Michael Brodsky

Is it Method Verification or Validation, or Just Semantics?

Although method validation and method verification are related terms, they have very different analytical and statistical requirements particularly for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005. Unfortunately, the terms are often incorrectly used interchangeably, resulting in confusion and the application of inappropriate or inadequate analytical evaluations.

Casper Uldriks

FDA's Inspection of Foreign Device Manufacturers

FDA inspects foreign manufacturers to assess their compliance with the same manufacturing requirements that apply to U.S. firms. How you and the FDA conduct the inspection can make a huge difference on the outcome. The inspection can have a significant if not disastrous impact on a foreign firm's current and future business in the U.S.

Kim Huynh-Ba

Risk Management for Pharmaceutical Change Control program

Change is inevitable in the pharmaceutical industry. Manufacturing process changes and product changes are common post approval activities. Therefore, managing change is as much a business need as it is a regulatory need for pharmaceutical companies to stay in compliance. It is a process that can significantly impact the efficiency of an organization. This presentation will introduce a risk based approach and procedure with regard to severity, likelihood and detection to manage the change control program.

Jeff Kasoff

Design Control for Medical Devices

Prior to introduction of a new device, or even a modified design for an existing device, a systematic process must be followed. This process must ensure that all requirements are met. A firm's design control process must meet all regulatory requirements, but at the same time not be so unwieldy as the present a barrier to timely market introduction.

John N. Zorich

Statistical Analysis of Gages (Metrology)

The webinar begins with an examination of the fundamental vocabulary and concepts related to metrology. Topics include: accuracy, precision, calibration, and "uncertainty ratios". Several of the standard methods for analyzing measurement variation are then described and explained, as derived from AIAG's Measurement System Analysis reference book. The methods include: Gage R&R (ANOVA method, for 3 gages, 3 persons, 3 replicates, and 10 parts), Gage Correlation (for 3 gages), Gage Linearity, and Gage Bias.

Thomas E. Colonna

FDA's current thinking on cGMP compliance for Phase I Investigational Drug and Biologic products

Because certain requirements in 21 CFR part 211, which implement § 501(a)(2)(B) of the FD&C Act, were directed at the commercial manufacture of products typically characterized by large, repetitive, commercial batch production (e.g., those regulations that address validation of manufacturing processes (§ 211.110(a)), and warehousing (§ 211.142)), they may not be appropriate to the manufacture of most investigational drugs used for phase 1 clinical trials.

Lou Angelucci

Similarities and Differences Between an FDA and MHRA Audit

Having participated in both FDA and MHRA audits for the same facility and practices it is interesting that different results and major observations are encountered. In order to meet the expectations of both regulatory bodies we need to review and understand the requirements and approach of both bodies. This webinar will review these and compare some of the similarities and differences.

Robert J. Russell

European Union Filings and Registrations

This session covers the various licensing methods (for Drugs, Biologics & Combination Products) by which applicants can file for product licenses (Marketing Authorizations) in one or multiple Member States, as well as fully across all Member States of the European Union. This course specifically outlines and discusses the structure of the regulatory agencies at the EU-level and across specific Member States. Course content will explain which procedures are available for which products and then will follow the license processing steps for each pathway.

Albert A. Ghignone

FDA Acceptance of Foreign Clinical Studies Not Conducted Under An IND

This webinar will discuss FDA's criteria for acceptance of foreign clinical trials whether conducted under an FDA submission or not conducted under an FDA submission. Clinical research is becoming increasingly global. FDA recognizes Sponsors may decide to use clinical data that is obtained from foreign sites to support clinical investigations and/or marketing approval in the USA. Some Sponsors may even seek to rely solely on foreign clinical data for an FDA investigational or marketing application. This webinar will review criteria for FDA acceptance of foreign clinical studies/data.

Camille Thornton

Submitting FDA Electronic Regulatory Filings - Drug Establishment Registrations and Drug Listings

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires electronic submission for labeler code requests, drug establishment registrations, drug listings, annual renewals, and updates. The electronic process replaces FDA paper forms 2656 (Registration of Drug Establishment/Labeler Code Assignment), 2657 (Drug Product Listing), and 2658 (Registered Establishments' Report of Private Label Distributors).

Charles Parker

Getting the Most Out of Your Data: Implementing Interoperability Standards to Support Meaningful Use & Accountable Care

Organizations eligible for Meaningful Use incentives, and Accountable Care Organizations, are financially incented to use electronic health records systems or effectively for their Medicaid and/or Medicare populations. But many organizations considering these options have questions about the risks, implementation, and potential for savings under these programs. Established ACOs and organizations already implementing Meaningful Use may have questions about how to leverage existing EHRs or personal health devices to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Jerry Dalfors

Mathematics of Terminal Sterilization - Probability of Survival Approach -vs- Overkill Approach

Heat sterilization is a PROBABILTY function dependent on heat exposure, the number of microorganisms, and the heat resistance of the microorganisms. Current regulations expect the sterilization process to provide a level of assurance of at least 1 x 10-6 probability (fewer than one non-sterile unit per million units) of survival (non-sterility) for terminally sterilized parenterals and medical devices. Since Regulations require that we generate in our sterilization processes a PROBABILITY of a NON-STERILE UNIT (PNSU), how do we use D-values, Z-values and Fo to calculate the probability and determine that we have essentially zero risk in our products due to lack of sterility?

Jeff Kasoff

Design History File (DHF), Device Master Record (DMR), Device History Record (DHR) and Technical File (TF) - Regulatory Documents Explained

The FDA QSR and the Medical Device Directive specify certain documents or records that should be included in your organization's quality systems - Design History File (DHF), the Device Master Record (DMR) the Device History Record (DHR), and the Technical File (TF). Do you know what information should reside in a DHF, a DMR and a DHR?

David R. Dills

Complaint Handling and Management: From Receipt to Trending

An effective complaint handling system is an extremely important part of any quality system. Manufacturers should understand that any complaint received on a product shall be evaluated and, if necessary, thoroughly investigated and analyzed, and corrective action shall be taken.

Hans Draayer

U.S Veterinary Biological Development and Registration

The Development of veterinary biologics, involves a complex series of clinical studies and analytical programs to assure the quality and effectiveness of these products. Biologicals are commonly vaccines and include conventional viral based products, bacterins, toxins, rDNA products and antibody products.

Anna Longwell

Laboratory-Developed Tests: Why does FDA think they can regulate them, and why do others think they cannot

This presentation will review the legal definition of medical device, and how it is applied by FDA to in vitro diagnostic tests. It will review the history of FDA interest in LDTs, and will describe the current situation with respect to Laboratory-developed tests. It will describe tests which have been cleared by FDA and those which have attempted clearance but not been cleared. It will discuss possible future actions by FDA and by the US laboratory community and assess their probability.

Albert A. Ghignone

FDA's New Guidance On Medical Device Development Tools (MDDT); Qualification of MDDT for Patient Assessment

This webinar will discuss a voluntary process for qualification of Medical Device Development Tools (MDDT) for use in device development. An MDDT is a scientifically validated tool (test) to determine clinical outcome. Qualification reflects CDRH (FDA's) expectation that within a specified use the results of an assessment that uses an MDDT can be relied upon to support device development and regulatory decision-making.

Chris Goulart

True Safety vs. Regulatory Compliance

Safety professionals, managers, operations executives, and Senior Leaders are under moral, legal, and financial obligations to establish workplaces that are safe and run efficiently. At a very practical level, however, a disconnect between regulatory (legal requirements) and safety is very obvious.

Bob Kunka

Developing a Healthy Relationship with FDA

A brief description of the FDA groups that are responsible for approving new drug products is reviewed including how one group works with another. This webinar will describe how drug development works in a pharmaceutical company for those students who do not have this experience. The common steps that companies take to develop drugs are described along with documents that are required along this journey. The logistics of interacting with the FDA are described including what the company needs to accomplish to be successful at the meeting.

Thomas Redick

The Role of "Big Data" in Compliance, and Potential Risks and Benefits of Using it

This session will introduce the basic concepts, the expanding collection methods (the internet of things, drones etc.) and the role of industry standards and simple quality management (e.g., Six Sigma) to document near-misses and good catches using data tools. The need to address privacy issues with patients' customers' or grower's confidential data will be paramount to ensure a cooperative flow of information for performance-enhancing analysis of "big data". In pharmaceutical industry settings, a "Big Data community" brings together the Big Data pioneers who share insights and exchange ideas about its proper use.

Jeff Kasoff

Best Practices in Complaint Management

Negative customer feedback about a medical device's performance or safety is a strong indicator of whether a firm's manufacturing process is in control. This feedback is therefore subject to many requirements in both the QSR and ISO 13485. Failure to follow up on complaints about medical devices is among the most frequently cited observations on FDA-483s.

Jerry Dalfors

Master Drug and Medical Device Reporting (MDRs)

Manufacturers of APIs, Final Drug Products and Medical Devices are required to report to the FDA when they learn that any of their products may have caused or contributed to a death or serious injury or if there is an anticipated patient risk. Manufacturers must report to the FDA when they become aware that their product may or has malfunctioned and would be likely to cause or contribute to a death or serious patient risk. The FDA's regulations contain mandatory requirements for manufacturers, importers, and device user facilities to report certain product-related adverse events and product problems to the FDA.

Michael Brodsky

Emerging Issues in Food Safety

This webinar will address the complexity of defining safe food and examine the factors that impact on microbiological food safety. We will look at the changing nature of foodborne/food transmitted pathogens and the influence of demographics and geography on the changing landscape. The webinar will also discuss roles and responsibilities for mitigating food contamination and foodborne illness.

Teri C. Soli

Common Sense Water System Validation

Water system validation is often considered a necessary evil intended to merely satisfy a regulatory expectation. If done using a one-size-fits-all template, it probably satisfies regulatory requirements but is indeed a waste of time when it could be a valuable "insurance policy". All water systems are different and have different challenges in consistently purifying and delivering acceptable water to users.

Jerry Dalfors

Batch Production Record, Device History Record Review and Quality Assessment

Written procedures are to be established and followed for a time efficient and clear evidence of the quality related elements during the review and approval for release, including packaging and labeling, to determine compliance of the intermediates (FDA definition) and/or finished product with established specifications before a batch can be released for distribution.

John N. Zorich

Better Alternatives to Sampling Plans

Course "Better Alternatives to Sampling Plans" has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 1.5 credits towards a participant's RAC recertification upon full completion.

Jeff Kasoff

The 510(k) Submission: Requirements, Contents, and Options

This presentation will provide an understanding of how to get a device requiring a 510(k) submission to market quickly. Knowing when and how to properly submit a 510(k) for a device or change to a device is critical to a company's regulatory and financial health.

Michael Brodsky

Bioterrorism and Food Security-A Cultural Conundrum

Intentional contamination or adulteration of food is a reality. We will review some examples of the dire consequences of adulteration ostensibly for economic gain This webinar will also discuss the potential threats of using food as biological weapon and the actions food companies can take to mitigate and minimize the risks of food bioterrorism.

Teri C. Soli

Guarding Against Common Pharmaceutical Water System Inspection Pitfalls

This webinar explains the issues and techniques that regulators may use when investigating your water systems for "GMP flaws". More than likely, even the most quality-conscious organization has some water system "skeletons" in their closets, perhaps unwittingly. These "skeletons" or deficiencies are often connected with the site’s Quality Systems and are indicative of your Quality Systems health, so having an uneventful water system audit (which would be facilitated by attending this webinar and proactively addressing the issues presented therein) could keep the regulators out of other typically fertile territory for regulatory deficiencies found elsewhere at your site.

Robert J. Russell

Japan - Regulatory Filing Requirements and Compliance Processes for Life Sciences

This course specifically focuses on the overall regulatory compliance requirements and procedures for Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Biologics and Combination Products in Japan. The course will cover topics relating to pre-clinical and clinical requirements, as well as, addressing the structure of the regulatory agencies in Japan. Content will also include descriptions of the methods by which regulators in the corresponding agencies process filings and registrations and what is expected in the authorization and dossier maintenance of licensed products.

John E Lincoln

Meet FDA Expectations for a Tougher Supplier Audit Program

There is a pervasive public perception that the FDA has been ineffective in protecting the public. Recent news events seem to support this perception. The FDA is working hard to change that perception.

Teri C. Soli

Curtailing Microbial Excursions and Investigations in Pharmaceutical Water Systems

Water system microbial excursions are the bane of laboratories, utility operations, and production, often causing huge expenditures of labor for system sanitization and additional testing and quarantines of whole systems or specific outlets while fruitless investigations are mounted, not to mention the potential cost of product rejections when root causes are not definitive.

John N. Zorich

Reliability-Confidence Calculations for Non-Normal Data, using Reliability Plotting

Reliability Plotting is a graphical technique that is a standard method described in some reliability textbooks. The method is used primarily for data that is problematic in one or more of the following ways: non-normal (e.g., a Fatigue-Life distribution), a mixture of distributions (e.g., the distribution looks bi-modal when arranged into a histogram), low precision (e.g., a large number of identical readings in a small sample size), and/or incomplete (e.g., when a study is terminated before all on-test devices can be measured, due either to measurement equipment limitations or due to time limitations). Reliability plotting can easily handle all such situations.

Maik Jornitz

Process Validation of Sterilizing Grade Filter

Sterilizing filtration, utilizing membrane filter often of 0.2 micron rating, are critical in aseptic processing. As soon as heat sterilization cannot be used or bioburden requires to be reduced before heat sterilization, sterilizing grade filters are installed to remove the microbial burden.

Michael Brodsky

Laboratory Accreditation: Getting there is Just the Beginning

Many laboratories regard Quality Assurance, Quality Assessment and Quality Control as independent activities, others use the terms interchangeably, e.g. QA/QC. This demonstrates a lack of appreciation of the differences between Assurance, Assessment and Control, as well as the interrelationships, particularly between QA and QC. This has created confusion in the minds of many analysts with respect to understanding how QA and QC play separate, but related roles for achieving Quality Assurance in a Quality Management System (QMS).

Jose Mora

21 CFR Part 820 - Quality System Regulation - Applying Principles of Lean Documents and Lean Configuration

All life science businesses are required to maintain their Quality Management System (QMS) processes in a state of control, via controlled documents and objective evidence in the form of records. Medical device manufacturing plants, required to follow 21 CFR Part 820, have the additional responsibility to ensure that each and every step of the manufacturing process is controlled by work instructions, SOPs, set-up instructions, equipment maintenance, and support functions, and that evidence of this work is maintained by controlled records.

Teri C. Soli

Key Concepts in Successful Water System Sanitization

Though hardly a water system is designed and installed without some capability of sanitization, the system design features, materials of construction, sanitization chemical choices and how they are used, as well as the frequency of the sanitization process have everything to do with its success.

Jeff Kasoff

A Design Control Primer

Prior to introduction of a new device, or even a modified design for an existing device, a systematic process must be followed. This process must ensure that all requirements are met. A firm's design control process must meet all regulatory requirements, but at the same time not be so unwieldy as the present a barrier to timely market introduction.

Michael Brodsky

Measurement Uncertainty in Microbiology

Many microbiology laboratories are confused about what MU is, how to calculate it and how to apply it. We will discuss what is needed to meet the accreditation requirement for MU, including, what data to collect and how to analyze it. Also a practical step by step approach to data compilation specifically applicable to microbiology will be discussed.

Jeff Kasoff

How FDA Trains its Investigators to Review CAPA and What You Should Do to Prepare

During an inspection, FDA personnel will take a great deal of time reviewing your company's CAPA system. What will they look for? This session will discuss all the documents used by FDA to train their inspectors to review your CAPA system, some of which you may not be familiar with.

Teri C. Soli

Laboratory Water Systems: Necessary Water Specifications and Validation Challenges

Laboratory water systems are often the forgotten, red-haired stepchild of pharmaceutical operations. Yet, in some ways, the maintenance of the appropriate quality of lab water systems is perhaps more important than many applications of manufacturing's water systems since the tests performed on manufacturing's products can be affected by the lab water quality in insidious, hard to detect ways, which could cause perfectly good products to appear to fail testing or bad product to appear to pass. Often too little effort is invested in understanding and maintaining lab water systems for a number of reasons that will be discussed. On the other hand, excessive effort may be expended in maintaining certain water attributes that are neither required nor consequential for the vast majority of analyses, such as the microbiological content.

Jeff Kasoff

Supplier and Internal Auditing

The FDA regulations contain a vast quantity of requirements, which govern tasks performed by your company's personnel every day.

Jeff Kasoff

Personnel Training to Assure QSR and ISO Compliance

This webinar will provide valuable assistance to all regulated companies, since personnel training is a regulatory requirement across the Medical Device, Diagnostic, Pharmaceutical, and Biologics fields.


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