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Cup of Joe 43# - Treat the cause, not the symptom

Cup of Joe 43# - Treat the cause, not the symptom

What is the root cause analysis? Root Cause Analysis is something that we all do when we want to solve a problem for good. But what RCA actually means? It means to find what caused the problem, to find out not only what went wrong in the beginning, but how, when and why as well. Basically, RCA is...
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Cup of Joe 42# - Dealing with CAPA

Cup of Joe 42# - Dealing with CAPA

CAPA is a system that consists of improvements taken to eliminate the causes of non-conformities or any other undesirable situation within an organization’s process. Every company should develop a strategy for CAPA as part of its overall quality system. To manage the suitable CAPA activity, it is important to track, manage and evaluate all different quality data...
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CAPA Checklist - Step by Step Guide

CAPA Checklist - Step by Step Guide

CAPA – Corrective action Preventive action The purpose of corrective and preventive action is to collect and inspect information, identify and examine product or potential quality problem, then take suitable and effective corrective/preventive action. It’s a process of improvement taken to eliminate causes of possible malfunction, problem or another unwanted situation.  It’s also a process which auditor...
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Cup of Joe 40# - Documents and procedures amendment

Cup of Joe 40# - Documents and procedures amendment

It's one thing to become ISO certified, but maintaining the certification is another thing with all the updates and new records. Besides following the processes and procedures that were set, it's also required to improve processes and all recorded as evidence. That means keeping up with your documentation, updating procedures when the processes change, modify work...
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Cup of Joe 38# - There is such a thing like painless audit?

Cup of Joe 38# - There is such a thing like painless audit?

An audit is verification of activities – process or quality system in order to ensure compliance to some requirements. As such audits always generate tension and anxiety – because you know that some stranger is coming to check your work and could give you a failing grade! Painless = prepared, the more prepared, the more painless. Standard...
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Cup of Joe 37# - Why we have to perform an audit?

Cup of Joe 37# - Why we have to perform an audit?

At work, nothing raises the hairs on the back of your neck like the word “audit”. Audits mean fault, mistake, short-coming and blame, fault, culpability all wrapped in disappointment – you have failed!  The bullies incorporate love them! But the wise manager embraced them and uses them to pre-empt the bullies, by self-auditing.   The more positive...
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Cup of Joe 36# - Scary word “Audit”

Cup of Joe 36# - Scary word “Audit”

An Audit is the on-site verification activity of a process or quality system, to ensure compliance to requirements. An audit can apply to an entire organization or might be specific to a function, process, or production step. A system audit also delivers objective evidence concerning the need for the reduction, elimination and most importantly, prevention of...
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Weekly Cup of Joe 29# – Customer Feedback is a Wealth of Information

Weekly Cup of Joe 29# – Customer Feedback is a Wealth of Information

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.   Improve Customer Retention and Ensure That You Keep the Finger on...
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Pitfalls and Best Practices in Establishing a Quality Manual

Pitfalls and Best Practices in Establishing a Quality Manual

It takes the same amount of time and effort to create a good quality manual as it does a bad one. Oftentimes, far less... In this article, we will discuss how to establish, operate and maintain a good one: Introduction (what is a QM, and what should it include) Common mistakes in establishing a QM, and how to...
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Weekly Cup of Joe #28 – Is Employee Training Worth the Investment?

Weekly Cup of Joe #28 – Is Employee Training Worth the Investment?

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.   Convert Employee Training into the Workplace Don't try to save money on...
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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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Weekly Cup of Joe #27 – Validating With The Wrong Requirements

Weekly Cup of Joe #27 – Validating With The Wrong Requirements

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. Validating your system for FDA and ISO Both FDA and ISO13485...
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The Quality Manual F.A.Q. – Quality Manual Writing Tips

The Quality Manual F.A.Q. – Quality Manual Writing Tips

To pass a certification body audit, a Quality Management System must be an auditable entity with a neat Quality Manual. How to get useful ‘written stuff’? For hints on what to do, see the Quality manual writing tips part 2, in this short and clear infographic we collected 13 of the top F.A.Q.s and answers. See Full Size
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Weekly Cup of Joe #26 – Advantages of An Integrated PM and QMS

Weekly Cup of Joe #26 – Advantages of An Integrated PM and QMS

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. Bolt-on Quality Management Apps, put the cart before the horse The mistake...
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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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The Quality Manual Alias the Quality Bible or the Quality DNA

The Quality Manual Alias the Quality Bible or the Quality DNA

  Document what you do and do what you document Quality Manual is the foundation and framework from where you build your organization. It is a plan, which sets the direction and navigates the organization within the defined parameters. Like any plan, it is good to revisit once in a while and check against the agreed objectives,...
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Weekly Cup of Joe #25– Documenting Opportunities to Improve

Weekly Cup of Joe #25– Documenting Opportunities to Improve

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. MS Joe will guide you with handy tips & tricks to streamline your way to compliance.   The Relation Between Risk Assessment and Opportunities to Improve Companies often fail to...
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Weekly Cup of Joe #24 - Data Backup and Recovery Plan in QMS

Weekly Cup of Joe #24 - Data Backup and Recovery Plan in QMS

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.   Why Every Small Business Needs a Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan? Nobody wants...
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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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Advantages of Cloud Based QMS and Project Management Software

Advantages of Cloud Based QMS and Project Management Software

Every industry or organization is working hard to achieve success and to ensure their service and product safety. Nowadays, it is hard to imagine the work without an electronic, cloud-based QMS or project management tool.  Cloud based tools are the most searched software today, they are easy to obtain through the internet, they are flexible, they...
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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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