2018 Posts

Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium: 2018 Symposium Update

Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium: 2018 Symposium Update

Kari Miller, Regulatory and Product Management Leader, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

Established in 2003, the Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium (FMMC) strives to unite, promote, and grow Florida’s Medical Device Industry and enhance the business success of its member companies. To that end, every year the Consortium hosts a Symposium to allow for industry networking, the expansion and sharing of industry knowledge and expertise, and to update its members on advocacy activities.

FMMC’s current advocacy activities occurring at the state and national level include:

  • Supporting Florida legislation fully exempting the purchase of manufacturing equipment (MME) from sales tax
  • Backing proposed legislation to reduce Florida’s sales tax on commercial rent
  • Working with national, regional, and industry advocacy groups in the fight to repeal the medical device excise tax

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Fortifying Quality across your Global Supply Chain

Fortifying Quality across your Global Supply Chain

Kari Miller, Regulatory and Product Management Leader, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

In recent weeks, the Pilgrim Blog has addressed the fact that supply chain complexity in the Life Sciences has grown from simple domestic sourcing, manufacturing and distribution, to a complex ecosystem of global sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution centers around the world. As such, companies need to develop, implement, and maintain a Supplier Management program that integrates compliance, oversight, and strong supplier relationships into business practices and quality systems.

Yet, in many cases today, not all suppliers are selected, evaluated, or maintained according to the type of product or service provided. (more…)

Be Aware! Security Training and Employee Engagement

Be Aware! Security Training and Employee Engagement

Tom Colgan, Director of Cyber Security, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

As agents of quality and compliance within the Life Sciences industry, we are all well aware of the importance of security awareness training in order to be compliant with various frameworks, laws, and regulations, including HIPAA. But in practice, does your organization’s awareness program simply “check the box,” or do you believe your efforts are having an impact?
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Document and Change Management: These Siblings Play Well Together

Document and Change Management: These Siblings Play Well Together

Sandy Carson, Marketing Communications & Events Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

This is the story of a beautiful family – Mr. & Mrs. Quality Management and their two children, Document Management and Change Management. Unlike many siblings that squabble daily, the Quality family kids play very well together. Their favorite playground is in the Life Sciences where they frequently collaborate to show off their teamwork and agility.

In that arena, the siblings do sometimes demonstrate distinctive personality traits as well. For instance, Document can be overwhelming, and at times, sloppy and out of control; Change is a constant force and can be difficult at times, but prefers to be in control. In those instances, they need to support each other. There’s no denying their relationship, and that they are, in fact, better together. (more…)

Strategic Planning for the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). Have You Spoken to Your CEO Yet?

Strategic Planning for the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). Have You Spoken to Your CEO Yet?

Caroline Freeman, Principal Consultant, Consulting Services, IQVIA
Phil Johnson, Senior Director, Quality & Compliance Services, IQVIA

Despite having a longer transition of five years compared to the three years for the EU Medical Devices Regulation (EU MDR), the In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR) provides IVD manufacturers with a much higher hurdle to jump over than the EU MDR1 for “general” IVD manufacturers. Due to this higher hurdle, IVD manufacturers must not sit back and wait for the commotion of the MDR to die down before implementing their transition.

Adding to the pressure of the May 2022 IVDR transition deadline, other, even shorter deadlines should force IVD manufacturers into action sooner. These include Health Canada’s mandate for adherence to the Medical Devices Single Audit Program (MDSAP), and the end of transition of EN ISO 13485:2016. (more…)

Know Your Suppliers: Protect Your Customers

Know Your Suppliers: Protect Your Customers

Kari Miller, Regulatory and Product Management Leader, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

Knowing your suppliers is as important as knowing the material they provide. Life Sciences regulators around the globe could not agree more! If you have a product defect, it doesn’t matter who is at “fault”, your supplier or your own organization.

Ultimately regulators are going to hold your organization (the license holder for the finished product) responsible for the quality of the materials and services your suppliers provide you. This is evidenced in recently updated standards and regulations such as ISO 13485:2016 and EU MDR, or long-standing standards such as 21 CFR Part 820 and Part 211, or ICH Q9 and Q10. However, and more importantly, the only thing the public will see and react to is your product and your brand. It pays to maintain tight oversight of your suppliers, and not just for compliance reasons. (more…)

Quality Risks: Use Quality System Data to See the Big Picture

Quality Risks: Use Quality System Data to See the Big Picture

Kevin Lee, Industry Solutions Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

On a day-to-day basis, most of us are busy taking care of the details. We’re fixing problems as they happen, checking things off to-do lists, and responding to emails. But as we move through our busy days, most of us are aware of the periodic need to take a step back, look at the big picture, and assess our progress against our goals. That high-level look often reveals trends that need to be reinforced or changed as we move forward. Nowhere is this truer than within a quality system. The seemingly small or micro details that we work through each day add up with other processes and details to form the bigger (macro) picture of our organization’s risk.
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Simplifying Today’s Regulatory and Compliance Complexities

Simplifying Today’s Regulatory and Compliance Complexities

Bill Buzzeo, General Manager, U.S. Center of Compliance Excellence, IQVIA

The quality, regulatory, safety, and commercial compliance management areas are quite often looked at as organizational necessities rather than value-added functions. They also are areas that sometimes lack innovation and transformation.

In a recent global survey of pharmaceutical CEOs, regulatory concerns continue to be viewed as a threat to growth. In fact, since 2013, these concerns, collectively, are among the top three threats as reported by pharma executives (PWC’s 20th Annual Global Pharma CEO Survey). (more…)

EU GDPR: Have you reviewed your Quality Management System?

EU GDPR: Have you reviewed your Quality Management System?

Kari Miller, Regulatory and Product Management Leader, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

EU GDPR Overview

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), approved by the European Parliament and Council in April 2016, replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/ec. When this regulation goes into effect on May 25, 2018, it will become the primary regulation protecting all European Union (EU) data subjects from privacy and data breaches in a world driven by data — a world very different from the time in which the 1995 directive was established. (more…)

ISO 13485:2016 and Supplier Management – A Reflection of the World Around Us

ISO 13485:2016 and Supplier Management – A Reflection of the World Around Us

Kari Miller, Regulatory and Product Management Leader, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

The global economy is often the topic of blogs, articles, and macroeconomic discussions. It’s no surprise that it’s become a leading consideration in the field of Quality as well. The global economy has added complexity to our supply chains making it more important than ever to assess and control supplier risk. Lengthy supply chains make it more difficult than ever to manage suppliers and remain compliant with the plethora of regulatory requirements around the world. The updates to ISO 13485:2016 reflect this reality.
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