From Patient to Partner – How Today's Healthcare is all about the Consumer

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Sep 28, 2016 / by Alexandre Alain

With Patients New at the Center of the Consumer Healthcare Industry, Pharma is Pulling Out All the Stops to Make Sure Their Demands Are Met

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Life Sciences Healthcare

Steps You Can Take Now to Manage Recalls Better in the Future

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Sep 27, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Drug recalls by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have skyrocketed in recent years, reaching more than 9,000 recalls in 2015.

And while nobody likes to think about the possibility of a recall, having a plan ahead of time can mean the difference between a streamlined recall and widespread public scandal.

The steps discussed in this post can help set you up for a smooth recall process, even if you outsource recall management to an outside consulting firm.

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Life Sciences

5 Things My Dog Taught Me About Risk Management

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Sep 22, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

I’ll admit it—I’m one of those crazy dog people. My dog has multiple beds throughout the house (including my own), I buy her special food from a refrigerator in the dog food aisle and I watch her on a webcam when I go out of town.

I’ve also taught her a lot of cool tricks, and along the way she’s taught me a lot as well, particularly when it comes to risk management. If you’re a dog lover too, you understand how much chaos these furry beasts we live with can create.

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Fun Takes

8 Ways European Consumers are Changing Their Food Habits

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Sep 21, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

Key Market and Behavioral Drivers Are Shaping New Food Habits Among European Consumers

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Food and Beverage Europe

EHS Risk Management 101: 6 Places To Assess Risk

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Sep 20, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Risk management is critical to achieving EHS goals like preventing injuries and staying in compliance. However, the trick is knowing when and how to apply Risk Management tools appropriately.

In this post, we’ll look at 6 areas to leverage quantitative Risk Assessment tools to make sure you’re getting the most from your EHS Management System.

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EHS Risk Management

4 Reasons Why Captain Kirk Needs an SMS

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Sep 15, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Star Trek Beyond was released this summer, the latest installment in the modern reboot of the popular franchise. As a closet trekkie, I was more than a little excited. With the new release, I got to thinking about how despite all the advanced technology on the USS Enterprise, what the crew doesn’t have is a Safety Management System (SMS).

And really, when you look at Captain Kirk’s track record, it’s clear he really could have used one.

Let’s look at 4 key situations where an SMS would make a difference to the captain and his crew.

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Fun Takes

How Companies like Jaguar Land Rover are Fostering an Enterprise-Wide Quality Culture

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Sep 14, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

How to Establish an Enterprise-Wide Quality Culture That Will Drive Your Business’s Growth and Profitability

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Quality Management

FSMA is Getting Closer Every Day: Is Your Company Ready?

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Sep 13, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the seven foundational rules central to the sweeping Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2015 and 2016. Companies have 1 to 3 years to comply with the new rules, depending on the rule and the size of the organization.

And while many companies have been taking steps for some time to ensure compliance with the new rules, others are either unprepared or underprepared for the changes that are currently underway.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at 3 key areas where food manufacturers need to be ready, or well on their way. 

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Food and Beverage

7 Must-Haves for Supplier Quality Agreements

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Sep 08, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Supply chain failure is considered a top threat to life science companies, second only to intellectual property theft. Despite the risks, the market for contract manufacturers continues to grow at a rapid pace. In fact, experts predict the global contract manufacturing market for pharmaceuticals will exceed $79 billion in 2019.

There are several reasons for this rapid growth:

  • Contract manufacturing allows companies to increase capacity without the overhead of increasing their own staff and production capabilities. This lets companies move more drugs through the pipeline of FDA approvals faster.
  • For some startups with almost no manufacturing capability, it is the only route to manufacturing their products.
  • Suppliers and contract manufacturers can provide specialized expertise that helps expedite the drug development and manufacturing process.

To achieve these benefits while mitigating the risks, many companies turn to supplier quality agreements as a way to ensure compliance with internal and regulatory standards.

In this post, we’ll look at 7 must-haves for your supplier quality agreements. 

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Life Sciences

How Talent and Skills Affect Quality and the Bottom Line

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Sep 07, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

With Better Talent Management, Your Business Can Drive Bottom Line Success Through Quality and Compliance

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Quality Management Compliance Management

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