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Ultimate Tips and Guidelines to Fine Tune Your Employee Trainings

Ultimate Tips and Guidelines to Fine Tune Your Employee Trainings

Tips and guidelines to create an efficient workforce and keep your business functioning at a high level. (ISO 90001, ISO13485, FDA510K)   Nobody wants to hire a person that is unable to do a job to a satisfactory standard. This is especially true when it comes to QMS related functions and activities. Beside the candidate’s adequate competency...
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Validating or Not Validating for Intended Use?

Validating or Not Validating for Intended Use?

When I say Validation For Intended Use, most of you picture an extensive documentation required by ISO and FDA. Although Validation for intended use documentation is useful for several reasons (ensure accuracy, reliability, consistent intended performance, the ability to discern invalid or altered records, etc.) people mainly think of it as a regulatory requirement only. In FDA's...
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What if staying ISO and FDA compliant was easy?

What if staying ISO and FDA compliant was easy?

In the previous article, I took a closer look at ISO13485:2016 and the pending doomsday scenario. In this article, I’ll take a closer look at the similarities between ISO 13485:2016 and FDA QSRs. Similarities between ISO 13485:2016 and FDA QSR A quick reality check of ISO 13485:2016, reveals that it actually looks more, smells more and sounds...
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Are companies ready for the ISO 13485:2016? “a closer look”

Are companies ready for the ISO 13485:2016? “a closer look”

Surprisingly this is a real and topical question. At every MedDev or MedTec oriented exhibition this is the off-stage topic, actually more like main grippe session. The 2016 version requires a lot more emphasis on risk management and embedding risk management into the quality system processes. But really there are two issues in play with respect...
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Weekly Cup of Joe #21 – References on Obsolete QMS Documents

Weekly Cup of Joe #21 – References on Obsolete QMS Documents

Whether you are freshly minted into the QMS position or you are a founder of a Startup, or a product manager with a new project… your strategy requires QMS oversight. QMS Joe will guide you with handy tips & tricks to streamline your way to compliance.   The importance of identifying and updating all the documents that...
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​ISO Audit and the Company Image

​ISO Audit and the Company Image

The Company must have a true picture of itself. It is not enough to possess the required information related to legislation, internal and external issues and interested parties, all this data should be properly documented, this information has to be available to the relevant project team members, who have to ensure the right policies are...
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ISO 13485 – 2016 Checklist

ISO 13485 – 2016 Checklist

A checklist on where to start, and what to do first   Whether you are freshly minted into the QMS position or you are a founder of a Startup, or a product manager with a new project, you’re reading this because your strategy requires QMS oversight and your first question is likely “where to start” and “what...
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QMS documentation - “What should I document?”

QMS documentation - “What should I document?”

Good QMS documentation is essential for an effective quality management system. Properly structured documentation will make your operations much easier, while incorrect documentation will bring you nothing but trouble. Use qmsWrapper to structure your QMS documentation, follow the necessary steps and avoid those unpleasant last minute surprises.    What has to be included in a QMS Documentation, regarding...
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QMS for Beginners – A quick guide on where to Start ! …Part 4

QMS for Beginners – A quick guide on where to Start ! …Part 4

  12. Customer Support and Life Cycle management Customer support is not the issue at this time. You need to develop and finish your product first, then get it cleared through FDA and CE Approved. You need a system that’s focused on those issues. Don’t get confused by these future requirements. There is time enough to figure...
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The Temptation of ISO 13485 Template Kits

The Temptation of ISO 13485 Template Kits

Be careful what you use when building up your QMS system! The expanding Internet means more: more data, more collaboration, and more complex systems of interactions. You can find hundreds of both expensive and free templates for ISO 13485, offered by various consultants, companies and experts. But even if the ISO compliance is guaranteed on some...
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Same Tasks over and over Again? Let a Workflow Process Help You.

Same Tasks over and over Again? Let a Workflow Process Help You.

In the world of standards, regulations and protocols it is really easy to get confused. They are complex and always changing. Often, the issue is in the details and details are easily missed. Then when you try to make things compliant, you have to constantly be on top of every little detail if you don't...
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ISO 13485:2016 Summary

ISO 13485:2016 Summary

The world’s most popular standard for medical device quality management has been revised for the first time since 2003: Medical Devices – Quality Management System – Requirements for Regulatory Purposes. The revised standard ISO 13485:2016 was published on 1st March 2016. It focuses on how companies should manage risk-based decisions related to purchasing, design, development, manufacturing,...
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Creative Collaboration, Collaborative Compliance

Creative Collaboration, Collaborative Compliance

It’s official, workplace emails are an ineffective tool for managing projects. Don’t confuse Emailing a link to your team as collaboration - that’s ping-pong! And sending your team an email and asking them to either comment or provide input on a file, an idea, a suggestion is like trying to push a wet string. Although email...
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QMS Processes & ISO Compliance (ISO compliance in the business world and QMS processes)

QMS Processes & ISO Compliance (ISO compliance in the business world and QMS processes)

In a global environment, companies are facing countless complex, unique industry challenges. Quality becomes not just a buzzword but a true competitive advantage – companies that deliver the best quality products and services efficiently - succeed.   In a global environment, companies are facing countless complex, unique industry challenges.   ISO certification, (be it ISO9001, ISO13485…)  communicates a commitment...
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6 Benefits of ISO Compliance

6 Benefits of ISO Compliance

ISO’s standards are created to guide companies in dealing with some of the most demanding challenges of modern business – Quality & Customers. At its core, the ISO system is underpinned by the pursuit of recognizable quality that ties business goals and customer needs. The aim is to make business operations as efficient as possible...
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QMS Manager: Job or Role?

QMS Manager: Job or Role?

Diving deeper into ISO 13485:2016 meeting roles, defining them as the ISO standards and regulations expected from us, we can get a headache of how to define QMS management. Is it a job or is it a role in an organization?  A QMS manager is a one-person Job with a very critical role, so we recommend...
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Understanding Roles & Processes in ISO 13485:2016

Understanding Roles & Processes in ISO 13485:2016

What is a role and how does it connect to processes?   The 2016 edition is much more complicated than the 2003 edition so here is a little help to make things a little more understandable. In ISO 13485:2016 there are many new terms, definitions, and requirements compared with the 2003 edition. "First, a stab of the ISO bureaucrats…...
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ISO 13485:2016 - New terms to take note of

ISO 13485:2016 - New terms to take note of

Differences and similarities between the ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 13485:2016 editions. ISO 13485:2003 only had a few defined terms with clear definitions. However, in the new edition of ISO 13485:2016 sixteen new terms are added with longer definitions. Let's see what are the differences and similarities between the editions. Terms that remained the same Advisory notice - giving...
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ISO 13485:2016 – Creating a Glass Ceiling for Startups

ISO 13485:2016 – Creating a Glass Ceiling for Startups

May 2016 was a dark day for medical small companies and startups, it was the day the ISO created a glass ceiling for Medical Startups. A glass ceiling! Yes, because ISO13485:2016 essentially puts a glass ceiling on medical start-ups with a daunting new array certification requirements that will disproportionally impact startups and small companies. Essentially, to properly...
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