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Acquisition Regulatory Assessments: A Case Study

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Investigating acquired products and associated FDA clearances.

A client took ownership of numerous products they had obtained through an acquisition. Remediation of the regulatory documents was needed, which included a review and evaluation of the 510(k) products to establish whether or not the current marketed products aligned with the existing FDA clearances. R&Q conducted a 510(k) inventory, which required a significant amount of investigation work to compile a list of all applicable products and associated 510(k) clearances, as well as non-filing justification (NFJ) with regard to design changes.

Mergers and Acquisitions: The Devil Is In the Details - A Quality Management System (QMS) Integration Case Study

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So many companies, so many quality systems.

Medical device companies that are merging with or acquiring companies will often be left with quality systems that have conflicting requirements, or don't align with the parent company's quality system. It's also possible that one of the quality systems may not be compliant with the FDA Quality System Regulation, EU ISO 13485, and others. In R&Q's experience with warning letters and consent decrees, it's often the lack of assessment and alignment of quality systems that results in major discrepancies, often leading to warning letters and if not quickly corrected, consent decrees.

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