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Why Quality Teams Should Get Connected with Product Development

IntroductionQuality teams often think of their role as different and separate from product development. However, in today’s increasingly complex medical device market, a product-centric approach to quality management is fundamental to delivering high-quality devices.Next-level proactive quality management processes requires a closer connection between product development and quality teams to address […]

Mar 27, 2019

Cloud QMS Simplifies Validation

Why the need to validate?In the journey to deliver safe and effective devices to market, medical device manufacturers must simultaneously manage a myriad of regulations. To maintain quality compliance throughout the manufacturing process, quality leaders have the option to use various types of quality management systems (QMS). They can leverage […]

Mar 13, 2019

FDA Audits: The True Cost of Quality Problems

IntroductionFDA audits are an unavoidable and often unwelcome reality for medical device manufacturers, and knowing how to prepare for them effectively and confidently is vital to success. Not having a proper plan in place can have dire consequences for organizations. Quality failures can result in everything from warning letters to […]

Feb 27, 2019

What’s Killing Your Change Review Cycle Times?

Companies today face many challenges as they scale from early research and development stages to commercial production. Global competition, environmental compliance, and more distributed supply chains are just a few hurdles that must be overcome. The stakes are high if you fail to innovate and beat your competitors to market. […]

Feb 20, 2019

Keys for CAPA Success

IntroductionEstablishing Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) ensures that medical device manufacturers can better comply with regulations and standards like FDA 21 CFR part 820.100 and ISO 13485, including quality systems that identify, analyze, and correct quality issues. These corrective and preventive action (CAPA) processes are a major component of delivering […]

Jan 22, 2019

Navigating the 510(k) Clearance and PMA Approval Process

IntroductionThere are two main paths that medical device manufacturers can use to bring moderate- and high-risk devices to market with the FDA’s permission: through submittal of a premarket approval (PMA) request or 510(k) application.Submitting a PMA application is a more extensive approach, requiring substantial evidence that provides “reasonable assurance that […]

Jan 9, 2019