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ETQ Recognized as “Best in Category” in Quality Management Software

ETQ was awarded "Best in Category" for quality management software by FeaturedCustomers in the firm's Spring 2020 market report.

Chris Nahil
By Chris Nahil
on Tue, May 19, 2020
   
ETQ Recognized as “Best in Category” in Quality Management Software

ETQ was awarded "Best in Category" for quality management software by FeaturedCustomers in the firm's Spring 2020 market...

Chris Nahil
By Chris Nahil
on Tue, May 19, 2020
4 Stats That Show How Quality Management Impacts Product Recalls

This is the the latest in a series of blog posts detailing results from ETQ's 2020 industry trends and attitudes survey on...

Chris Nahil
By Chris Nahil
on Tue, May 05, 2020
2020 Industry Survey: The Rise of Quality as a Strategic Initiative

The first in a series of blog posts that will highlight key results of a first-ever survey of senior execs and quality...

Chris Nahil
By Chris Nahil
on Tue, Apr 28, 2020
ETQ Salutes Customers Recognized for Their  Pandemic Work

Spotlighting ETQ customers on the frontlines of the effort to defeat a global pandemic

Chris Nahil
By Chris Nahil
on Wed, Apr 15, 2020
Audits in the Time of Coronavirus

In a time of staff displacement, quality audits can be done virtually with some creativity, planning and technology!

Nick Metrakos
By Nick Metrakos
on Wed, Mar 25, 2020
Top 5 Steps to Prepare for Hosting a Successful Quality Audit

We often hear, a picture is worth a thousand words, but we forget that a word is worth a thousand feelings. In just one word...

Nick Metrakos
By Nick Metrakos
on Thu, Feb 13, 2020
Operational Excellence Requires A Culture Of Quality

 

Time to use quality as an avenue for continuous improvement and operational excellence.

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Thu, Dec 19, 2019
Quality Matters: Why A Healthy Lifestyle Relies On Effective Supply Chain Management

 

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning” – Bill Gates

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Thu, Dec 05, 2019
ETQ Is Bringing Its Quality Vision To Miami

 

Registration is open for ETQ Spring Customer Conference March 2- 6 Miami, FL

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Fri, Nov 22, 2019
Why Celebrating 100 Years Of Quality Matters

 

Let's raise a glass to the quality profession on World Quality Day

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Thu, Nov 14, 2019
How Do You Create a Culture of Quality? Simple, Have A Strategy

 

A culture of quality is an essential step on the path to continuous improvement

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Nov 05, 2019
Food Safety: Foreign Materials And Pathogens Continue To Impact Product Quality

 

Dealer's Choice ... would you prefer plastic or potential  illness with your food?

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Nov 01, 2019
How Online Food Safety Loopholes Are Impacting Consumer Trust

 

The principle of caveat emptor is alive and kicking in the Amazon Marketplace ... 

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Tue, Oct 29, 2019
Quality Matters: Why The Quality You Deliver Defines Your Brand.

 

To compete in a modern marketplace, companies must make product quality a priority

Nina McIntyre
By Nina McIntyre
on Wed, Oct 23, 2019
Medical Device Security: Ongoing Threats And New FDA Guidance

 

Connected medical devices are raising the cybersecurity stakes ... 

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Oct 18, 2019
Why Supply Chain Management Requires A Digital Mindset

 

The tech requirements of Industry 4.0 are already the platform for Quality 4.0 ... 

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Mon, Oct 14, 2019
New Product Introduction: Always Expect The Unexpected

 

A new product launch is the perfect stage to highlight a company's commitment to quality.

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Tue, Oct 08, 2019
Quality Matters: Allergen Awareness, HACCP Violations and Chicken-Fueled Brexit Food Safety Concerns
 

75 percent of the year is over, but that doesn't diminish the need for continuous improvement.

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Tue, Oct 01, 2019
Report: Quality 4.0 Adoption Will Require More Than Just Emerging Technology

 

Industry 4.0 was the catalyst, but the path to Quality 4.0 is already being mapped out

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Fri, Sep 27, 2019
Report: External Pressures Are Changing How Companies View QMS Solutions

 

Acknowledging that you need an effective QMS solution is the first step on the quality journey

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Wed, Sep 25, 2019
Fighting The Fakes: Why Counterfeits In The Supply Chain Is A Quality Problem

 

Counterfeit goods may be the cheaper quality option, but they are not a substitute for the real thing

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Thu, Sep 19, 2019
FDA Cleared vs. FDA Approved: Why the 510(k) System Is Broken and How Medical Device Manufacturers Can Reduce Risk

 

HBO's recent expose on the medical device industry flagged up some quality and compliance issues. 

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Sep 17, 2019
Report: 52% Of Children's Product Recalls Are Not Publicized On Social Media

 

Websites and social media channels should be a consumer source for product recall and quality information.

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Thu, Sep 12, 2019
HACCP 101: What Food Manufacturers Need To Know

 

Food safety should always be a priority for manufacturers, but an effective QMS process is a good place to start. 

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Sep 10, 2019
Why FDA Compliance Needs A Defined CAPA Process.

 

CAPA problems continue to bug medical device manufacturers as FDA inspections increase. 

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Sep 06, 2019
Quality Matters: Papayas, Pig Ears And Trampolines ... All Part Of August's QMS Landscape

 

Summer is over, but product recalls are not affected by the changing of the seasons. 

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Wed, Sep 04, 2019
How To Assess Risk In The Supply Chain Ecosystem

 

A weak link in the supply chain can have a significant impact on quality.

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Fri, Aug 30, 2019
Why Product Recalls Are Often A Compliance Issue

 

Regulatory compliance is both an essential part of the quality journey and a catalyst for product recalls. 

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Fri, Aug 23, 2019
ETQ's 2019 User Conference Is Focused On The Future Of Quality

 

ETQ's fall conference is coming up fast, time to start thinking about the future of quality.

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Wed, Aug 21, 2019
Report: 62 Percent Of Executives Get Business Analytics From Spreadsheets

 

Paper-based document management is still a thing ... but the time has come to leave paper behind. 

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Fri, Aug 16, 2019
Why Safety Compliance Must Be A Quality Priority For Carmakers

The auto industry is always touting the continuous improvement in the driving experience, but missing parts can be a problem.

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Wed, Aug 14, 2019
Workplace Safety: Five EHS Pitfalls That You Need To Be Aware Of.

 

Nobody wants to work in an unsafe environment, but companies can often miss hazards that create preventable EHS incidents.

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Aug 09, 2019
Quality Matters: QMS Never Takes A Vacation

 

Frogs, fish, fire and the daily work of the FDA ... just some of the QMS topics that surfaced in July. 

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Wed, Aug 07, 2019
Why Samsung's Galaxy Fold Issues Are A QMS Lesson

 

Innovation is a differentiator in the electronics industry, but product quality is what counts.

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Fri, Aug 02, 2019
Lab Safety: How QMS Software Can Prevent Costly Mistakes

 

Creating a culture of quality in the workplace starts with reducing the potential for human error. 

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Jul 30, 2019
Adoption Rates Increase As Companies Focus On AI's Potential

 

The singularity is coming closer, but humans still have a major part to play in AI adoption.  

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Fri, Jul 26, 2019
How To Make Quality Management A Recruitment Tool

 

Companies need to send the right message to attract the next generation of quality professionals.

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Jul 23, 2019
Overcoming Poor Quality In Manufacturing With Advanced Analytics

 

Automated QM solutions can ensure that quality standards are met at every step. 

Arthur Lee
By Arthur Lee
on Thu, Jul 18, 2019
Five Best Practices To Improve Employee Training

 

Employee training should be less of a necessary evil and more a path to continuous improvement. 

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Jul 16, 2019
How To Achieve Big Company Quality On A Small Company Budget

 

"At ETQ we believe that quality matters, regardless of company size. Quality is, in fact, size-less and undiscriminating."

Rob Gremley
By Rob Gremley
on Thu, Jul 11, 2019
FSVP Inspections Are Here, But Are You Ready?

 

Non-compliance with U.S. food safety standards could create a quality issue for importers.

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Jul 09, 2019
Summer's Here, But We Are Thinking About The Fall

 

October is a few months away but registration for the 2019 ETQ Product Strategy and Training Conference is open.

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Wed, Jul 03, 2019
Quality Matters: Dispatches From The QMS Front Line

 

Quality is under pressure every day. Our new monthly round-up provides a few highlights. 

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Mon, Jul 01, 2019
How To Map ISO 14001:2015 To Your EHS Management System

 

Environmental compliance should be a priority for every company, but an EHS management system helps ... 

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Thu, Jun 27, 2019
Report: 64 Percent Of Electronics Manufacturers Have Product Quality Issues

 

Complex hardware plus short product lifecycles equals quality management problems.

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Tue, Jun 25, 2019
ISO Certification: Why Life Sciences Companies Should Be Aware Of Its Benefits

 

Compliance with regulatory standards does not mean that life sciences companies should ignore ISO standards.

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Jun 21, 2019
Report: Why Companies Should Align EHS Processes With QMS Software

 

23 percent of companies have integrated EHS and quality management software into one business unit. 

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Thu, Jun 20, 2019
Cloud vs On-Premise: Why A SaaS Solution Is The Way Forward

 

Cloud adoption rates show no signs of slowing down. 

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Thu, Jun 13, 2019
Behavior-based Safety: What You Need To Know

 

BBS and Batman were both born in the 1930s, and still relevant in the 21st century ... 

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Jun 11, 2019
ETQ Is Buckling Up (Again) And Heading Back To Texas

 

Save the date ... the ETQ team will be back in Texas in October. 

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Fri, Jun 07, 2019
How To Avoid Frequent Food Safety Compliance Mistakes

 

The food safety landscape is set to be transformed ... FSMA is here, and quality is its focus. 

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Wed, Jun 05, 2019
How To Map Your QMS To EU MDR Requirements

 

The EU's revision of medical device legislation was long overdue ... but what is the impact?

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, May 31, 2019
Farouk Systems: Doing the Right Thing by Understanding the “Speed of Quality.”

Product recalls are never welcome, but quality wins when the recall is done right.  

Rob Gremley
By Rob Gremley
on Tue, May 28, 2019
ETQ @ ASQ's WCQI ... What We Learned In Texas

 

ASQ's annual conference confirmed that quality is the glue that holds everything together.

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Fri, May 24, 2019
Why Quality Matters ...

 

Product quality is always personal and subjective but we think about it on a 24/7 basis ... 

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Mon, May 20, 2019
Driving Quality Forward: What You Need To Know About ETQ At ASQ

 

Quality creates value and ETQ is coming to Texas to prove it. 

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Thu, May 16, 2019
Why ETQ Is Buckling Up And Heading To Texas

ASQ's annual conference is an event that ETQ looks forward to every year.

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Tue, May 14, 2019
Webinar: How To Prepare For FDA Migration To ISO 13485 And MDSAP

 

ISO 13485 and MDSAP ... moving towards international harmony in the medical devices sector.

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Mon, May 06, 2019
Buckle Up, The ETQ Blog Is Back

Guess who's back, back again ... the blog's back, tell a friend. 

David Bolton
By David Bolton
on Wed, May 01, 2019
ETQ: New Home, New C-Suite, Same Focus on Quality, EHS and Compliance Management

Since its founding in 1992, ETQ has set the standard for delivering best-in-class quality, EHS and compliance management...

Rob Gremley
By Rob Gremley
on Wed, Dec 05, 2018
4 Quality Lessons Medical Device Manufacturers Can Learn from Tech Giants

Patient-centricity is a buzzword in life sciences, part of a push for innovation made difficult by complex regulations and...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Thu, Sep 06, 2018
How Does Quality 4.0 Fit into My Quality Plan

A major misconception about Quality 4.0 is that it is meant to completely replace your current quality management practices.

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Thu, Aug 30, 2018
A Goofus and Gallant Tale of EHS Management

When I was a kid, I loved reading Highlights magazine. It always had really solid knock-knock jokes there, as well as...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Thu, Aug 23, 2018
4 Things Life Sciences Companies Should Know About FDA Warning Letters

The number of warning letters handed out by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been on a steady rise over the...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Aug 17, 2018
4 Ways to Leverage Data for Operational Excellence

Data can be a gift and a curse when it comes to operational excellence. For some companies, ineffective practices make data...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Tracking Waste: How to Avoid Common RCRA Pitfalls

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is the main U.S. law governing hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Thu, Aug 09, 2018
6 Ways You Could Be Using Your EHS Software More Effectively

Nearly 3 in 4 Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) professionals say their department is understaffed. Whether due to...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Thu, Aug 02, 2018
Understanding Gartner's 5 Dimensions of Manufacturing Maturity

Gartner recently released a report as guidance for organizations to build more efficient manufacturing process while keeping...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Thu, Jul 26, 2018
9 Free OSHA Resources to Help Companies Improve Safety

Where do you start if you need to create a comprehensive employee safety program from scratch? What can you do if your...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Thu, Jul 19, 2018
ISO 13485 Countdown: 5 Critical Tasks to Focus on Now

The clock is ticking: in less than a year—February 28, 2019—previous ISO 13485:2003 certificates will no longer be valid....

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Thu, Jul 12, 2018
3 Steps to Achieving Manufacturing Operational Excellence

Gartner’s five stage manufacturing maturity model helps organizations improve their manufacturing processes and supply chain...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Thu, Jul 05, 2018
150,000 Tons of Food is Wasted in the US: How Automation Can Help

Americans waste 150,000 tons of food each day, which is the equivalent to a pound per person, says the Guardian. According...

Emily Ysaguirre
By Emily Ysaguirre
on Fri, Jun 29, 2018
Industrial Hygiene Trends [Infographic]

Industrial Hygiene (IH) software helps perform qualitative assessments utilizing Similar Exposure Group (SEG) methodologies...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Wed, Jun 27, 2018
Using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIot) to Improve Quality

Disruptive technologies like ride-sharing, 3D printing and self-driving vehicles are driving rapid transformation across...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Jun 22, 2018
What Does EU’s New MDR Mean for Small to Medium-Sized Companies?

As of 2020, medical device companies that market products in Europe will be subject to a much larger set of requirements...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Mon, Jun 18, 2018
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for EHS: Risks and Rewards

TechTarget defines an Internet of Things device as “any nonstandard computing device that connects wirelessly to a network...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Jun 15, 2018
Documentation Requirements in ISO 13485 - Start with a Quality Management System (QMS)

When it comes to ISO certifications, one thing companies can count on is a mountain of documentation.

It’s especially true...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Jun 08, 2018
3 Ways Blockchain is Transforming Manufacturing

Traditional business methods are enough to handle basic manufacturing processes but can’t keep up with the pace at which...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Mon, Jun 04, 2018
Using the Quality Management System (QMS) to Support the 8 Principles of Total Quality Management (TQM)

Total Quality Management (TQM) emerged in the 1980s in response to economic losses experienced due to Japanese manufacturers...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Jun 01, 2018
MDR and IVDR - What Medical Device Manufacturers Need to Know About New EU Standards

Big changes are on the horizon for medical device manufacturers who market and sell their devices in Europe. On May 5, 2017...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Mon, May 28, 2018
How the Internet of Things Can Transform Manufacturing Safety

More than 1 in 3 U.S. manufacturers are using smart sensors to collect and analyze data to improve their processes. The...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, May 25, 2018
Why Innovation is Key to Food Waste Reduction in the Supply Chain

Pressure to reduce food industry waste is transforming the way companies operate. Here, we take a look at how innovative...

Tim Lozier
By Tim Lozier
on Wed, May 23, 2018
5 Most Useful Resources for Starting Out in Quality

If you’re just getting started as a quality professional, it can be overwhelming. If you’re unfamiliar with the industry,...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Mon, May 21, 2018
5 Tips for Automating Your Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Compliance Management Processes

More and more life science companies are moving towards an automated GMP compliance management system, with the goal of...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, May 18, 2018
6 Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Training Trends  to Start Incorporating Now

Training your employees should be more than just having them memorize processes and testing them on safety procedures. The...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Mon, May 14, 2018
The FDA Issued Its First Mandatory Recall—What Does This Mean for Food & Beverage Organizations?

On April 3, 2018, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first ever mandatory recall to Triangle...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Sat, May 12, 2018
How Machine Learning Can Transform Quality Management

Services like Netflix, Google and Facebook are known for using predictive technology to learn our preferences and provide...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, May 11, 2018
7 QMS Tools to Exhibit 21 CFR Part 820 Compliance for Medical Devices

 

How a Quality Management System Can Ensure Compliance With FDA 21 CFR Part 820

21 CFR Part 820 contains a huge number of...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Mon, May 07, 2018
EHS Managers: Automate EHS Management with These 6 Software Tools

Spending on cloud computing will hit $162 billion by 2020, growing at more than six times the rate of IT spending as a...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, May 04, 2018
Innovation Trend – The Cloud-based Enterprise Quality Management System

The cloud-based QEHS system gives businesses both agility and control as they extend their quality culture across all...

Sean Salvas
By Sean Salvas
on Wed, May 02, 2018
The Risk Management Toolbox [Infographic]

Risk Management tools help organizations make better decisions, filter events and prevent risk within the compliance system.

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Mon, Apr 30, 2018
Q&A: What’s the Impact of New EU Medical Device Regulations (MDR)?

The most sweeping European medical device regulations in decades are slated to go into effect in 2020, leaving many...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Apr 27, 2018
Visibility and Control ‒ Why Now Is the Time to Automate Your EHS Processes

EHS management software gives you visibility of data and control over processes.

Sean Salvas
By Sean Salvas
on Wed, Apr 25, 2018
EHS 4.0: What You Need to Know About the Digital Transformation

 

Environmental, health and safety (EHS) management has always had three main goals: to keep people safe, minimize negative...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Mon, Apr 23, 2018
7 Signs of a Strong Culture of Quality

Ask any expert, and you’ll get varying answers on what makes a quality culture. Definitions often center on a set of shared...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Apr 20, 2018
The Case for an Integrated Quality Management and EHS System

By bringing together quality management and environmental health and safety (EHS), the integrated QEHS system is a powerful...

Sean Salvas
By Sean Salvas
on Wed, Apr 18, 2018
What the FDA is Doing About Illicit Opioid Sales

What’s Going On?

FDA chief Scott Gottlieb addressed social media leaders in a speech on April 4, 2018, drawing attention to...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Tue, Apr 17, 2018
Getting Ready for GDPR

Going into effect May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represents the most sweeping changes to EU...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Mon, Apr 16, 2018
How Product Stewardship Impacts EHSQ Performance

Once upon a time, few people gave any thought to the fate of what happened to light bulbs, paint cans, computers and...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Apr 13, 2018
How Quality Management Systems Take the Crisis Out of Food Recalls

Food recalls present a real crisis for manufacturers and producers, but the proper use of food safety management systems...

Tim Lozier
By Tim Lozier
on Wed, Apr 11, 2018
The Industry 4.0 Approach to Quality

Experts are calling Industry 4.0 the fourth Industrial Revolution (hence the 4.0). The concept represents a push towards...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Mon, Apr 09, 2018
What Are the Changes in ISO 13485:2016?

Transitioning to the New 13485:2016 Standard - Ensuring Compliance

If your organization is one of the more than 59,000...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Apr 06, 2018
Selecting an Enterprise Quality Management System for Your Business

Whether you’re looking to make your first investment in an Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS) or replace your...

Sean Salvas
By Sean Salvas
on Wed, Apr 04, 2018
4 Hidden Costs of Poor Document Control [Infographic]

Poorly controlled documents are a huge source of risk in organizations today,costing millions in profits and productivity...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Mon, Apr 02, 2018
Data Harmonization in Europe’s Life Sciences ‒ How a Quality Management System Can Help

A quality management system can help your life sciences company deal with new EU regulations and cope with the demands of...

Tony Parise
By Tony Parise
on Wed, Mar 28, 2018
ISO 45001—What You Need to Know

Why ISO 45001? What Does It Mean to EHS Leaders?

Did you know that over 7,600 people die each day from work-related...

Sean Salvas
By Sean Salvas
on Tue, Mar 27, 2018
3 Things You Need to Know About the MDSAP

Audits are an essential part of the Life Sciences as they ensure manufacturers are producing safe products and operating...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Mon, Mar 26, 2018
Risk-Based Regulatory Compliance for Manufacturing: A Practical 4-Step Approach

In 2015, the Code of Federal Regulations totaled nearly 180,000 pages of requirements. While not all of these will apply to...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Mar 23, 2018
A Checklist for Adopting Risk-Based Thinking in Your Enterprise

To introduce risk-based thinking across your organization ‒ as mandated in ISO 9001 and other important standards ‒ follow...

Sean Salvas
By Sean Salvas
on Wed, Mar 21, 2018
Comparing ISO 9001 & ISO 13485: Differences Between the Two Standards

ISO 13485 for medical device quality management shares many similarities with ISO 9001, the leading global quality...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Mon, Mar 19, 2018
What Can We Learn from the FIU Bridge Collapse?

Six people were killed in the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University on March 15.

The bridge,...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Mon, Mar 19, 2018
Using Technology to Support Behavior Based Safety Programs 

Look at leading organizations with low incidence rates, and you’ll notice one thing many of them have in common: behavior...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Mar 16, 2018
How Pharma Companies Can Manage Clinical Trial Risks with Document Control

Pharmaceuticals companies who want to reduce the risks of clinical trials need to realize that their document and data...

Tony Parise
By Tony Parise
on Wed, Mar 14, 2018
Reducing Overdue Corrective Actions: A Practical Guide

Imagine a situation where your plant has a huge backlog of corrective actions 30, 60, even 90 days overdue. Defects and...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Mon, Mar 12, 2018
4 Ways to Manage Post Market Events in Life Sciences

You have a solid quality system in place for product design, production and testing. Your medical devices pass all tests...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Fri, Mar 09, 2018
EtQ Case Study – Maple Leaf Farms Selects EtQ Reliance™ to Standardize Enterprise-Wide

EtQ has helped Maple Leaf Farms address challenges, such as allowing Quality Assurance to directly initiate Corrective...

Tim Lozier
By Tim Lozier
on Wed, Mar 07, 2018
The 3 Step Process for Building Emergency Preparedness Plans with EHS Software

Emergency Preparedness Plans (EPPs) let you record personnel, equipment and external parties associated with emergency ...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Mon, Mar 05, 2018
Document Control for Food Safety: 7 Gaps to Watch Out For

Imagine the following situation: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inspecting your facility, and regulators ask...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Mar 02, 2018
How Companies Like Siemens Manage Cyber Risk

Cybersecurity risk management is an area all businesses need to address.

Sean Salvas
By Sean Salvas
on Wed, Feb 28, 2018
4 Best Practices for Leading Metrics

The ECA Academy shared that in 2016, most GMP inspection deficiencies involved quality systems—more specifically, the...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Mon, Feb 26, 2018
4 Ways EHSQ Software Streamlines Waste Management

Improving waste management is a top priority for many companies in the EHS industry.

As environmental initiatives gain...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Risk-Based Thinking ‒ Your FAQs

The questions you’ve always wanted to ask about risk-based thinking, and how to roll out risk management best practices...

Sean Salvas
By Sean Salvas
on Wed, Feb 21, 2018
5 Questions for Your Corrective Actions

Danish physicist Niels Bohr once said, “Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Avoid FDA Warning Letters with These 4 Document Control Best Practices

Incomplete records stuffed in the trash, with the signatures still showing. Blank forms issued complete with signatures....

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Feb 16, 2018
EU GDPR Data Protection Regulations ‒ Four Ways to Manage the Risks

Are you ready for the GDPR? This new EU data protection regulation poses new risks for organization of all shapes and sizes.

Tony Parise
By Tony Parise
on Wed, Feb 14, 2018
3 Ways EHS Software Helps You Maintain Chemical Compliance

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act, the EPA is given the authority to issue regulations regarding the exposure to, testing...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Mon, Feb 12, 2018
How Different Industries Use Bowtie Risk Assessment

When it comes to making decisions informed by risk, each industry has its preferred risk assessment tools. A risk matrix is...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Feb 09, 2018
Quality Innovation Trend – The Risk Register

Businesses are becoming more risk-conscious, bringing risk management tools such as the Risk Register to the fore.

Sean Salvas
By Sean Salvas
on Wed, Feb 07, 2018
Employee Training Tips for a GMP Compliant Workforce

Is your employee training program proactive, looking forward and evolving to incorporate lessons learned? Or is it reactive,...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Feb 06, 2018
4 Benefits of Using a Centralized Solution for Water Management

Water and wastewater management are closely tied with energy use, environmental impact and employee safety, as each of these...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Mon, Feb 05, 2018
5 Quality Management Trends to Watch for in 2018

Technology, business best practices and quality management all saw substantial growth and change in 2017. We don’t...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Fri, Feb 02, 2018
Europe's Aging Population ‒ Are Your Valued Older Workers Really a Health & Safety Risk?

There’s a short answer to this question. No, older people shouldn’t be a considered a health and safety risk even though the...

Sean Salvas
By Sean Salvas
on Wed, Jan 31, 2018
Document Control as the Foundation of ISO Standards

ISO standards are the backbone of quality management. They set detailed criteria for best practices for quality management...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Mon, Jan 29, 2018
How a Good Corrective Action Plan Helps You Comply with ISO 13485:2016

ISO 13485:2016, A Review

ISO 13485:2016 is the latest revision of the standards for quality management systems in medical...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Fri, Jan 26, 2018
Quality Standard in Focus – ISO 31000

Compliance with ISO 31000 in combination with an Enterprise Quality Management System will provide the platform your...

Sean Salvas
By Sean Salvas
on Wed, Jan 24, 2018
Best Practices in Automated Industrial Hygiene Management

Humans have been concerned with industrial hygiene since ancient times, when in the 4th Century B.C., Greek physician...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Mon, Jan 22, 2018
7 Strategies for More Engaging Employee Training

A large study of over 4,000 workers showed that nearly 3 in 4 employees don’t think they’re achieving their full potential. Add...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Jan 19, 2018
Sugar Tax ‒ Risk or Opportunity for UK Food and Drink?

In 2015, the UK sugar tax seemed to be a huge looming risk for the industry, but since then have food and drink producers...

Tim Lozier
By Tim Lozier
on Wed, Jan 17, 2018
3 Reasons Why Audits and Corrective Action Software Are a Dynamic Duo

Audits are more than just sets of checklists, and corrective actions are more than just band aids for your organization.

They...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Mon, Jan 15, 2018
3 Water Management Pitfalls and How EHS Software Helps You Avoid Them

EHS software is helpful in managing a number of processes, but it’s essential for water management.

Like any process, there...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Fri, Jan 12, 2018
Supporting Risk-Based Thinking Across Your Business

EtQ’s Tim Lozier looks at the role that risk-based thinking can play in safeguarding both business and reputation.

Sean Salvas
By Sean Salvas
on Wed, Jan 10, 2018
3 Elements of Effective Corrective Actions

Many quality or Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) management professionals rely on Corrective Action software everyday...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Jan 09, 2018
How Should Europe's Medical Device Industry Manage the Cyber Threat?

Medical device cybersecurity is a crucial issue for the healthcare industry ‒ manufacturers must learn to manage risk...

Tony Parise
By Tony Parise
on Wed, Jan 03, 2018
4 Tips for Improving Employee Safety with Industrial Hygiene

Industrial hygiene prepares organizations for a number of environmental stressors—chemical, physical and biological—that may...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Tue, Jan 02, 2018
How EHS Software Can Keep You Audit Ready

Think for a moment about the last time a safety auditor came to your facility. Were you nervous? Did you feel ready? Were...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Dec 29, 2017
5 Operational Excellence Myths and Facts

When you hear the term operational excellence, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it:

  1. Just another worthless...
Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Thu, Dec 28, 2017
The Quality and Compliance Management Guide to Stranger Things
The second season of Stranger Things was released by Netflix on October 27 th . Hopefully by now you’ve binge watched it...
Emily Ysaguirre
By Emily Ysaguirre
on Fri, Dec 22, 2017
Happy Winter Solstice [Comic Strip]

It’s that time of year again! Winter Solstice, December 21st, is marked as the shortest day of the year and the start of...

Emily Ysaguirre
By Emily Ysaguirre
on Thu, Dec 21, 2017
Document Control for Food Safety: Common Mistakes and Best Practices

Ask the average food manufacturer today about their Document Control system, and more often than not they’ll likely start...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Dec 19, 2017
5 Steps of an Effective Corrective Action Plan to Ensure a Streamlined Process

When it comes to solving problems that arise in manufacturing, identifying the cause of what went wrong is top priority. But...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Dec 15, 2017
Q&A: EHS Expert Talks Latest Developments, Most Impactful EHS Software Solutions and More

The Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) landscape is rapidly evolving. Safety and sustainability are initiatives that...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Thu, Dec 14, 2017
The Charles Dickens Guide to Quality and Safety

Author Charles Dickens was famous for his depictions of 19th Century life and the effects of the Industrial Revolution on...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Dec 12, 2017
5 Ways Cloud-Based QMS Software Can Help with Task Management

If you’ve watched the hit satire Portlandia, you might remember a sketch where Fred Armisen is frantically switching back...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Dec 08, 2017
4 Risk Management Gaps and Opportunities [Infographic]

To achieve operational excellence, you need a comprehensive, forward-thinking approach to managing safety and quality risks.

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Thu, Dec 07, 2017
A Checklist for Improving Your EHS Culture

It can be difficult to know where to start with cultural change. Apply our plan-do-check-act framework and your EHS culture...

Tim Lozier
By Tim Lozier
on Wed, Dec 06, 2017
Ask a 70s Pop Deejay Anything About Quality Management

If you’re a fan of the satirical news site, The Onion, you might be familiar with the advice columns with titles like “Ask...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Dec 05, 2017
EtQ Announces the Release of Verse Solutions 12.0e

EtQ is pleased to announce the latest release of Verse Solutions, 12.0e.  Two key additions to the latest release include a...

Emily Ysaguirre
By Emily Ysaguirre
on Mon, Dec 04, 2017
3 Types of Leading Indicators for EHS Management

You hear it all the time on Car Talk, the classic radio show where mechanics Tom and Ray (aka “Click and Clack”) dispense...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Dec 01, 2017
How Are European Manufacturing Businesses Like Nestle Reducing Emissions?

The Paris Agreement to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has the support of nearly 200 nations worldwide, but what...

Tim Lozier
By Tim Lozier
on Wed, Nov 29, 2017
EtQ Announces Latest Culture Ambassador Award Winners

It’s that time again! Time to applaud the newest Culture Ambassador Award Winners, Annamarie DiMezza and Ala’ Khalil. The...

Emily Ysaguirre
By Emily Ysaguirre
on Tue, Nov 28, 2017
4 Benefits of Using a Cloud-Based Quality Management System to Improve Traceability

If you’ve seen The Secret Life of Pets, you probably remember the scene where dogs Max and Duke happen upon a sausage...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Nov 24, 2017
Thoughts from the EtQ Family: What We’re Thankful For

It’s that time of year again—time to celebrate family, friends and food. But most importantly, it’s time to reflect on what...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Wed, Nov 22, 2017
EtQ Case Study – Kimberly-Clark Corporation Integrates Safety, Environmental, and Quality Workflows to Support a Quality Culture Across the Enterprise

In our latest case study, Kimberly-Clark integrates several siloed systems into a single harmonized quality and health and...

Tim Lozier
By Tim Lozier
on Wed, Nov 22, 2017
What to Expect from EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference

EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference will take place from November 28th to November 30th in Atlanta, GA and EtQ is...

Emily Ysaguirre
By Emily Ysaguirre
on Tue, Nov 21, 2017
How to Turn Challenges into Opportunities with a Quality Management System (QMS)

Everyone faces challenges, personally and with their businesses. People say the true mark of character is how you respond to...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Fri, Nov 17, 2017
5 Processes Where Quality and EHS Convergence Makes Complete Sense

Quality and EHS convergence brings opportunities to streamline business processes and get a better view of compliance across...

Tim Lozier
By Tim Lozier
on Wed, Nov 15, 2017
A Dog’s Guide to Quality Management Software

Gone are the days when most dogs were relegated to a lonely backyard existence, when a pup might never set foot in the house...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Nov 14, 2017
The Bare Necessities of Quality Management Software: 5 Lessons from the Jungle Book

There are many life lessons taught in The Jungle Book. Some of my favorite quotes from the book that can be applied to ...

Emily Ysaguirre
By Emily Ysaguirre
on Fri, Nov 10, 2017
Supporting a Quality and Safety Culture Across Your Business – Your FAQs

The questions you’ve always wanted to ask about the role of quality management systems and processes in underpinning quality...

Sean Salvas
By Sean Salvas
on Wed, Nov 08, 2017
Tips for Managing the Top 5 Life Sciences Risks [Infographic]
Life sciences companies face risks that threaten product quality, patient safety and profitability--this infographic reviews...
Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Nov 07, 2017
The Samurai Approach to Quality Management

Samurai warriors are symbols of discipline and nobility. But they didn’t just get there overnight—they dedicated their lives...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Thu, Nov 02, 2017
Costume Ideas for Your Quality Themed Halloween Party

Scrambling to find a last-minute costume for your quality themed Halloween party? Don’t worry, we’ve got a few ideas for you.

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Tue, Oct 31, 2017
What Can BP Do to Improve its Safety Culture?

Almost 30 accidents occurred this year at BP’s operations site in Alaska. Of those incidents, five were considered “Tier 1...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Wed, Oct 25, 2017
EHS Innovation Trend – Emerging Solutions to Support Your EHS Culture

Behind the hype, how will the Internet of Things and wearable devices transform quality and health and safety processes in...

Tim Lozier
By Tim Lozier
on Wed, Oct 25, 2017
Come Visit EtQ at the NAEM EHS & Sustainability Management Forum

EtQ is excited to attend the 25th annual NAEM EHS & Sustainability Management Forum in Fort Lauderdale, FL from October 25th...

Emily Ysaguirre
By Emily Ysaguirre
on Mon, Oct 23, 2017
How to Prepare for Incidents with EHS Management Software

Earlier this week, seven people were hospitalized after an explosion at what was believed to at first have been an oil rig,...

Emily Ysaguirre
By Emily Ysaguirre
on Thu, Oct 19, 2017
How Companies Like Aviva Are Using Gamification to Bring Health and Safety to Life

 Mothercare and Aviva are among the organizations using gamification in their health and safety programs to strengthen...

Tim Lozier
By Tim Lozier
on Wed, Oct 18, 2017
How Wearable Technology Can Improve Aviation Safety

According to Forbes, the wearable tech market will be worth $34 billion by 2020, with experts predicting over 400 million...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Quality Standard in Focus – ISO 14001: 2015

The 2015 revision of ISO 14001 can help you embed improved sustainability practices throughout your business in support of...

Tim Lozier
By Tim Lozier
on Wed, Oct 11, 2017
Best Practices for Prioritizing Pharmaceutical Serialization

The 2013 Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) is full swing in its implementation phase. This act hopes to drastically...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Tue, Oct 10, 2017
Do You Know the True Cost of EHS Risk? [Infographic]

Ineffective EHS risk management practices contribute to huge costs at U.S. companies, causing a drag on the entire economy....

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Thu, Oct 05, 2017
How Can European Food Producers Halve “Farm to Fork” Food Waste?

European food producers are a few small improvements away from halving the amount of farm to fork food waste they produce. 

Tim Lozier
By Tim Lozier
on Wed, Oct 04, 2017
Operational Excellence in Food and Beverage: What Are Market Leaders Doing?

Research by the Aberdeen Group shows that operational excellence leaders in food and beverage outperform their profit margin...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Mon, Oct 02, 2017
Mapping Your Food Safety Management System to ISO 22000: Key Tools and Processes

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is currently in the process of updating ISO 22000 for Food Safety...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Sep 29, 2017
Supporting a Quality and Safety Culture Across Your Business

EtQ’s Doug Hatler looks at the growing trend for automated quality and health and safety processes, and what it might mean...

Sean Salvas
By Sean Salvas
on Wed, Sep 27, 2017
A Look into Artificial Intelligence in Medical Devices

Sharing a name with one of the most popular Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies of current times (thanks for that,...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Mon, Sep 25, 2017
How European Pharma Companies like GlaxoSmithKline Address Staff Wellbeing

We examine five examples of major pharmaceutical companies that are attempting to improve staff wellbeing

Alexandre Alain
By Alexandre Alain
on Thu, Sep 21, 2017
New Video: A Quality Management Platform for Businesses of Every Size

Humans are a progressive species, always looking to innovate and move forward. But with progress comes change, and change...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Wed, Sep 20, 2017

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