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.
By the time I began work as a Quality Engineer for The Gillette Company, in the early 1980’s, I had worked for several other organizations. None of them had Quality Management Systems, or a ‘QMS’
Understanding customer needs and their requirements is critical for an organization to stay in business and are often used interchangeably. Yet, they are not the same.
One of the first things I learned about quality management was that quality, cost and schedule were interrelated.
October is the month that is designated internationally to bring awareness to the impact of breast cancer. The best screening tool to find cancer remains the mammogram. A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray picture of the breast. As in any cancer, early detection is key.
Some of the most challenging situations I have had to confront during my career have involved achieving compliance with regulations.
There are always new ways and reasons to apply pattern recognition to quality improvement. Better ensuring patient outcomes in health care facilities and improving accuracy for medical diagnoses are two such frontiers.
In a regulated industry, the prevailing posture of regulatory representatives, in my experience, has been “Show me proof.” In fact, the philosophy I’ve heard repeated by regulators is “If it wasn’t documented, it didn’t happen.”
Among many of the new requirements that EU MDR has introduced, the Summary of Safety and Clinical Performance (SSCP) is certainly one of the more confusing ones for many firms. SSCP’s are required for implantable and Class III devices under EU MDR and is intended to be a public document summarizing important safety and clinical performance information about the device.
There are right and wrong approaches for using measures to achieve performance improvement. Knowing the difference requires some book-learning, but mostly the wisdom of broad and deep experience.
One blessing that occurred in the recent years is the rapid digitalization of business functions. It’s hard to imagine a time before the use of video calling or instant messaging to reach teammates or clients from across the world almost immediately.
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was put into effect on May 25, 2018, is often considered to be one of world’s toughest laws when it comes to privacy and security. The regulations lay down privacy and security standards, imposing obligations on any/ all organizations having an impact on the people of EU, whether related to targeting or collecting data.