The FDA regulates manufacturers of medical products such as devices, pharmaceuticals, tissue products, and biologics. However, the regulations don’t usually extent to suppliers. Instead, the FDA expects the medical product manufacturer to implement an effective program to qualify and re-qualify suppliers for these regulated industries.
An effective supplier qualification program has some specific elements including determining expectations and requirements, identifying potential suppliers, evaluating them, selecting a supplier, and re-evaluating the selected suppliers. When issues arise, the manufacturer communicates with the supplier and manages corrective action.
The result is a supplier qualification program that address two principle questions:
This workshop explains an overarching supplier qualification program that is common to FDA regulated medical product manufacturers. It also provides the details of the various program areas such as devices, pharmaceuticals, etc.
An effective supplier qualification uses tools and techniques. The workshop explains particularly relevant tools such as supplier audits, metrics, scorecards, acceptance verification, and corrective action. These techniques help make the program FDA compliant and robust.
An effective supplier qualification program can prevent problems and save money. The goal is to ensure that competent suppliers provide products and services correctly and on time. This saves cost and helps you provide good products to your customers. In addition, an effective supplier qualification program meets the regulatory requirements; you will not need to worry about an FDA 483 or a Warning Letter. This workshop provides the information you need to establish and manage an effective program.
Participants learn the elements of an effective supplier qualification program for FDA regulated medical products.
Upon earning a degree in Zoology at North Carolina State University, Joy made her debut in the pharmaceutical industry in 1992 at Pharmacia & UpJohn performing Environmental Monitoring and Sterility Testing. Her hard work allowed her to move into a supervisory role at Abbott Laboratories where she oversaw their Quality Control Lab. In 1998 Joy moved to Wyeth Lederle and worked in Quality Assurance, performing GMP Compliance audits, batch record reviews, and holding annual GMP training for new employees. After working in Quality Assurance for a few years, Joy moved into Equipment Qualification and Cleaning Validation at Mallinckrodt. With 10 years of experience as a consultant, and over 20 years total experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, Joy has gained extensive knowledge of Quality Assurance, Process and Cleaning Validation, and Equipment Qualification. She has written and executed Equipment Qualification and Validation Protocols for numerous Companies such as Mallinckrodt, Wyeth Lederle, Merck, BioMerieux, Catalent, and Phillips Medisize. Her knowledge, experience, and strong work ethic have made her a highly sought-after engineer in both the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Joy specializes in Equipment Qualification, Sterilization, Cleaning Validation, and GMP Compliance Auditing. In 2013 Joy started her own company, Maynard Consulting Company, which provides top engineers, auditors, and validation specialist to pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device clients across the United States, Canada, and the world.