World Quality Day: COVID-19 Accelerates Push for Quality Maturity in Life Sciences

COVID-19 Quality Supply Chains FDA

COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to quality and supply chain management within the life sciences industry. Drug shortages caused by unprecedented supply and demand pressures continue to be significant challenges for many life sciences companies today and for the general public at large as the pandemic continues to escalate.


The Fragile State of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chains in the US


According to a recent report by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), the US domestic pharmaceutical supply chain remains in a state of heightened vulnerability, with almost three quarters of the critical drugs required to treat COVID-19 patients facing significant shortages. The current shortages have brought quality management into the spotlight for many life science organizations and have tightened the focus on issues of quality maturity across the larger pharmaceutical manufacturing value chain.

Beyond supply chain disruption, additional factors including implementation of new public health safety protocols, … Read more...

3 Ways MDSAP Improves Audit Effectiveness


What is the MDSAP program?
In Singapore in 2012, the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) began development of a Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP). MDSAP allows approved auditing organizations to conduct a single regulatory audit of a medical device manufacturer. This single audit expands the scope of the audit to previously unaudited areas of large organizations, standardizes a consistent auditing model, and replaces as many as five separate . It also satisfies the regulatory requirements of the authorities participating in the program – even ISO 13485:2016. MDSAP focuses on defined and linked processes and is based on requirements for risk management. The goals of MDSAP are:

  1. to improve audit effectiveness and the influence the audit can have on outcomes that improve patient safety, and
  2. to reduce the resource demands on both regulatory bodies and auditees in organizations having to comply with a variety of global standards and .
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Four Reasons Why Life Sciences Organizations Are Moving Their QMS to the Cloud

Life sciences organizations, including pharmaceuticals, and medical device manufacturers, constantly look for ways to reduce risk, increase patient safety, and achieve operational excellence. To be successful in these three areas, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing companies need to have robust management systems in place. This is even more critical than in other industries where the breadth of regulatory requirements is not as vast.

Transforming their QMS to the cloud can help them achieve these strategic objectives. Along this digital transformation journey, software validation can be a challenge with varying degrees of intricacy across organizations. Causes can range from lack of experience and expertise to the complexity of internal and external stakeholders involved. Ultimately, no one wants to receive a 483 from the FDA due to noncompliance with 21 CFR 11, which will put an organization in a bind and ultimately impact patient safety.

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