Water System Validation in Pharmaceuticals Industry 2017

  Overview: This course is designed to provide a microbiology-focused education about all aspects of water systems and how biofilm manages to thrive there. Prior microbiological education or training, though a plus, is not a requirement because engineers and other non-biologists also need this training if they are involved with any aspect of water systems. […]

Statistics for the Non-Statistician: Is it necessary?

Statistics for the non-statistician: Isn’t this some kind of a contradiction in terms? Why does a non-statistician need to rake his head over statistics? Is statistics a life skill or a lifesaving one? If it is not, why is statistics for the non-statistician necessary? At first glance, statistics for the non-statistician may appear unnecessary and […]

Management for Medical Device Industry

  A look at these gigantic figures perhaps gives some perspective of the importance of document management for the medical device industry: The US total market for medical devices is valued at over $110 billion annually. It makes up nearly two fifths of the global market, and is expected to grow by over 20 percent […]

Management systems should be expansive and versatile

Management systems should be expansive and versatile, as having such a system makes sense for organizations. A management system is a mechanism that helps streamline an organization’s day to day functioning without hassles. It should put the organization on the path it chooses to take by putting in place a set of documents that is […]

HIPAA survival needs intimate knowledge of the nuances of the law

HIPAA survival is one of the great challenges for a healthcare entity. HIPAA audits are complex, and they need understanding of the jargon and the semantics of the words mentioned in the document to survive. Both the Covered Entity and the Business Associate need to know exactly what to do in order to pass a […]

Compliance for medical devices is a very expansive area for manufacturers of medical devices

Compliance for medical devices is a very broad and vast topic. When one talks of compliance for medical devices, one needs to keep in mind the various regulations that the FDA has put in place for manufacturers of medical devices to comply with. The FDA requires strict compliance with its laws and requirements because it […]

ISO 14971: 2012 and IEC 62304: 2006 mitigate risks in medical device software

ISO 14971:2012 and IEC 62304:2006 are related but different global standards for risk management pertaining to software used in medical devices. Judicious application of these two standards is the way to go for medical device companies. ISO 14971 and IEC 62304:2006 are global standards that govern risk management and lay out regulations and guidelines for […]

Regulatory Filing Requirements for medical devices in Japan

  Japan is the world’s third largest market for medical devices, after the US and Europe. Ironically, many of the world’s medical device manufacturers find language barriers for communicating with Japanese regulatory authorities a greater barrier than passing through the regulatory maze! The regulatory filing requirements for medical devices in Japan are relatively less complex […]

Dealing with medical device reporting and recalls

Medical device reporting and recalls have enormous benefits for the medical device company and the public if implemented properly. They can prevent use of defective devices and can be an important inoculation against stringent FDA actions. Medical device reporting and recalls are a major FDA activity. Medical device companies have clear instructions on how to […]

HIPAA Security Rule

Though short in length,HIPAA Security Rule principles are well defined in some areas, but vague in some others, making implementation of these areas difficult. HIPAA Security Rules are an offshoot of the Privacy Rule. While Privacy Rule concerns itself with Protected Health Information (PHI) in general, the HIPAA Security Rule (SR) concerns itself specifically with […]