The Proactive Quality Economy and Innovation and Technology

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Feb 15, 2017 / by Brenda Percy

Over the Next 2 Months, the EtQ Blog Will Look at a Range of Innovations in Quality Management, Including the Cloud-Based Quality Management System.

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The Proactive Quality Economy – Embracing Risk

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Feb 08, 2017 / by Brenda Percy

Embracing Risk – A Second Chance to Catch Recent EtQ Blog Posts on Risk Management in a Context of Constant Change

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FDA Recommendations for Cybersecurity in Life Sciences

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Feb 07, 2017 / by Alexa Sussman

“Cybersecurity threats are real, ever-present, and continuously changing.”

That’s how Suzanne B. Schwartz of the FDA describes production and postmarket for medical devices. And it’s true, cybersecurity threats pose ever-present challenges to the Life Sciences industry, putting people’s health, safety and security at risk.

With that in mind, the FDA released official guidance for postmarket cybersecurity management.

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Life Sciences

4 Ways to Improve Traceability in Food Manufacturing

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Feb 02, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported 150 food recalls in 2015, exceeding the number of recalls for every year in the past decade. All told, the agency recalled over 21 million pounds of food over problems that include listeria and salmonella contamination, undeclared allergens and extraneous materials.

Experts say only part of that represents contaminated food, with poor traceability forcing companies to recall as much as 50% more product than is actually necessary out of an abundance of caution.

The lesson? Improving traceability not only helps protect consumers, it also helps companies execute recalls faster, at lower cost and with less damage to their reputation. Let’s look at some key areas where companies need to focus to get there.

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Food and Beverage

7 Deadly Risks of the European Pharma Industry

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Feb 01, 2017 / by Alexandre Alain

European Companies Have to Be Alert to a Number of Risks Unique to the Pharma Industry. Here We Look at the 7 Deadly Risks of the European Pharmaceutical Industry

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4 Key Elements of Reducing Aviation Risk in the SMS

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jan 31, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Air travel demand continues to increase worldwide, projected by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to grow by 2.6% annually for the next two decades. As more and more passengers take to the skies, the ability to consistently manage risk is likely to become a differentiating factor for companies hoping to grow (or maintain) a competitive advantage in the industry.

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5 Ways to Collaborate Better Using Your Quality Management System

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jan 26, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

In quality management, collaboration is the key to success. Speeding quality products to market faster requires reducing risk throughout the product lifecycle, something that’s impossible without effective collaboration.

In this sense, an automated Quality Management System (QMS) is more than just a framework for reducing defectives—it’s also a platform for streamlining the collaborative process.

This post looks at 5 ways to leverage QMS software for better collaboration, a goal that can help you save time while improving outcomes.

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Quality Management

What Do CSR Trends Mean for EHS Management?

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jan 26, 2017 / by Alexa Sussman

Forbes recently released an article called 6 CSR Trends to Watch in 2017. As Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) becomes a stronger fundamental business priority, we were thinking about the ways that these 6 shifts may impact EHS management.

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5 European Foods at Risk of Food Fraud

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jan 25, 2017 / by Tim Lozier

As Food Crime Rates Soar Across Europe, It’s Time to Take Steps to Protect Yourself from Food Fraud

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4 Metrics That Say a Lot About Your Safety Culture

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jan 24, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

When companies talk about safety performance, the focus tends to be on metrics like incidence rates, lost time injury rates and workers’ compensation costs. And while these numbers are very important, these types of rear-facing indicators only tell part of the story.

Assessing your company’s safety culture in a meaningful, data-driven way requires looking beyond the obvious. To do this, companies need to focus on leading indicators that predict future performance, not just lagging indicators like those above that only reflect the past.

With this in mind, let’s have a look at 4 types of metrics that say a lot about how proactive your safety culture truly is.

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