February 2018 Posts

Supplier Participation Required: Time is Short, Supply Chains are Long, and Compliance is Required

Supplier Participation Required: Time is Short, Supply Chains are Long, and Compliance is Required

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

In the past few years, there has been a lot of focus on how organizations manage their suppliers. The reality for most is that their supply chains are getting longer, the need to work through those supply chain is getting shorter, and the regulatory requirements with regard to supplier management are becoming more broadly encompassing.

The most critical medical device regulatory requirements – ISO 13485:2016, ISO 9001:2015, 21 CFR Part 820, and EU MDR – have increased focus on the manufacturer’s responsibility for supplier performance. For instance, in the pharmaceutical industry, 21 CFR part 211 and ICH Q10 specifically address the management of suppliers.
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Smart Quality Management: The Impact of Industry 4.0 on QMS

Smart Quality Management: The Impact of Industry 4.0 on QMS

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

Industry 4.0, also known as Smart Factory 4.0, is labeled as the fourth industrial revolution, yet many don’t understand it or how it will impact the things they do; Quality Management is no exception. The Executives in your organization, however, are most certainly monitoring this paradigm-shifting strategy. Quality professionals should be as well. Quality professionals must ensure they are part of their company’s Industry 4.0 dialogue.

As Quality professionals forge into this new era, it’s critical to have a solid understanding of the premise and aspects of Industry 4.0/Smart Factory 4.0, and its implications for production, the extended supply chain, and their Quality Management System (QMS).
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Automated Computer System Validation: The Key to Increasing Your Quality System’s Efficiency

Automated Computer System Validation: The Key to Increasing Your Quality System’s Efficiency

Justin L. Smith, Director of Product Management, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

Within regulated environments, such as the Life Sciences community, there are a number of top-of-mind business challenges. Key among them is to increase operational efficiencies while keeping pace with an ever-evolving regulatory landscape. A daunting challenge to say the least, mainly due to the “ever-evolving” factor.

To address the challenge, companies invest in fantastic new systems and software that provide the foundation for compliance while also affording significant efficiencies over their paper or manual processes. However, too often, companies get stuck on their initial version of software due to the cumbersome impact that computer system validation has on the upgrade process.
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Prepare Yourself: Adverse Events Code Update Coming Spring 2018

Prepare Yourself: Adverse Events Code Update Coming Spring 2018

Bernard Jee, Product Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

As part of the enhancement to the electronic Medical Device Reporting (eMDR) system, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has indicated in its initial 2017 announcement that there will be an update to the Adverse Events codes. In particular, the code sets used in eMDR fields F10 and H6 are being harmonized with the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) Adverse Events Reporting terminologies, a new international guideline for coding medical device adverse events.

Based on conversation with the FDA and National Institutes of Health (NIH), the update is scheduled for implementation on April 6, 2018. An initial rollout in the pre-production environment will take place prior to April 6, 2018, allowing submitters a chance to conduct testing of their submission process to determine if any changes are required to accommodate these new codes.
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ISO 13485:2016 Compliance: Yes, It’s That Urgent

ISO 13485:2016 Compliance: Yes, It’s That Urgent

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

We’ve been talking about getting ready to meet the ISO 13485:2016 deadline for a while now, urging organizations to perform regulatory gap assessments, get a compliance update plan in place, and execute. In fact, I just reminded everyone again a few days ago in my blog about the steps to take to get compliant prior to March 1, 2019. So do we really need to address it again? Well, yes, because ISO 13485 Compliance is that urgent!

Timing Urgency

If your organization is currently certified to the ISO 13485:2003 standard, then it is important for you to know that before March 1, 2019, re-certification to ISO 13485:2016 will be required for your organization. You’re probably thinking that’s over a year away, we’ve got time! But consider this — from personal knowledge I can tell you that you are definitely not alone in the need to get this done within the next 12 months, and the queue for ISO 13485:2016 certification is long! Therefore, if you’re not done yet, or you haven’t even started, get some help to expedite the process.
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ISO 13485:2016 – The Countdown is On!

ISO 13485:2016 – The Countdown is On!

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

How much effort will it take to get your organization ready for ISO 13485:2016? The February 28, 2019 deadline is now just one year away, and many organizations need to take advantage of every minute between now and then to be compliance-ready. Busy registrar schedules, combined with your company’s certificate expiration, mean that you may have less time to prepare than you think.

Medical device manufacturers that aren’t prepared for the change will need to do some heavy lifting with regard to quality management practices and processes to stay compliant with the updated standards. Do you know the level of effort needed by your organization to get ready for the new version of ISO 13485? Here is some insight on where to start.
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