EMMA International is a leading FDA compliance consulting firm. We provide cost-effective solutions for FDA regulatory affairs, compliance services, quality systems, remediation, regulatory filings and submissions. Our expertise includes medical devices, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
EMMA International always prioritizes their clients’ needs and believes that their clients’ success is the firm’s success.
A Holistic Approach
EMMA International always takes a holistic approach to engagements with a strong emphasis on their FDA expertise. Beyond solving the immediate short-term challenges, we consider other hidden or future issues.
EMMA International’s in-house team fully integrates with the client’s stakeholders ensuring a close partnership and seamless management of the client’s most complex challenges.
Before the submission of a 510(k) premarket notification, the purpose of which is to notify the FDA of the manufacturer’s intent to market a medical device,[i] there is a provision for acceptance review. This review serves as a method to assess whether a submission is administratively complete and includes all necessary information for FDA to determine substantial equivalence under section 513(i) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act (21 United States Code (U.S.C.) § 360c(i)). To establish substantial equivalence under this provision, FDA must find the same intended use as the predicate device and either have the same technological characteristics as the predicate device or appropriate clinical and scientific data necessary to establish that the device is safe and effective as the predicate device. If the Authority is unable to determine substantial equivalence due to insufficient information, it may request for additional information to make that determination. Therefore, as a part of the acceptance review, the FDA staff follows the acceptance checklist[ii] to ensure that the application is administratively complete. These administrative elements are identified as RTA items and are required to be presented. The purpose of conducting the acceptance review is for the Lead Reviewer to determine whether the 510(k) submission meets the minimum threshold of acceptability and should be accepted for substantive review.[iii]
Last week, I touched on the idea of involving and empowering all employees in the workplace through the corrective and preventive actions process by fostering taking initiative and a problem-solving (refer to blogpost ‘The Art of Addressing Non-Conformances in Operations’). To expand on this concept a bit further, we’re going to be looking at Kaizen–a continuous improvement strategy in which employees at all levels are also empowered to solve problems towards big gains.
The pandemic has been a challenging time for all industries including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA had to alter the manner in which it conducted its operations. One set of tools adopted by the FDA in response to COVID-19 was the remote regulatory assessment (RRAs).
At one point or another, you likely took care of a non-conformance within your operations. Non-conformances in quality management are deviations from a specification, standard, or expectation. For example, a primary packaging label with illegible print or an out of specification quality control measurement.
E.M.M.A. International met the tough challenge of replacing a less than robust ISO 9001 system and developing / implementing an integrated Quality Management System. New Concept Technology was recently certified to ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 13485, at both our US and Mexico facilities, based on our new integrated QMS.
New Concept Technology, Inc.
EMMA International is truly an industry expert and has patiently worked with us by assisting us in gaining a better understanding of FDA guidance and requirements.... This has dramatically improved our confidence in this area. They also assisted us with multiple other projects such as supplier agreements and product labeling. They have been a pleasure to work with. EMMA International understands the needs and constraints of a new small business which we found to be very unique.
Nancy C Stamps
It’s hard to find a company you can trust. E.M.M.A. International Consulting Group Inc. was recommended to me by a friend, and now I know why – the quality of service I received was outstanding. We now have a world-class quality system.
Director of Corporate Advancement,
Our engagement of E.M.M.A. International Consulting Group was a pleasant departure from my experience of a typical consulting relationship. Carmine and I worked together to set the goals, timetable and budget for the project early on. He kept me apprised of our progress on a regular basis and there were no surprises. We accomplished our goals on time and on budget.
Premiere Packaging Inc.
Carmine is one of the best in the Industry for Quality and Compliance in the Medical field. He is extremely knowledgeable with Quality and FDA procedures and has successfully implemented projects helping businesses with their challenges and pain points. I am highly impressed with his operational skills and his ability to integrate quality standards with improved methodology and efficiencies.
Yoel Yohan Partner
Author of "The Corporate Drain",
The Progress Group