Tag Archives: Quality Metrics

14Jan/19
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White Paper: Stop Managing Paper in a Data-Driven World

How Electronic Batch Records (EBR) Can Support Quality Metrics

By: Sandra K. Rodriguez, Market Analyst

Many life science companies have implemented manufacturing information systems as part of their automated manufacturing initiatives aimed at increasing product quality and lowering manufacturing costs. For many emerging and mid-market companies, however, paper batch records and a hyper-focus on compliance remain a reality. The result is a reliance on paper-based processes in a data-driven world.

Companies that have made the shift from paper to data-driven intelligence are aspiring to gain visibility by unlocking valuable manufacturing data to support quality metrics, as well as initiatives such as lean manufacturing, quality by design and continuous improvement. Companies that do not have access to this level of visibility should consider investing in the appropriate quality systems now. Regardless of their size, companies seeking to implement innovative electronic batch record (EBR) and quality management systems (QMS) now have a choice: either on premise or in the cloud.

Today the FDA intends to drive life science companies to harness data from manufacturing and quality systems and turn that data into intelligence. The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 (FDASIA) provides the FDA with the authority to conduct electronic inspections (e-Inspections) and target onsite inspections based on quality metrics.

Register to receive your complimentary copy of this White Paper.  We discuss:

  • Why Shift from Paper
  • FDA’s Request for Quality Metrics
  • Why Compliance and Quality Are Not the Same
  • The Role of Executive Leadership

This white paper was written by Axendia, Inc. and sponsored by MasterControl Inc.

 

22Aug/18
FDA-Pre-Check

Do You Want Less FDA Inspections? Here is FDA’s RX

Quality Metrics Program Update: We Asked and FDA Answered

By: Sandra K. Rodriguez, Market Analyst

The Quality Metrics program is a key step in the Agency’s objective to encourage industry to implement state-of-the-art, innovative quality management systems that drive industry to focus on improving product quality, rather than simply ensuring compliance to regulatory requirements.  

FDA recently published two announcements on the Quality Metrics program in the Federal Register: 

  • CDER intends to further develop a Quality Metrics Program through formal meeting requests and a pilot study to gain feedback from those establishments for which meeting requests do not apply 
  • CDER and CBER are initiating a 2018 Quality Metrics Site Visit Program to assist the Agency in understanding existing programsii 

These announcements prompted a number of industry executive to reach out to Axendia to understand FDA’s current thinking on Quality Metrics. 

For a first-hand account, we reached out to FDA with a few questions – we asked and they answered. [1]

AXENDIA: What drove the delays in the program?

FDA: There were many comments submitted to the docket after the revised draft 2016 guidance was published.  The comments generally indicated that additional feedback and a pilot would be useful.  Further, we took time to listen to additional comments and feedback from industry and industry trade organizations provided at conferences and presentations.  We determined that our next steps should be a Feedback Program and Site Visit Program which would allow individual companies an opportunity to discuss their approaches from different sub-sectors of the industry.  Continue reading

04Jan/17
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Is Your Quality Unit Ready to Submit Quality Metrics Data Across Your Supply Chain?

By: Sandra K. Rodriguez, Market Analyst

FDA “Encourages” Industry to Volunteer for e-Inspections Program

Based on Quality Metrics, FDA’s e-Inspections program is encouraging industry to implement state-of-the-art, innovative quality management systems for pharmaceutical manufacturing.    In response to stakeholder feedback, the agency issued a revised draft guidance document in November 2016 titled “Submission of Quality Metrics Data[1].”

The draft guidance explains how the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) intend to utilize submitted data and quality metrics to help ensure that their policies and practices continue to support continuous improvement and innovation in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.  For more background on the evolution of this initiative see ISPE, FDA and the Metrics Future and FDA to Grade Industry on a Curve – Are You Ready?
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29Jun/16
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FDA and Quality Metrics in Biopharma

By: David R. Somers, Senior Industry Analyst

Moving Right Along 

The continuing efforts by biologic and pharmaceutical manufacturers to join the FDA in improving product quality, reducing inspection costs, increasing the effectiveness of product monitoring, and streamlining reporting requirements have crossed the Rubicon of mere theorizing, discussion, and contemplation into firm and proactive steps. Those efforts have been aimed at the establishment of acceptable and realistic standards of measurement for product development, testing, implementation, distribution, and monitoring. These activities are in concert with the broader effort by FDA to promote innovation, increase stakeholder involvement in quality, and enhance the safety of the supply chain.

To support this initiative, the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) created a cohesive, comprehensive series of criteria for the measurement of critical parameters needed to define and control quality in biologic and pharmaceutical manufacturing.  Subsequently, using many of the metrics developed by the ISPE, the FDA submitted a draft guidance document called Request for Quality Metrics.

Continue reading the full article in Outsourced Pharma.