How To Map Your QMS To EU MDR Requirements

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 31, 2019 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy


Medical device manufacturers who are not up to speed with the latest European Union compliance requirements could find themselves struggling to catch up.

In May 2017, the EU adopted some of the most sweeping changes to medical device regulations in more than two decades. With the system long considered to be in need of modernization, the new rules under the EU Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR) framework have been drafted with patient safety in mind.

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Webinar: How To Prepare For FDA Migration To ISO 13485 And MDSAP

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, May 06, 2019 / by David Bolton


Media theorist Marshall McLuhan may not have had quality management for medical devices in mind when he coined the phrase “global village” in the 1960’s, but the fundamental interconnectedness of modern society has brought his concept to life. And while technology is at its core, the need for international harmony in the regulatory sphere is arguably a key QMS issue.

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ETQ Reliance 2019 Now Available

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jan 29, 2019 / by Morgan Palmer

We are excited to announce the release of ETQ Reliance 2019, a major upgrade to our flagship QMS SaaS product. The latest release of ETQ Reliance includes an entirely new User Interface (UI) and updates that improve personalization and collaboration.

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4 Quality Lessons Medical Device Manufacturers Can Learn from Tech Giants

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Sep 06, 2018 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Patient-centricity is a buzzword in life sciences, part of a push for innovation made difficult by complex regulations and long-standing corporate cultures that favor the status quo.


Compare this to the tech industry, which is constantly developing new, high-quality products that surprise and delight customers. Companies like Apple, Google and Amazon, all of whom have pushed the limit and redefined what it means to be a thought leader.


What can medical device manufacturers learn from these tech giants? Let’s look at 4 of the most important lessons companies can use to improve quality and move confidently into the next era of innovation.


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Using Quality Management Software Tools to Manage Recalls

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jul 13, 2012 / by Tim Lozier

There is a saying, “plan for the worst, and hope for the best." This is the general tone I always take when discussing Recall Management. Let's face it—no one likes talking about recalls; there is no positive side to recalls, and certainly no one "wins" when a product is recalled. This is a double whammy when you are a medical device manufacturer—not only are you recalling a defective product, but you are also facing regulatory scrutiny and potential customer endangerment. So when I speak about medical device recalls, many are apt to have a system in place to manage processes in the unfortunate event of a recall. The critical factor in this case is what system is best suited to effectively and efficiently manage the recall process?

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Sneak Preview: Complaint Handling and the Risk-Based QMS - Seminar

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Apr 19, 2012 / by Tim Lozier

Next week (April 24, 2012 at 8:30am ET to be more specific) we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Life Science Seminar in lovely Waltham Woods in Waltham, MA (wicked lovely).  This will be our third year doing this great event, and with each year, we hope to provide a venue to learn and share about the various topics in the Life Science community.  This year we have speakers from EtQ, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Celgene Corporation.

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3 Reasons to Adopt Automated Validation in Quality Management Systems

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, May 04, 2011 / by Tim Lozier

My daughter has been learning how to ride a bike for the past year.  She's actually become quite adept at it, and for someone who loves to cycle, I am certainly proud.  But there were certain obstacles to overcome to get to this point.  We started simply with the tricycle - learning to pedal.  Then we switched to a "run-bike" to help learn balance.  Now we are on a two-wheeled bike with training wheels, and slowly beginning to take the training wheels off.  With each step forward, my daughter expressed a certain degree of fear - "will I be able to do this?," she intimated. Once she made the leap to the next level, she realized how much easier biking can become.  Leaving the training wheels can be scary, but the freedom of two wheels is much better.

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Quality Management Seminar Wrap-Up: Risk and Harmonization, Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Apr 25, 2011 / by Tim Lozier

In the last post, I began my in-depth retelling of EtQ's Life Sciences Seminar on Risk Mitigation and Global Harmonization in Quality Management Systems. Overall the seminar was a great success, and we managed to keep everyone's attention for a few hours.

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HACCP for Medical Device and Pharmaceuticals

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Dec 20, 2010 / by Tim Lozier

I recently was speaking to a group of folks on the different ways to mitigate risk.  While this may not seem like "exciting" dialogue, it actually provoked an interesting thought - while many organizations interpret Risk factors differently, it seems that from one industry to the next, they tend to use a singular method.  One group uses FMEA exclusively, another uses HFACS or some human error risk, another uses HACCP, and so forth.

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eMDR: Why Start Now, and How your QMS will Help

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jul 02, 2010 / by Tim Lozier

In the past few weeks, I have seen some further interest in customers asking about eMDR (or as it's called now, MedWatchPlus).  This is not to say that they are ready to implement, they are just interested.  Which, over the past year, has been the case - "We're interested in eMDR, but we're just looking right now."  This is fine - it's not yet mandatory, and the general theme is that customers have so much on their plate right now, ANOTHER system is not going to make life easier.

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