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    WHO Revises Guidance on QMS Requirements for National Inspectorates

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its guidance on quality system requirements for national good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspectorates to align with international standards and the latest quality management system (QMS) principles and to expand the document’s scope. The guidance outlines what a QMS is, what it should do for an inspectorate and how it should help senior management better achieve their targets and quality objectives. “Senior management’s...
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    Experts Tell Device Companies Not to Fret Over QMS Transition

    Ahead of the proposed shift away from the current US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quality management system (QMS) CFR 21 Part 820 regulation toward ISO 13485:2016, a new white paper sheds light on how the action will impact medical device development. The white paper identified three interrelated principles that will define the direction of the agency’s process, which has yet to be clearly defined, after the transition . These principles relate to the concept of ...
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    WHO Consults on QMS Guideline for Regulators

    The World Health Organization (WHO) in January released for consultation a draft of its upcoming guideline on implementing quality management systems (QMS) for national regulatory authorities (NRAs).   Specifically, the 96-page draft guideline is meant to fill the gaps for NRAs looking to implement a QMS based on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems – Requirements standard, as other existing QMS guidelines do n...
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    Preparing for and Managing FDA Inspections

    The article discusses best practices for a manufacturer to stay 'inspection ready' on a day-to-day basis with a focus on how to prepare for and successfully manage FDA inspections from start to finish. Introduction For pharmaceutical manufacturers, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspections are an occasional part of being in business and perhaps a fact-of-life. While FDA is required to inspect drug manufacturing facilities every two years, the agency is also au...
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    New ISO 13485: Device Companies Have Three Years to Transition

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) late last month released its long-awaited revision to ISO 13485, the global standard for medical device quality management systems (QMS), which replaces the previous version from 2003. The new revision places a greater emphasis on QMS throughout the supply chain and product lifecycle, as well as device usability and postmarket surveillance requirements. Over the next three years, ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 13485:2016 ...
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    IMDRF Proposes QMS Principles for Software as a Medical Device

    In recent years, general-purpose devices such as personal computers, smartphones and wearables have enabled the proliferation of “software as a medical device” (SaMD) products. The International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) is considering a new document that explores how quality management system (QMS) principles can apply to software as a medical device (SaMD) development. Background IMDRF was formed in 2011 to “accelerate international medical device reg...
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    With Eye on Improving Quality, Indian Regulator gets First ISO Certification

    India’s regulatory authority has announced that one of its offices has become the first in the country to become certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In a press release, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) said that its Ahmedabad office received ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system (QMS) on 16 February 2015. Background ISO 9001 is a set of standards for QMS in organizations where it is imp...
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    Public Comment Period Opens on ISO 9001, Major Device Quality Standard

    The International Standards Organization (ISO), an international group whose standards are widely used in the life sciences industry, has finally released a draft of its latest iteration of the ISO 9001 standard for public consultation. Background The standard, which covers Quality Management Systems (QMS), undergoes  a revision process once every five years, and was last updated in 2008 (ISO 9001:2008). The ISO 9001 standard is used extensively throughout the medical...
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    Creating a Culture of Compliance

    In an environment where medical product regulations seem to be expanding continuously, proportional investment in compliance infrastructure and controls runs the risk of diminishing returns. The key to achieving the right balance of commercial success and compliance is to focus on continuous improvement, specifically root-cause analysis. This focus creates a culture that views compliance as a positive, critically important part of the business. In fact, a recent study sho...
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    Seeing the Bigger Audit Picture with an Enterprise Quality Management System

    If you ever want to watch a lively debate, bring together three groups-Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) auditors-and tell them to find common ground for their processes so they can coexist in the same system. They will look at one another's processes and find things that are totally foreign, and conclude that they cannot do it. You know what? They are right. GLP auditors are responsible for assuring the qu...
  • GHTF Proposes New Harmonization of Medical Device Audits

    The Global Harmonization Task Force ( GHTF ), a medical device-focused regulatory harmonization organization which counts among its members many of the world's top regulatory agencies, announced a new proposed medical device standard aimed at introducing a grading system to be used during regulatory audits by regulatory authorities and auditing organizations. The proposed document, SG3(PD)/N19: Quality Management System - Medical Devices - Nonconformity Grading System ...