Understanding the calibration curve

To get an understanding of instrument calibration, we can think of it as being an essential phase in most measurement procedures. The calibration curve is a set of operations with which the relationship between the outputs of the measurement system (for example, the response of an instrument) and the accepted values of the calibration standards […]

Technical file vs design dossier

One of the important points that a medical device professional encounters is this: the technical file vs design dossier. The reason for the confusion about these two is that there are different names of the same concept and vary according to the class of device and the Notified Body that approves it. This is what […]

Supplier quality audit training

Most medical device companies have auditors that assess the quality of the product from the supplier. This is the supplier quality audit. Supplier quality audit training is the training that is needed to be qualified to assess the quality of a product from the supplier. Auditors, regardless of whether they are from inside the organization […]

Supplier qualification program

In the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries, a sound supplier qualification program is a must. It is an indispensable element of their very reputation. Many pharmaceutical organizations contract several of their manufacturing processes or even products to third parties. For this reason, the FDA considers the supplier as a logical extension of the manufacturer. In […]

SOX compliance training

SOX compliance training is a new requirement that publicly held companies and other CPA’s have to comply with. The SOX Act (Sarbanes Oxley Act) was a landmark legislation passed by the Congress in 2002. The primary purpose of this Act was to bring about greater accountability among businesses, especially publicly held companies and their auditors. […]

Software vendor qualification

Since many of the present generation’s medical devices are run by software; a practical approach is to have this software validated. This validation, also known as software vendor qualification, is a means to ensuring that the software, the heart of the medical device, is compliant with set standards. The principles of this qualification are set […]

Quality by Design (QBD) and analytical methods

Quality by Design (QBD) and analytical methods have come into focus because of an inherent limitation in the guideline used for validation of analytical methods. The International Conference on Harmonization (ICH)’s Q2 guideline, Validation of Analytical Procedures: Text and Methodology serves as the guiding document for validation of analytical methods for pharmaceutical products. Since the […]

Process validation for medical devices

The FDA introduced the idea of process validation for medical devices with the idea of improving the quality of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. From its rudimentary form that was conceived in 1987, process validation for medical devices has undergone changes to accommodate more types of devices and more processes into the validation. Why is process […]

Pharmacovigilance signaling

Pharmacovigilance signaling is an important aspect of pharmacovigilance. In simple terms, it is the detection of a new safety finding within a set of safety data which requires further investigation. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines pharmacovigilance signaling thus: ““reported information on a possible causal association between an adverse event and a drug, the relationship […]

Pharmaceutical production batch record review

We can understand pharmaceutical production batch record review as meaning the controls and processes that pharmaceutical organizations have to build into the batch records of pharmaceutical products they manufacture. This is a means to ensuring that products meet compliance standards and are easy to detect whenever a problem arises from a sample in the batch […]