Food for Thought on Quality and Compliance

By Daniel R. Matlis

Would you rather…

Eat Bad Food in a Clean Restaurant?


Eat Great Food in an Unsanitary Restaurant?

I shared this dilemma with Industry Executives and FDA Officials to illustrate the distinction between compliance and quality in a restaurant setting during the most recent MDIC Case for Quality (CfQ) forum in Washington DC.

Restaurant Quality v Compliance
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The CfQ forums afford FDA and Industry the opportunity to engage in open, candid, and constructive discussions on ways to improve product quality.  Discussion topics range from identifying barriers to investment in prevention and product quality to generating actionable ideas to overcome industry / regulator obstacles.

Since this topic got such positive response, we decided to flesh it out into an infographic.

Think about this dilemma the next time you discuss the distinction between quality and compliance with your management or when you head out to dinner.

Compliance should be the baseline. Quality should be the goal!  

To download the infographic as a PDF, click here.


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