of making human lives significantly better.

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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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  • 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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  • "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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  • How to Minimize Protocol Deviations

    1 May, 2018 Laurie Meehan, Social Media Manager, Polaris Compliance Consultants

    Get off the list of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) most common site inspection finding — protocol deviations. Make sure your staff read and understand protocols, how they work and what types of deviations inspectors are looking for.

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  • 5 CAPA Best Practices You Should Be Doing Now

    5 January, 2017 Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer

    Let’s play a quick word association game. If I say CAPA, I’m betting someone will say manufacturing. The concept of corrective action and preventative action is indeed associated with product quality in manufacturing because of long-standing regulations and standards requiring CAPA in that sector. However, MasterControl’s Patricia Santos-Serrao says you can and should leverage CAPA principles in clinical research.

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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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  • 5 Tips for Bolstering Cybersecurity

    12 January, 2017 David Jensen, Marketing Communications, MasterControl

    Cybersecurity can be exhausting and difficult to control—even for IT pros. A security risk management executive at AbbVie Inc., discussed cybersecurity at the 2016 PDA/FDA Joint Regulatory Conference and offered some tips for how you can ramp up your organization’s IT security efforts.

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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 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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  • 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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  • Add Cybersecurity Education to Every Employee’s Job Description

    5 September, 2017 David Jensen

    The recent surge of security breaches and ransomware attacks is reinforcing the need to make cybersecurity an all-hands endeavor. Despite all the cybersecurity tools that companies are implementing, security breaches are still rampant because one of the top cybersecurity weaknesses in all industries is the lack of training employees on cybersecurity.

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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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  • ISO, Regulatory Requirement Changes Loom

    1 September, 2017 by B. Christine Park, Consultant, Christine Park & Associates

    As we near the end of the first quarter of the new year, it’s time for everyone to get really serious with transition plans to the new ISO quality management systems standards and other regulatory requirement changes.  Here are a few of the recent changes:

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