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Quality Management System (QMS) Definition

What quality management means for regulated companies.

A quality management system (QMS) is the core of any quality and compliance process. It is a regulatory requirement that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other global regulatory bodies consider critical. An automated QMS system reduces audit time and findings and lowers the risk of product recalls. It improves product quality and safety, increases customer satisfaction and ensures FDA and ISO compliance.

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Key Elements of a QMS

The FDA defines a quality system as the structure, processes and resources for fulfilling quality management requirements. The following are key QMS processes:

  • Document Control:

    Ensure that only current documents are used. Changes must be reviewed and approved. Documents and records must be kept for the required length of time.

  • Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) Management:

    Actions to identify, resolve and prevent product defect and compliance issues.

  • Training Control:

    Processes for identifying training needs. Includes ensuring that all staff are fully trained to perform their assigned duties.

  • Audit Management:

    Processes for conducting quality audits. Audits are required to ensure the QMS is effective and complies with regulations.

  • Risk Management:

    A proactive effort to identify and control quality issues. Must be part of new product development, design change, manufacturing, CAPA and postmarket oversight.

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Quality Management System for the Pharmaceutical Industry

The FDA ensures pharma products are high quality, safe and effective by ensuring drug companies are compliant with its Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations. CGMP guidelines for pharma products apply to the methods, facilities and controls used in product manufacturing, processing and packaging. 

Quality Management System for the Medical Device Industry

The quality management system guidelines for medical devices are issued by the FDA. Their intent is to ensure that companies manufacture and sell devices that are safe, reliable and effective. Compliance with these requirements is a normal part of business in the medical device industry.

Frequently Asked Questions About Quality Management Systems

What is the goal of quality management?

Quality management involves processes for ensuring and continually improving the quality of products. The goal of quality management to produce products that are safe, effective and meet the needs of customers.

What does QMS stand for?

Quality management system (QMS). It is any system that a company employs to ensure the quality of its products or services.

What are medical device quality management system requirements?

Guidelines for a medical device company’s quality management system. These are in place to ensure devices are safe and effective. They also make sure companies consistently meet compliance and customer satisfaction requirements. 

What is the difference between quality management and quality assurance?

The focus of quality management is on fulfilling quality requirements. It involves setting standards that define quality metrics and benchmarks. Quality assurance is a proactive approach to identifying defects in products and issues with product development processes.

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