3 Ways to Strengthen the Quality Culture in Your Pharma Business

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Apr 26, 2017 / by Alexandre Alain

How to Embed Quality Culture at the Heart of Your Organization.

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Does Your Company Make This Common Risk Management Mistake?

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Apr 25, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

There’s a widespread misconception going around about risk management. It’s something you see in the food and beverage industry, as well as others where risk management is still a relatively new concept.

It’s a mistake that can mean the difference between identifying a problem and solving it, and ultimately, one that has a significant impact on consumer safety.

The problem? It’s thinking that risk assessment is the same thing as risk management. Let’s take a look at the difference, plus how you can better automate risk management and incorporate it into your everyday work.

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Life Sciences

Are Food Suppliers Following or Shaping the Healthy Lifestyle Agenda?

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Apr 19, 2017 / by Tim Lozier

It’s in the Interest of Food Suppliers to Promote Quality. So Why Is the Industry at Loggerheads with Government and Public Health Charities over Issues such as the Sugar Tax?

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Using Employee Perception Surveys to Measure Aviation Safety Culture

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Apr 18, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Many companies mistakenly believe compliance alone controls safety performance. In reality, many studies have proven that safety culture has just as much, if not more, influence on safety and operational excellence.

Leading companies that have cracked the code on creating an aviation safety culture recognize that you can’t manage what you don’t measure. And like anything else, measuring safety culture depends on a robust process, asking the right questions and acting on the results.

Employee perception surveys are a primary tool many companies use to gauge safety culture, revealing hidden risks and helping pinpoint opportunities for improvement.

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4 Tips for Creating and Using a Risk Matrix

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Apr 11, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

The risk matrix is a commonly used risk tool across industries ranging from quality management to finance. And while all sorts of companies like to talk about their risk-based solutions, the truth is it’s not just as simple as using these tools straight out of the box. Risk is a complex concept, and tools like a risk matrix are only useful if they are informed by data that’s highly specific to each organization.

So how do you create a risk matrix, and how do you properly use it? First you have to start by understanding the basics of how a risk matrix works, using collaboration to build a robust model so you can successfully apply it to your quality processes.

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Quality Management

4 Essential Truths About EHS and Sustainability Performance Management

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Apr 04, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

We talk a lot about EHS and sustainability on the EtQ blog. And for the most part, there is wide variation in how companies can put this advice into practice.

But no matter your industry, company or business structure, there are certain basic truths about EHS and sustainability performance management that apply to everyone. And whether you recognize these or not, these 4 truths will have a substantial impact on the outcome of your EHS and sustainability initiatives.

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5 Emerging Innovations in the Life Sciences

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Mar 29, 2017 / by Alexandre Alain

Discover How 5 Emerging Life Science Innovations Are Helping Transform the Sector Through Boosted Collaboration, Optimized Work Processes and Improved Patient Outcomes.

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Key Elements of a Quality-Safety Mindset

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Mar 28, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Imagine watching a lab employee who has just arrived at work. He verifies his training records are up to date, checks for any chemicals and reads the appropriate Safety Data Sheet (SDS) documents. He carefully inventories the items he needs, taking care to wear gloves, appropriate eyewear and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). He ensures there’s a proper waste receptacle nearby and extra beakers are on hand in case he needs to store excess samples.

He keeps meticulous records throughout his work, periodically stopping to stretch, reassess the environment and restock key supplies. When he sees something amiss with a piece of equipment, he immediately logs it into the maintenance or calibration system.

What is this employee thinking about as he goes about his preparation? Is it safety, or quality? In truth, it’s likely both. People who work safely are the ones who produce higher quality products, and a quality mindset is also one geared towards safety.

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Life Sciences

What will Predictive Analytics Mean for Compliance Management in Food and Drink?

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Mar 22, 2017 / by Tim Lozier

Now Is the Time for Food Producers to Think About How Best to Use Risk Management Data to Improve Compliance and Quality Management.

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5 Important Considerations for Your Next Change Management Initiative

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Mar 21, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Research shows a full 70 percent of organizational change projects fail, a statistic which has remained at the same level since the 1970s. It’s one reason why so many companies are hesitant to implement changes, even when the potential upside is big. 

Whether you’re looking at large-scale process change, new people or even installing new equipment, risk-based change management provides a road map for avoiding problems and capitalizing on new opportunities.

In this post, we’ll look at 5 important considerations to help your next change management initiative be successful.

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Quality Management

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