May 2018 Posts

Risk-based Audits: 5 Steps to Taking the “Risky” out and Putting the “Quality” in Your Business

Risk-based Audits: 5 Steps to Taking the “Risky” out and Putting the “Quality” in Your Business

Phil Johnson, Senior Director, Quality & Compliance Services, IQVIA

If you’re responsible for planning and carrying out your company’s internal audits, you know how much planning and effort it takes to monitor your quality system for GMP and ISO compliance. As your quality system has matured, you’ve probably noticed that certain sites, departments, or processes require more of your attention, while others are consistently in compliance and don’t need as much assistance. If this is the case in your organization, it’s time for you to consider a risk-based approach to your internal quality system audits.

The Value of a Risk-based Approach

A quality risk-based approach to internal audits allows you to assess the importance and performance of each area to be audited, and to use your results to devote your auditing time and resources to these critical business areas. Based on this risk assessment, you may also decide that certain areas of your business don’t need as much oversight. (more…)

ISO 13485 Compliance: Embed Risk Management within your Supplier Inspection Process

ISO 13485 Compliance: Embed Risk Management within your Supplier Inspection Process

Kavitha Rajaram, Senior Software Development Analyst, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

With deadlines approaching, ISO 13485 compliance is becoming more critical than ever before. Additionally, since ISO 13485 will be used as an auditing standard for the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP), your company may need to adhere to these standards during a regulatory audit. If you haven’t signed up for MDSAP audits yet, to prepare, you should conduct a gap analysis that closely examines organizational processes, especially quality management.

One of the prime high-risk areas in any manufacturing enterprise is its supply chain. A solid Supplier Quality Management system will support the processes that enhance supplier quality and keep supplier risk under control, improving the enterprise’s overall quality and compliance. (more…)

EU GDPR: Are You Ready? Is Your Quality Management System, Too?

EU GDPR: Are You Ready? Is Your Quality Management System, Too?

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

EU GDPR — The Week is Here!

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), approved by the European Parliament and Council in April 2016, replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/ec at the end of this week, 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…)

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 employee 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…)