Understanding supplier management for medical devices

The problem with a supplier management program lies in the fact that the FDA audits suppliers only for finished devices. Because of this, manufacturers need to have a high degree of control over them. So, where is the problem? It lies in the FDA’s interpretation of these expectations. This keeps changing from time to time. […]

Verification vs validation is a key understanding for regulatory professionals

For regulatory professionals, aspects of verification and validation, such as how to get verification and validation right, and an understanding of the ways in which verification and validation diverge from each other and converge, make up very important learning. The key point is that verification and validation should be risk based and be built keeping […]

Maximizing profits and patient outcomes during times of dwindling reimbursements

Shrinking professional services reimbursements from all insurance companies is a fact that all practices are facing. With patient footfalls falling and operating costs skyrocketing; there is a need for everyone to look at ways by which to generate additional revenue opportunities with their existing patient base and at the same time, maximize patient clinical outcomes. […]

Implementing the 510 (K) correctly in compliance with the latest proposed FDA changes

A 510(K) is a premarket submission made to FDA to demonstrate that a device to be marketed is at least as safe and effective, meaning that which is substantially equivalent, to a legally marketed device that is not subject to premarket approval (PMA). There are three types of Premarket Notification 510(K)’s that may be submitted […]

Applied Statistics for product and process evaluation in design and manufacturing

Evaluating product and processes is an imperative for almost all design and/or manufacturing companies. These are the reasons for which this evaluation needs to be made: Managing risks Validation of processes Establishing product/process specifications to QC to such specifications Monitoring compliance to such specifications Lack of proper and thorough grasp of and correct implementation of […]