Getting design controls right is absolutely essential for medical device companies

Design Controls are absolutely essential for ensuring the safe and effective production of medical devices. The FDA too considers design Controls a critical process. Yet, design controls are among the most frequently cited areas for 483 and Warning Letter observations from the FDA. Although intrinsic quality, safety, and effectiveness of a device are known to be established during the design phase; a significant percentage of all medical device recalls are due to design problems, as statistics show.

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The implications of poor design of medical devices controls are quite obvious:

  • They account for a significant number of recalls
  • Design issues can result in complaints and medical device reports
  • Design issues can even create manufacturability issues such as low yields and excessive scrap and rework, for companies.

Get an understanding of the solutions and the ways of implementing them

So, the solution to this problem is to find and fix issues early on in the design process. This is a much more effective and inexpensive alternative to fixing problems for products already in production.

The ways of ensuring a trouble-free design control process will be taught at a seminar being organized by GlobalCompliancePanel, a highly regarded provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas.

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The Director at this seminar is Susanne Manz, an accomplished leader in the medical device industry, who emphasizes quality, compliance, and Six Sigma and brings extensive background in quality and compliance for medical devices from new product development, to operations, to post-market activities. Please visit http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900629SEMINAR to enroll for this seminar.

A valuable all-round learning session

Susanne will help participants understand and develop design controls processes and tools that are compliant with the regulatory requirements and are a competitive strength for their organizations. She will help them learn from past issues and improve their next generations of product.

She will help participants understand the requirements for design controls and how to translate them into an efficient and effective process for their organizations. She will start with the history and requirements for design controls. She will then move on to a discussion of the requirements and tools in detail. This seminar will include exercises to help participants practice and improve their design control process.

The following areas will be covered at this seminar:

  • Expectations
  • Regulations
  • Process
  • Lessons Learned
  • Myths
  • Challenges
  • Best Practices
  • Inspection Readiness.

Ways of conducting a hassle-free internal and supplier audit for medical devices

Carrying out efficient and effective internal and supplier audits that meet all the requirements of external auditors is a must for medical device manufacturers. These audits should not only serve this purpose; they should also add value to the medical device organization.

Part of both ISO 13485 and QMS

Internal audits are required as part of ISO 13485 and the FDA’s Quality System Regulation (QMS). However, these procedures are quite complicated for many professionals in the medical device industry.  They are often confusing and cumbersome, mainly because of the jargon and regulatory language they contain. Many organizations find it difficult to get the import of these words while wading through them all the way to a successful internal audit.

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A tad complicated

Another couple of complicating factors come into play: Since the FDA does not look at the content of internal audits; many medical device organizations do not get feedback on the true effectiveness of their internal audit system from the FDA during the time of FDA inspections.

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Secondly, while on the other hand ISO 13485 auditors do look at internal audits; they are most concerned with the process. For them, a proper definition of a process that meets the requirements of the standard and the assurance that the company is following these are more important than anything else.

Auditor training is necessary

Both these regulations require that the medical device manufacturer define Auditor training. But there is a catch, because auditor training sometimes just requires reading the company’s procedure, while most external auditors will look for more than this.

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How does a medical device company extricate itself out of this quagmire? The solution to all these vexing questions will be offered at a two-day seminar from GlobalCompliancePanel, a globally known provider of regulatory compliance trainings.

At this seminar to enroll for which you need to just log on to http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900601SEMINAR; the Director, Betty Lane, who is Founder and President, Be Quality Associates, LLC, will explain all the issues relating to these aspects of external and internal supplier audits, in a way that is comprehensible and easy to implement.

In the process of explaining what makes for efficient and effective internal and supplier quality systems auditing for medical devices; she will also offer an explanation of best practices for creating and managing a value-added auditing process that will meet both company business needs and regulatory requirements.

At this seminar, which has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion; Betty will get participants to review all the quality management system requirements of FDA and ISO 13485 and then allow them to learn how to set up and manage an audit system that complies with these requirements, yet is risk-based so that their organization makes the most efficient use of auditing resources for both internal and supplier audits.

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She will also include interactive exercises at this two-day session, which will help to strengthen the fundamentals of conducting and documenting quality system audits. The auditing principles taught in this seminar will be based on ISO 19011:2011 Guidelines for auditing management systems.

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).

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There are three types of Premarket Notification 510(K)’s that may be submitted to FDA: Traditional, Special, and Abbreviated. Product modifications that could significantly affect safety and effectiveness are subject to 510(K) submission requirements under 21 CFR 807 as well as design control requirements under the Quality System (QS) regulation. Under the QS regulation, all Class II and III devices and certain Class I devices are required to be designed in conformance with 21 CFR 820.30 Design Controls. The FDA provides guidance on these.

Needed: A thorough understanding of these aspects and the FDA’s latest proposed changes

In accordance with the concern evinced by many industry groups and associations, the FDA introduced as many as 60 proposals in August 2010, into the manner in which the 510 (K) process could be expedited. This was done with the intention of accelerating the speed at which newly approved medical devices could be made available to patients across the country. However, with the number of proposals being too many and their scope being too wide; the medical industry suggested that the FDA select for implementation only those proposals that enjoyed the broad consensus of the stakeholders, such as increased reviewer training, development of specific and relevant guidance documents, and enhancements or improvements to the de novo review pathway, among other suggestions.

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An upcoming seminar by GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance industries, will clarify on these areas taken up for immediate change by the FDA and place them in the right context. It will address key resources when making critical decisions. This seminar will offer important insights into the core areas of premarket notifications, as well as the Design Control requirements under QS regulations and Design Controls.

To enroll for this seminar, just log on to http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900527SEMINAR.

The Director at this seminar is David R. Dills, a senior Regulatory Affairs & Compliance Consultant. David provides regulatory, compliance and quality consultative services for medical device and pharmaceutical/combination manufacturers, and also has an accomplished record with more than 24 years of experience with Class I/II/III medical devices, In Vitro diagnostics, and pharmaceuticals in the areas of Regulatory Affairs, Compliance and Quality Systems.

An understanding of the core elements of the PMA

At this seminar, David will help participants understand how medical device manufacturers can locate a “predicate” device and go through the content and format of the 510(K), and offer an understanding of the De Novo process and the expectations for possibly marketing a low risk device, and the potential impact of FDA’s proposed changes to the 510(K) process and why manufacturers need to pay attention to these.

He will also offer understanding of all the crucial aspects of the PMA, such as the differences between the Traditional, Special and Abbreviated submissions, an understanding of the Substantial Equivalence and how it is applied, who is required to submit the application to FDA, where to submit the 510(K) and what to expect with the review and approval process, when a device company requires this process and when it does not, the applicable exemptions to the submission process and special considerations, and so on.

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

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Lack of proper and thorough grasp of and correct implementation of statistical methods leads a company to having to face significant increases in its complaint rates, scrap rates, and time-to-market. As a result, such companies churn out poor quality in their products, leading to lowered customer satisfaction levels, severely impacting their bottom line.

A learning session to help understand statistical methods

In order to help professionals in process and manufacturing meet challenges associated with statistical methods with greater confidence, GlobalCompliancePanel, a highly reputable provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas, is organizing a highly educative two-day seminar on the topic, “Applied Statistics, with Emphasis on Verification, Validation, and Risk Management, in R&D, Manufacturing, and QA/QC”.

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John N. Zorich, Statistical Consultant & Trainer, Ohlone College & SV Polytechnic, will be the Director at this seminar, which has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

To enroll for this seminar, participants can log on to http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900537SEMINAR.

Hands on approach to statistical methods toolbox

The aim of this seminar is to offer a hands-on approach by which the participants could comprehend the ways to interpret and use a standard tool-box of statistical methods that consist of confidence intervals, t-tests, Normal K-tables, Normality tests, confidence/reliability calculations, AQL sampling plans, measurement equipment analysis, and Statistical Process Control.

The Director will equip the seminar delegates with clarity on how to accurately employ and administer statistical methods, which can be used as a launchpad for introducing new products.

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This two-day session will help participants understand the proper way of avoiding issues relating to these aspects of statistical methods. John will explain how to apply statistics to manage risk in R&D, QA/QC, and Manufacturing by giving real life examples derived mainly from the medical device design/manufacturing industry.

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John will cover the following areas at this seminar:

  • FDA, ISO 9001/13485, and MDD requirements related to statistical methods
  • How to apply statistical methods to manage product-related risks to patient, doctor, and the designing/manufacturing company
  • Design Control processes (verification, validation, risk management, design input)
  • QA/QC processes (sampling plans, monitoring of validated processes, setting of QC specifications, evaluation of measurement equipment)
  • Manufacturing processes (process validation, equipment qualification).

New Way of Exploring Economic Environment

Lineament analysis in geological exploration

The existence of efficient and cost-effective methods that help to identify prospective targets that are related to or are influenced by tectonic structures is not common knowledge among professionals in the field of geological exploration.

The right sampling and Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) procedures are essential in all aspects of the mineral deposit evaluation process to achieve the best possible confidence in resultant mineral resource and reserve estimates.

Getting Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures and protocols right is crucial

Accurate and proper QA and QC procedures and protocols are essential to ensure that data collected and created by the mining organization is of a high level of quality and is in compliance with CIM Standards and Guidelines. Geological quality control procedures are meant to monitor precision and accuracy of the assay data, as well as possible sample contamination during sample preparation and assaying. The quality of the data used determines the quality of an estimate.

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To offer a complete understanding of this concept, GlobalCompliancePanel, a reputable provider of professional trainings for all areas of regulatory compliance, will be organizing a two-day, live seminar. Please visit http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900719SEMINAR?new-economic-environment-Boston-MA.

The Director of this seminar, Ricardo Valls, will introduce to the participants a methodology that will help them to concentrate their exploration efforts even over new areas with limited or nonexistent geological information, while keeping their budget in check.

The centrality of QA&QC procedures

Ricardo will explain how lineament and satellite interpretation are a way to define where to concentrate exploration efforts, as well as how to implement QA&QC procedures to guarantee the quality of the collected data. This is necessary, considering that compliance with the industry-established QA/QC is no longer an option, but a necessity for all the companies to implement, especially those that trade in the markets. Quality assurance is essentially the management system that operates to ensure credible results. The prime objective of the field QA program is to maximize accuracy by reducing introduced variability.

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The learning will be gleaned from a quality assurance program that the Director has implemented for the field sampling procedures. This includes collection, labeling, and shipping components. The quality control component of this system is a set of activities intended to control the quality of the data from collection through to analysis. It consists of day-to-day activities such as:

  • The adherence to written protocols; up-to-date and suitable training of personnel
  • The use of reliable laboratories with excellent QA&QC systems in place
  • The regular use of quality control (QC) samples (blanks, standard samples, and field duplicates)
  • Diligent record keeping.

Ricardo will cover the following areas at this seminar:

  • History of the problem, why we need to change the current approach
  • Lineament analysis
  • Lineament analysis and satellite interpretation of data
  • Physical modeling (3D strain analysis and 3D stress analysis)
  • Statistical procedures (Compositional data analysis, correlation analysis, principal component and other methods)
  • Defining a QA/QC program, Blanks, duplicates, standards, external controls
  • Procedures and audits
  • Rock naming in the field
  • Conclusions and recommendations.

Developing Documents and Records to meet the Requirement of ISO 17025

The major challenge for most laboratories is having to develop and implement a functional Quality Management System (QMS) that not only complies with the management and technical requirements of the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard, but also meets the laboratory’s needs. This is why QMS is considered the soul of the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard.

A highly meaningful and valuable learning session on how to accomplish this is being organized by GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the areas of regulatory compliance. The Director at this two-day seminar is Michael Brodsky, President of Brodsky Consultants and a Past President of the Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA), The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and AOAC International. To enroll for this seminar, please log on to

http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900445SEMINAR?developing-documents-records-SFO. This seminar has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

Compliance with ISO is a core requirement

A QMS that complies with the management and technical requirements of the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard is the core criterion for accreditation, as well as the backbone of this standard. Michael will familiarize participants with how with how laboratories can accomplish this in depth.

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The Quality System Manual (QMS) is indispensable in a QMS environment because, much like its predecessor –Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) –it contains the policies that the laboratory is expected to follow to achieve Quality results. However, it is only the “what to do” component of a QMS. What laboratories also need are the “how to do it” or procedures and methods, and equally importantly, the controls or evidence that it was done properly. These are the critical requirements that documentation has to address, and are what this seminar will cover.

Doesn’t end with accreditation

Achieving accreditation is only half the job done, because once this has been done, the tougher part –that of maintaining the QMS –begins. The high number of non-conformances cited during the subsequent biannual audits is proof of this fact. This seminar will explain how to maintain the QMS in the long run to the satisfaction of regulatory authorities, as well as to meet the laboratory’s needs.

Those in Laboratory Management/Supervision, Laboratory Quality Development, Laboratory Quality Management,  Laboratory Quality Control and Analytical support need to ask critical questions at the time of embarking on the process of developing documents and records that meet the requirements of ISO 17025, such as:

  • Why should we want to become accredited?
  • Where do we start?
  • If our laboratory is already accredited, how do we ensure staff adherence and ongoing compliance to minimize corrective actions arising from accreditation audits?

Michael will help participants at this seminar develop the critical thinking that is essential for developing documents and records in compliance with ISO 17025.

Preparing for an ISO 13485 audit

Being the current standard for medical devices; the ISO 13485 prescribes a set of standards that are to be implemented by manufacturers of medical devices. The aim of ISO 13485 is to ensure that medical devices meet the prescribed quality standards. This standard was conceived with the intention of making medical device manufacturers understand ways by which to establish a medical device risk management process.

Implementation needs proper training

Implementation of the ISO 13485 needs expert knowledge. Medical device organizations that need to implement it need to have trained staff, which needs to be aware of what to do when they are approached by an auditor. They should also know what documentation must be completed, kept up-to-date, and be made available, so that the organization can avoid major and minor findings. In addition, they should also be thoroughly aware of the issues that auditors constantly look for. They need to also be knowledgeable about the new updated standard.

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Get trained on how to prepare

To make medical device professionals that face an ISO audit familiar with the dynamics of an ISO audit and to acquaint them with what it takes to be prepared for one when it happens, GlobalCompliancePanel, a globally known provider of professional trainings for the areas of regulatory compliance, will be organizing a two-day, in person seminar.

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To enroll for this seminar and to get a thorough understanding of the ways by which to implement ISO 13485, just log on to http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900708.

The Director at this seminar, Jason Teliszczak, who is CEO/Founder, JT Environmental Consulting, will give a complete understanding of how to prepare for an ISO audit in a manner that helps organizations defend their actions with the auditors and to avoid a number of errors and goof-ups that could result in harsh actions. In taking a detailed look at each section of the standard; Jason will let participants understand the core elements of an ISO audit.

He will offer real world examples of what to expect, and what to prepare and repeal within the audit guidelines, the ways of ensuring a compliant documentation system, infrastructure maintenance, PPE, ensuring quality by the judicious use of materials, ways of choosing suppliers and vendors, ways of going about an internal audit, and the role of management in certification.