Quality System Posts

The Path to ISO 13485:2016 Compliance – What’s Your Next Step?

The Path to ISO 13485:2016 Compliance – What’s Your Next Step?

Justin L. Smith, Manager of Product Management, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

This industry continues to buzz about ISO 13485:2016. The February 28, 2019 deadline is now less than two years away, and many organizations need to take advantage of every minute between now and then to be compliance-ready. Plus, busy registrar schedules, combined with your company’s certificate expiration, mean that you may have less time to prepare than you think.

Pilgrim is here to help you along the path to compliance. Are you ready to move forward?
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The Case for Quality System Transformation

The Case for Quality System Transformation

Kari Miller, VP of Regulatory and Product Management, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

Recently, Pilgrim was a sponsor and a presenter at the American Medical Device Summit. The conference examined the challenges and opportunities currently facing the medical device industry. It also focused on the journey to best practices in the area of design, quality, compliance, technology, and strategy.

The quality track examined the value of creating an environment conducive to building a quality culture, with change management, harmonization, and collaboration as central themes. In fact, collaboration was a key theme throughout the conference as an element of innovation, risk management, sustainability, and compliance.
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FDA Warning Letters, 483s, and Funnel Clouds: What do tornadoes have in common with FDA inspections?

FDA Warning Letters, 483s, and Funnel Clouds: What do tornadoes have in common with FDA inspections?

Adonna Blasko, Marketing Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

What do inclement weather and FDA inspection results have in common? Whether you want to believe it or not, they can both escalate from serious to disastrous fairly quickly. For anyone who’s spent significant time in the Midwest or tornado alley, it’s common knowledge that a tornado warning is more serious than a tornado watch. The truth is, the tornado alert system has quite a bit in common with FDA inspections, FDA Warning letters, and FDA form 483s. Let’s take a closer look.

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5 Steps to a Compliant CAPA Process

5 Steps to a Compliant CAPA Process

Roxane Napoli, Marketing Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

The Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) process is a requirement for compliance as well as a trigger for continuous improvement activities throughout your quality system. Complying with CAPA requirements and maintaining a reliable CAPA process is a challenge for many Life Sciences organizations. Let’s focus on 5 improvements that will help your organization create a reliable and compliant CAPA process. (more…)

The Pursuit of Zero Waste: Continuous Improvement to Drive Quality

The Pursuit of Zero Waste: Continuous Improvement to Drive Quality

Kevin Lee, Industry Solutions Consultant, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

Quality Challenges Create Waste

In a perfect world, all products are designed and manufactured to 100% of their design specifications; all people are trained and certified; and, all equipment is properly maintained and calibrated. All incoming supplies are used in the manufacturing processes, and there are zero deviations or defects. This nirvana product paradise does not exist in our world. (more…)

5 Speed Bumps You Must Negotiate on the Road to Rapid EQMS Deployment

5 Speed Bumps You Must Negotiate on the Road to Rapid EQMS Deployment

Rob Harrison, Research Analyst, LNS Research

When an organization has determined a quality process improvement imperative and resolved to take a time-sensitive course of action by harnessing technology in the form of EQMS, there are critical elements that must be considered to ensure success. These elements relate specifically to meeting the timeline demands while guaranteeing the solution delivers the correct functionality in a secure and responsive manner without compromising user adoption and potential for improvement and expansion. (more…)

5 Quality Management Software Lessons You Can Learn from Superheroes

5 Quality Management Software Lessons You Can Learn from Superheroes

Adonna Blasko, Marketing Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

Superheroes give us an escape from everyday life and embody qualities to which we’re supposed to aspire. Though fictional, superheroes transport us to another world and can motivate us mere mortals to be more considerate of one another. They also have the power to convince us to open up our wallets for various movies, memorabilia, or miscellaneous merchandise. But at their core, they can also teach us some great life lessons, and even some that correlate directly to quality management. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at 5 quality management software lessons sourced from a variety of superheroes. (more…)

Medical Device Single-Audit Pilot: Will it Fly?

Medical Device Single-Audit Pilot: Will it Fly?

Sandy Carson Hessen, Marketing Communications Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

We’ve all seen them. Some flop, some fly. Television Pilots — stand-alone episodes of television series used to sell shows to the networks by gauging whether a series will be successful. After seeing this sample of the proposed program, networks then determine whether the expense of additional episodes is justified.

There’s another type of pilot airing right now in the Medical Device industry, and the purpose is similar. (more…)

Supply Chain Management Is a Big Target for the FDA

Mark Crawford

According to Alan Schwartz of mdi Consultants Inc., a former supervisor of field operations for the FDA, supply chain oversight is the FDA’s next big area of concern.

About a year ago the FDA indicated plans to expand its enforcement reach over foreign device suppliers through consent decrees. The FDA also asked manufacturers and importers to assume a bigger role in managing their supply chains. An FDA spokesperson, compliance officer Carmelo Rosa, further stated that “currently the agency only has authority to establish import alerts for foreign companies with good manufacturing practice violations, but is looking at other options.” (more…)