Regulatory

The End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

The End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

After over 3 years, the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) will end on May 11, 2023, the Biden Administration announced last week.1After 3.5 years of the modified policy to allow for amore efficient path for COVID-19-related medical products to get to market, this begs the question of how it will impact the MedTech world.

Process Validation

Process Validation

All right, you have just gotten all of your paperwork together, submitted the right forms to the right people, set up your factory, hired and trained your staff; now it’s time to make the medical devices. The regulatory nonsense is over and done, right?

The Role of Management in Product Quality

The Role of Management in Product Quality

Depending on the factory, some production employees may find it surprising that management has an important role to play in a quality system.  21 CFR 820.20 mandates that “Management with executive responsibility shall establish objectives for, and commitment to, quality”.[1]  The Federal Government expects that management takes an active interest in improving the output of their company, at least in the case of medical device manufacturers.

Corrective and Preventive Action

Corrective and Preventive Action

In addition to helping manufacturers make better products, corrective and preventive actions are important because the process is legally required by the FDA when making medical devices for the US market.

Managing Risks

Managing Risks

All of life entails some about of risk. The most humans can really do is mitigate the destructive effects of these risks that we take on a daily basis., the same goes with medical devices.

The Significance of Design Controls

The Significance of Design Controls

In the 1980s, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) studied the causes of voluntary recalls of medical devices. Between October 1983 and September 1989, they found that about forty-four percent of these recalls were due to design issues.

Paperwork: The Necessary Evil

Paperwork: The Necessary Evil

No one genuinely enjoys doing paperwork. At best, people may dislike paperwork less than other parts of their jobs. Yet the FDA requires a certain amount of paperwork to document processes and results for the medical devices under their jurisdiction

Product Failures and Root Cause Analysis

Product Failures and Root Cause Analysis

In one’s personal life, many people just shrug their shoulders, and go about their day; however if a multi-million dollar investment, or someone’s life, is on the line, engineers need to take steps to prevent it from happening again.

Making Quality Systems Work for You

Making Quality Systems Work for You

If your QMS does not have the proper elements, personnel are not appropriately trained, or your firm does not really value the advantages of your QMS, you will likely not reap the same reward.

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