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Revamping Supplier Quality: A Case Study

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Challenge

The FDA found that not following your procedure is a problem.

A multibillion dollar client had a supplier quality process that was not being executed, and was not aligned to regulations (2CF820.50). Suppliers were not being audited at the prescribed regularity, some suppliers rated as low risk were making high risk parts, and others supplied product that did not meet current specifications. The results of an FDA inspection resulted in a Warning Letter that ultimately required third party audit certification. The organization had to react by proposing a plan to halt distribution of two product lines in order to focus on a permanent and comprehensive systemic solution.

Getting Control of Supplier Controls

It seems that for one reason or another supplier controls are a requirement that slips through the cracks of even some of the largest medical device organizations. Those of us in the medical device field should know better since 21 CFR Part 820 clearly includes requirements that medical device manufacturers shall have controls over purchased products or services related to medical device being manufactured.

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