Risk Posts

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

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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2018 Resolutions: Make Quality & Compliance Collective Top Priorities

2018 Resolutions: Make Quality & Compliance Collective Top Priorities

Do you ever wonder how many individuals truly commit to their New Year resolutions? How many actually follow through? The figure is difficult to calculate because more often than not, there is no system of checks and balances, no accountability for individuals’ behavior. In 2018, consider not only your own personal Quality and Compliance goals and resolutions, but engage your colleagues in sharing them with you. Be one another’s support network and ensure that those intentions are realized. Make the behaviors that support them a part of your organization’s Quality Culture for 2018.
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Happy Holidays from the Pilgrim Quality Blog Team

Happy Holidays from the Pilgrim Quality Blog Team

It has been our pleasure this year to share with you our perspectives on the latest topics in quality, compliance, and risk management. We wish you a delightful holiday season and a prosperous 2018.
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Not-So-Standard SOPs: What You Need to Know

Not-So-Standard SOPs: What You Need to Know

Davor Milosevic, Quality Assurance Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

Formal written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are required both by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA). While the term standard suggests “business as usual,” there’s definitely nothing standard about what they represent. SOPs, in part, demonstrate compliance and say to inspectors that you know what you are doing and why.

However, for the last couple of years, SOP deficiencies have been one of the top findings in FDA audits on both the drug and device manufacturing sides. In fact, almost every deficiency identified in FDA’s 483s and Warning Letters can be traced back to deficiencies in SOPs, or lack of compliance in following them, within an organization. As such, the entire Quality Management System (QMS) of an organization could be severely compromised due to SOP defects or mismanagement of the related processes.
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Practical Tips for Managing Supplier Risks in the Life Sciences Industry – Part 2

Practical Tips for Managing Supplier Risks in the Life Sciences Industry – Part 2

Florian Czaszewicz, Industry Solutions Consultant, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

Last week’s post was the first in a two-part series on practical tips for managing supplier risks in the life sciences industry. In the previous post we discussed how resource planning, understanding the rules, preparation, and planning lay the foundation for a successful supplier-risk management program. In today’s post we’ll provide practical tips for setting goals, coaching recommendations, and best practices for supplier performance and risk monitoring.
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Practical Tips for Managing Supplier Risks in the Life Sciences Industry

Practical Tips for Managing Supplier Risks in the Life Sciences Industry

Florian Czaszewicz, Industry Solutions Consultant, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

Recently, I had the opportunity to explore practical tips for managing life sciences supplier risks along with Dr. Carmine Jabri of E.M.M.A. International Consulting Group, Aida Markham of QACV Consulting, and Kenneth Christie of VTS Consultants, Inc. This post is the first in a two-part series where we’ll review key takeaways from Pilgrim’s portion of that webinar and presentation. If you’d like to view the entire webinar, you can watch the on-demand version here.
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The Path to ISO 13485:2016 Compliance – Are You Audit Ready?

The Path to ISO 13485:2016 Compliance – Are You Audit Ready?

Sandy Carson, Marketing Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

The industry continues to be buzzing about ISO 13485:2016, and with good reason. The March 1, 2019 deadline is inching ever closer and some organizations are in full preparedness mode. Some have already even conducted mock audits. Others have been granted new product approvals with the new ISO criteria already coming into focus for them. Others are simply putting team plans in place for their implementation and/or upgrade to ISO 13485:2016-ready Quality Management Software (QMS) solutions.
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The Supplier Qualification Framework – Assessment, Responsibility, and Control

The Supplier Qualification Framework – Assessment, Responsibility, and Control

Florian Czaszewicz, Industry Solutions Consultant, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

Last week, I had the opportunity to explore the Life Sciences Supplier Qualification and Control Framework along with Nicky Dodsworth of Premier Research, Dr. Benjamin del Tito of the Biologics Consulting Group, Peggy J. Barry of Synergy Consulting, and The Knowledge Group. In today’s post, we’ll review key takeaways from Pilgrim’s portion of the webinar. If you’d like to view the entire webinar, you can watch the on-demand version of Life Sciences Supplier and Contractor Qualification and Control Framework Explored here.
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Key Takeaways: Choosing the Right QMS for ISO 13485:2016 Compliance

Key Takeaways: Choosing the Right QMS for ISO 13485:2016 Compliance

Kari Miller, Vice President of Regulatory and Product Management, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

Last week, we hosted a webinar titled “Choosing the Right Quality Management Solution (QMS) for ISO 13485:2016 Compliance.” During the presentation, we provided a brief overview of changes to the updated regulation, details on certification timing, and a demonstration of how Pilgrim’s SmartSolve® quality management software simplifies compliance with the new version of the standard. If you missed the live session, you can view the on-demand version of our ISO 13485:2016 solution webinar here.
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Strategic Approaches in Integrating Quality and Risk Management

Strategic Approaches in Integrating Quality and Risk Management

Florian Czaszewicz, Industry Solutions Consultant, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

Recently, I had the opportunity to present a webinar with Thermo-Fisher Scientific, E.M.M.A. International Consulting, and The Knowledge Group addressing Strategic Approaches to Integrating Risk and Quality Management within the Life Sciences. We examined the broad subject of risk, first using a telescope, and then more closely with a spyglass, to provide both macro and micro views of quality and risk management.
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