SOPs Posts

Document Management in the Quality Fold: What You Should Know

Document Management in the Quality Fold: What You Should Know

Sandy Carson Hessen, Marketing Communications Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions

If you work in the Quality arena, you probably know that the effectiveness of a Quality Management System (QMS) relies extensively upon enterprise-wide collaboration and begins with a solid process for managing important documents, like standard operating procedures. But as rapidly as business and its processes evolve these days, many organizations struggle to stay current in a sea of change. So it’s not surprising that document management remains at the very top of quality management processes being automated within the highly regulated Life Sciences space. (more…)

Clinical Trials Guidance: Q&A with Patrick Stone

Mark Crawford

Patrick Stone is president and lead consultant for TradeStone QA LLC in Austin, Texas (www.tradestoneqa.com). A strong advocate for human subject protection, his specialties include bioresearch monitoring in human clinical and pre-clinical trials. The following interview focuses on the FDA and clinical trials. (more…)

SOPs: What You Need to Know

Mark Crawford

According to the FDA, the problem cited in 60 percent of all warning letters is SOP—standard operating procedures.

That’s actually a good thing because it is relatively straightforward (but not always easy) to fix SOPs. Identifying them is one thing—they also need to be concise, clearly written, well-communicated, monitored, and enforced. Taking the time to meet or exceed FDA SOP expectations will not only bring you into compliance but also improve operations and productivity in every department—leading to higher quality, improved profits, lower costs, faster delivery to market, and improved customer satisfaction. (more…)

Quality and Safety Systems Need to Break Out of their Shells

The Senate reconvened this month with a very important bill on its plate – the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510). With the recall of more than 550 million eggs and over 1,500 people sickened from salmonella fresh on their minds, this bill couldn’t be served up at a better time. Many of the backers of this bill feel strongly that this could have prevented or at least minimized the outbreak, and are hopeful that it will “solve” all potential future outbreaks. However, the 483 violations found at the two facilities were mostly facility-focused and clear violations of the Salmonella Prevention Plan. While the FDA has focused on the state of the facility’s environment, where is the focus on the quality and safety systems that are supposed to be in place at the company to prevent it from becoming a national crisis? As food safety issues continue to grow, regardless of whether S.510 is passed or not, manufacturers need to take control of their quality and safety issues in-house to prevent such disasters.  (more…)

The FDA Devotes Almost Half of its Staff to Product Regulation – Shouldn’t They Eat Their Own Dog Food?

Compliance and Quality management is crucial issue for almost any business, large or small. No matter what medical product your company manufactures or services, it’s a virtual certainty that you are beholden to an array of different regulations, both internal and from the FDA such as cGMP quality systems. Ensuring that your company remains in compliance with these regulations and proving the quality and safety of products and services at all times is something that can’t be left to chance. (more…)