The EtQ Team Applies Lessons from Quality Management during Habitat for Humanity Build

Posted by Emily Ysaguirre on Thu, Jul 30, 2015

The EtQ family recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity build. Habitat for Humanity is a great cause that helps an individual with building an affordable home at a cost much lower than comparable houses. The organization accepts volunteers from around the world who are interested in donating materials, money or their time. I have to say, going from no experience in construction to helping build a house all within one day is a pretty fulfilling feeling. We laughed, we cried— I’m kidding there was no crying (surprisingly)—but there definitely was plenty of laughter!

Looking back on the experience, I realized that the lessons we used to ensure a successful day were traits that you’ll find in the best Quality Management Systems (QMS).

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Environmental Monitoring 101 (Podcast)

Posted by Traci Slowinski on Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Listeria, Salmonella and E. coli related recalls, USDA ready to eat (RTE) requirements, the new upcoming FSMA proposals—it is becoming clear that all food and beverage businesses need to have an effective Environmental Monitoring program. Pathogen Environmental Monitoring (PEM) programs are often considered a prerequisite program within your HACCP plan. Basically it helps to verify that your sanitation and cross-contamination prevention efforts are effective. It can help to identify and locate any pathogenic hazards within your facility. Once identified, you can put a plan in place to mitigate this risk. While the ultimate goal is to keep foodborne pathogens out of your facility and out of your product, we know this can be very challenging. Therefore, implementing a PEM program in order to find any rogue pathogens hiding out in your facility is critical to your food safety program. So, what makes up a good PEM program?

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The Importance of a Risk-based Approach and the Secret to Medical Device Innovation

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, Jul 23, 2015

In this week’s Life Sciences roundup, we compiled articles for both Pharma and Medical Device. Learn how to take a risk-based approach to data integrity, watch a video for tips on getting that Medtech “lightbulb moment” and learn four reasons you should consider moving compliance management to the cloud.

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4 Advantages of Integrating eMDR into your Compliance Management System

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, Jul 21, 2015

As of August 14, 2015, medical device manufacturers will be required to submit all medical device reports via the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) electronic gateway. It’s a critical tool for helping the agency and manufacturers more quickly respond to adverse events, with implications for shortening product innovation cycles and creating better products for the consumer.

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Food Safety Management Roundup: How to Reduce Your Risk of Listeria

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, Jul 16, 2015

With Listeria contamination making headlines recently, this week’s roundup focuses on topics about how you can reduce your risk for Listeria and provides an overview on how it is creeping into our foods. Finally, our blog post spotlight for this week gives you 6 tips for finding a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) vendor.

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4 Hidden Costs of Aviation Safety Point Solutions

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, Jul 14, 2015

From Corrective Action to Audit Management, Employee Training software to Incident Reporting, it’s easy to end up with a patchwork of point solutions if you’re not looking at the bigger picture of your organization’s safety needs.

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Preparing for the Audit, Mobility and the Hitchhiker's Guide to Quality Management Systems

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, Jul 09, 2015

In this week’s roundup, we reached into the EtQ archives to take a look back on our previous blog posts. Read on as we show you how the Quality Management System (QMS) will help you prepare for your audit, what you really need in a mobile QMS solution and 8 things to look for in a corrective action system. Finally, join us as we take a journey across the quality universe in our hitchhiker's guide to QMS.

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The Quality Management Guide to Summer Vacation

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, Jul 07, 2015

 

School’s out, the kids are home, and warm weather awaits eager vacationers looking for a relaxing (or adventure-filled) getaway. To help make sure you have a fun-filled summer that meets your quality objectives, take a look at this handy quality management guide to summer vacation.

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Rethinking FMEA, Selecting the Right EQMS and 4th of July Factoids

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, Jul 02, 2015

In this week’s roundup, we compiled stories about general quality. Should you rethink your Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)? What should you look for in an Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS) provider? Read more to learn the answers to these questions from industry leaders. We conclude this week’s roundup with our Fourth of July factoids…with a Quality spin of course.

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How to Manage Food Safety Risk throughout the Supply Chain (Podcast)

Posted by Traci Slowinski on Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Risk seems to be the new buzzword in the Food and Beverage industry. Whether you are talking about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC), ISO standards or Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification, identifying and mitigating risk is a top priority for all of us. Risk has become the focal point for compliance initiatives. And risk assessment is becoming more complex as our supply chain expands. It is important to look at risk within your own facilities and it is becoming more critical than ever to also look at it throughout the whole supply chain, from farm to fork. Thankfully technology has been evolving to help address this increased risk focus. You must look beyond Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) to manage your hazards, and using risk management tools will ensure you have covered all your bases.

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