A new year has begun. For most of us that means a fresh start and a brand new set of goals. But have you set your quality and compliance goals and resolutions for 2017? Whether you’re just getting started or planning the next steps in your quality maturity, Pilgrim’s quality and compliance experts are here to help you start the year off right.
In today’s post, we’ve asked our experts, “As a quality and compliance professional, what is your top resolution for 2017?” Here are some ideas that will lead you and your organization to a happy and prosperous new year.
1. “It was said once, the journey of 1,000 miles starts with a step. Start your quality journey in 2017 with a commitment to quality by design.”– Rick Lowrey, CEO
2. “Be certain that your organization has a clear plan on how to satisfy the new ISO requirements this year.” – George Penton, Vice President of Global Services
3. “Initiate and document quality transactions at the source and then work to extend quality beyond your four walls.”– Kari Miller, Vice President of Regulatory and Product Management
4. “Quality is a business tool. If you put both culture and processes in place and maintain them with integrity, you will easily set your business apart from the competition in 2017.” – Joshua Centner, Industry Solutions Consultant
5. “Resolve to dramatically reduce your quality costs by effectively managing enterprise risks.” – Kevin Lee, Industry Solutions Consultant
6. “Phishing and spear-phishing attacks will continue to rise throughout 2017. Companies need to focus on phishing education and testing of team members to mitigate the risk of falling victim to an attack.” – Tom Colgan, Director of Cybersecurity
7. “Documented quality processes aid in eliminating labor costs. A process that is well documented can be executed over and over with little to no errors.”– Brenda Powers, Quality Assurance Specialist
8. “Pay particular attention to your supplier quality agreements.”– Konyika Nealy, Vice President of Quality Assurance and Validation
9. “Continuous improvement is the key to improving quality (of products and processes) while minimizing risks!” – Massimo Franza, Senior Director of Software Engineering
10. “Do not wait until the ’midnight hour’ when sending adverse event submissions to the FDA! Acknowledgement 3 can take up to 24 hours before received. If there is a problem or error with the submission, you may not receive the confirmation in time. This will jeopardize a timely submission. Resolve to submit at least 5 days prior to the 30 day deadline.”– Robert Freeman, Technical Support Manager
11. “Deliver small incremental changes more often to leverage their benefits sooner (and free up more time for continuous improvement!).”– Kumud Bhattarai, Director of Software Development & Enterprise Architecture
12. “Think Agile. Verification and validation in an Agile methodology is an efficient approach to improve product quality, increase process compliance, ensure intended use and customer needs, and minimize the validation burden, while improving implementation timelines.” – Ninoshka Ortiz, Validation Specialist
13. “Use your internal audit programs to reach all parts of the organization, not just management. If issues arise, have non-management team members involved in developing solutions. This creates awareness throughout the organization and can assist in developing your quality culture.”– Charles Murphy, Senior Vice President, Pilgrim Cloud and Support
14. “Encryption of data, both in-motion and at rest, is a key method of protecting data from being lost or stolen.”– Stanley Curtis, CTO and Senior Vice President of Software Engineering
15. “Resolve to automate at least one new quality process this year.”– Justin L. Smith, Product Management Manager
16. “Quality should always be a part of the company culture. Unfortunately it is typically seen as a cost to the business by executive teams and is often one of the first areas to be cut when profits dip. As quality and compliance professionals it is our responsibility to keep pressing management and management teams when we see risks, despite the challenge of swimming against the tide.”– Kerensa Green, Validation Specialist
17. “Albert Einstein was credited with saying ‘If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.’ In 2017, do you have 5 minutes to speak with Pilgrim Quality about a solution to your quality problems?”– Derek Hughes, Senior Manager Industry Solutions
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