In this soundbite from RCA Radio, Erika Porcelli, CEO of Regulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA), provides examples of how different size companies leverage the stage of business they’re in to accelerate development with outsourced staff.

 

Start ups vs Large Companies

 

Using Staff augmentation to bring in SMEs gives companies the ability to scale up and scale down quickly without taking away people from other projects.

Start-ups are typically not ready to bring on a full-time employee. In cases like these, we can bring in a subject matter expert (SME) that can help work through any regulatory, compliance, or quality problem and assist on an as-needed base.

 

Larger companies typically need help when they are performing a project such as adding a new manufacturing line into a facility. They don’t do this all of the time and only need the extra resources for this particular project. In cases like these, we will put together a team with the right skillsets that can complete the particular project. Once completed, RCA perform a hand-off with the client, and our team steps away from the project. 

 


Listen to the full episode “Outsourcing and Staff Augmentation” now!


 

All companies experience staffing support issues whether they are transient and short-lived, chronic and unplanned, or intrinsic to your business model. RCA has consultants that develop a solution to your specific needs; we can help “right-size” your team when and where you need it most.

 

Outsourcing has become an increasingly common practice in the life science industry. The quality assurance (QA) and regulatory affairs (RA) functions create extra complexity for large and small life science companies because needs may vary greatly depending on the life cycle of the organization. These companies turn to outsourcing to manage operations and tactical skills, and also help adopt best practices.

 

Successful execution comes through project monitoring, issue resolution, and risk management of the process through clear leadership. RCA’s team of experienced project management professionals organize and manage resources to ensure that projects are completed successfully, on time, and within budget.

 

RCA Outsourcing Services

 

Project Management

outsourced staffTo be successful in the field of manufacturing, you must have a proper project management plan in place. Not only do project management procedures keep your projects on time and on schedule, but they also ensure your devices’ compliance with stringent national and international regulations. RCA can help you develop an effective plan, and we can even lead these tasks so that you can run more projects at one time more efficiently.

 

Our outsourced staff capabilities for project management capabilities include:

 

  • On-site Project Leadership or Project Management Support
  • Design and Implementation of a Project Management Office
  • FDA Workshops
  • Project Assessment, Remediation, and Follow-up
  • Advanced Schedule Optimization and Management
  • Development and Implementation of Compliant Methods
    • Risk Management
    • Issues Resolution and Decision Tracking
    • Change Management
    • Performance Measurement and Tracking
  • Tool Selection for Program Portfolio and Resource Management

 

Staff Augmentation

Many companies need the assistance of a professional with specific skills and expertise when completing a project but might not have the need or resources to hire this expert as a full-time employee. Instead, you can add experienced professionals to your staff for a short- or long-term project through our medical device staffing support capabilities. RCA’s outsourcing solutions can help you manage even your most complex projects with experts trained in areas such as:

 

  • Quality Assurance
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Validation
  • Operations
  • Product Development

 

Consulting Support

Maybe your company is struggling to complete projects on time, or perhaps you often face challenges associated with product compliance. Whatever your situation, our consultants will work with you to ensure your business’ success with consulting support services. By getting to know more about your business and goals, we’ll tailor our approach to best meet your particular needs.

 

Advantages of Outsourcing

 

When you hit a snag in your project’s development, you need to design and develop the best solution to create a timely, quality finished product. RCA’s quality assurance and regulatory affairs consultants can help you define the specific problem, generate ideas for a potential solution, and implement that solution for the utmost success in your project’s completion.

 

Our goal is to help you get your projects to completion on time and on budget — all while outsourced staff keeps superior quality at the forefront of your every task. And with a team of more than 500 pharmaceutical consultants and industry experts with an average of 25 years of experience in the life science industries, we have the extensive resources and expertise needed to meet this goal.

 

Strategic Outsourcing

 

Medical device manufacturers face the challenging task of creating top-quality products quickly with minimal personnel and growing compliance regulations to adhere to. With these increasing challenges, it’s no wonder so many local startups and Fortune 100 companies alike choose RCA for outsourced staff and strategic outsourcing services.

 

About RCA

Regulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides worldwide services to the following industries for resolution of compliance and regulatory challenges:

 

 

We understand the complexities of running a life science business and possess areas of expertise that include every facet of R&D, operations, regulatory affairs, quality, and manufacturing. We are used to working on the front lines and thriving in the scrutiny of FDA-and globally-regulated companies.

 

As your partners, we can negotiate the potential minefield of regulatory compliance and private equity due diligence with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience.

 

 

To begin the RCA® scoping process today, please enter your information in the blue form below and click the submit button at the bottom of the webpage. 

Regulatory Compliance Associates® will be exhibiting at IME (MD&M) South at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.

 

Stop by booth # 1534 to meet our experts to learn how we can provide you with a complete solution for any of your regulatory, quality, and compliance needs to help ensure the safety of your product and process. Come speak with RCA’s Executive VP of Medical Device and CTO, Seyed Khorashahi, who will be in attendance.

 

Seyed has more than 25 years of experience leading R&D teams in all aspects of developing safety-critical medical devices. Seyed has held leadership positions at Covidien (Medtronic), Baxter, and Beckman Coulter, Inc., and has an extensive background in medical device product development, quality systems, regulatory affairs, and mergers and acquisitions. Other core competencies include engineering and business strategy. 

 

Seyed also has significant domain expertise not only in FDA and EU standards but also in software systems and hardware development for medical devices. He has a proven track record of efficiently deploying process improvements with extensive knowledge of 21 CFR 820 and ISO 13485.

 


Use the blue Contact Us form at the bottom of the page to schedule a meeting with Seyed!


 

Tech Theater:

Optimize your Quality System for Software as a Medical Device (SaMD)

 

ime south

 

On Wednesday, June 15th at 11:30 am. We will also be hosting a Tech Theater where Seyed will give a brief overview of what software as a medical device (SaMD) is and then take a look at what is needed to Optimize a Quality System for a SaMD. We also will touch on the different risk categories associated with SaMD as well as the Clinical Evaluation and regulatory submission.

We Will Cover

  • Optimization of Quality Management System for SaMD products from inception to retirement and its alignment to ISO 13485
    • SaMD Realization and Use utilizing IEC 62304, AAMI TIR 45
    • Life Cycle Support Processes
  • Intended purpose of the SaMD (Treat/Diagnose, drive clinical management, or inform Clinical management and its impact on device classification
  • Submission documentation requirements for SaMD algorithm (Traditional or AI / ML)
  • Clinical evaluations, validations, and submissions

 

About IME

The all-new IM Engineering South is the six-in-one advanced design and manufacturing expo designed to give you a comprehensive view of the product lifecycle—from prototype to production. Come explore the latest insights and solutions spanning MedTech, packaging, automation, plastics, design, and processing.

Buyers, executives, and decision-makers attend this show which is the Southeast’s largest design and manufacturing event with the goal of meeting new suppliers and sourcing the latest technologies.

 

About RCA Medical Device Services

The regulatory process surrounding the medical device industry involves a strict adherence to pre/post market compliance throughout a device’s life-cycle. Even a single compliance issue you have can turn into a significant effect on your business. RCA’s medical device consultants can help guide you through any stage of this strategic process, with capabilities during product development through the regulatory clearance/approval of your product.

Our team of over 500 industry experts — including former FDA officials and other leaders in the field of medical device regulation — will work with your company to create a quality assurance and regulatory compliance approach tailored to your products and regulatory needs. RCA works with both international Fortune 100 companies and small local start-ups, as well as law firms requesting remediation for warning letters, 483’s, import bans or consent decrees. We offer expertise in a variety of medical fields, such

 

Cybersecurity

For medical device manufacturers, technology can be a double-edged sword. The innovative technologies that elevate the quality of life for patients can also be used to potentially undermine the organization using the device. The consequences can affect the device itself if we do not implement good IoT cybersecurity and FDA cybersecurity protocols. At Regulatory Compliance Associates Inc.®, we offer a wide variety of services for medical devices security to help ensure that your product is protected from cyber-attacks.

With a well-planned design, along with full visibility of product development and the supply chain, RCA can help strengthen your device’s cybersecurity posture throughout. We partner with medical device companies for the entire life cycle, including from the development of your product to the regulatory submission to your notified body.

 

Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory affairs is Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc.’s backbone, and we handle more submissions in a month than many manufacturers do in a lifetime. We have experience working with the FDA, global regulatory bodies and / or agencies, and notified bodies worldwide. Therefore, you can count on us for in-depth and up-to-date insights which increase speed-to-market.

As a trusted regulatory affairs consultant, our FDA veterans and industry experts are here to help you navigate the difficulties associated with new product submissions. They have expertise in both the approval process and post-approval support. 

 

Compliance Assurance

Increasingly, life science companies are feeling the pressure of greater scrutiny by regulators, and responding by developing sustainable compliance strategies. Whether it’s preparing for an audit, developing a response to an FDA finding, or remediation to an adverse event, Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc. can help.

Our network of over 500 FDA veterans and industry professionals offers a unique blend of expertise that allows us to handle both simple and complex regulatory compliance challenges within the medical device industry.

 

Quality Assurance

Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc.’s Quality Assurance services include quality system assessments, strategy, implementations, and identification of quality metrics to ensure continuous improvement, aligning with your business needs and goals. Our consultants are quality experts with experience spanning major corporations and start-ups. We know firsthand how to achieve, maintain, and improve quality, and we excel in transferring this knowledge to your organization.

In the medical devices field, quality assurance (QA) is more than merely ensuring the quality of a finished product. You need the tools to monitor and regulate every process from the design of a new product to continued quality compliance as the device is sent to market. At RCA, we offer you the assistance you need to monitor these processes and ensure quality compliance every step of the way.

With more than 15 years of experience as a trusted medical device quality assurance consultant, our team of over 500 industry experts and FDA veterans is fully equipped to handle your unique QA needs.

 

Remediation Support

Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc. is widely recognized within the life science industry and global regulatory agencies for its ability to help companies successfully resolve complex regulatory challenges, including remediation. With a proven track record of success, we have significant experience with the development of responses to 483 Observations, Warning Letters, Untitled Letters and Consent Decrees.

Our value goes beyond the initial response by helping companies successfully execute their action plans, develop an improved compliance culture tailored to the needs of their business, and ultimately move beyond the regulatory action to emerge as a stronger business. We negotiate difficult demands of remediation with insight and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience that makes partnering with RCA® Inc. a competitive differentiator in the remediation space.

 

Strategic Consulting

Whether it’s a strategy, a technical plan, or project, Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc.’s worldwide experience can help ensure a successful mix of people and product so your project is on time, on budget, and you’re never embroiled in a costly mistake.

Our 500 industry and FDA experts are here to provide the unique insight you need before an M&A deal, through a staffing crisis and in every area of your product’s development and life cycle. As the trusted medical device manufacturing consultants of thousands of companies around the world, we have the knowledge and expertise needed to deliver exceptional results to your business — no matter your size or unique needs.

 

About RCA

Regulatory Compliance Associates®  (RCA) provides worldwide services to the following industries for resolution of compliance and regulatory challenges:

 

We understand the complexities of running a life science business and possess areas of expertise that include every facet of R&D, operations, regulatory affairs, quality, and manufacturing. We are used to working on the front lines and thriving in the scrutiny of FDA-and globally-regulated companies.

As your partners, we can negotiate the potential minefield of regulatory compliance and private equity due diligence with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience.

 

To begin the RCA® scoping process today, please enter your information in the blue form below and click the submit button at the bottom of the webpage. 

 

Since 2018, FDA has been working to align its quality system regulation for medical devices with ISO13485, with the goals of reducing burdens on medical device companies with global products that face different international regulations and updating its quality system requirements. On February 23, 2022, the FDA issued the proposed rule to amend the current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) requirements of the Quality System Regulations (21 CFR 820) to harmonize and align more closely with international requirements, specifically those of ISO 13485: 2016.

 

The FDA proposed to do so primarily by incorporating the 2016 edition of the international standard specific for medical device quality management systems ISO13485. Through this rulemaking, the FDA is also proposing additional requirements that help connect and align ISO13485 with existing requirements in the FD&C Act and its implementing regulations. This will include making conforming edits to 21 CFR Part 4 to clarify the device CGMP requirements for combination products.


Do you need ISO13485 compliance support? Contact us now to get started.


The most noticeable difference between the current quality systems regulation and ISO13485 is that the risk management requirements integrated throughout the aspects of the quality management system in ISO13485. This differs from 21 CFR 820, in that the only risk-specific requirement in the QS regulation is listed in §820.30(g), as it relates to risk analysis as a part of design validation.

 

These revisions are intended to supplant the existing ISO13485 requirements with the specifications of an international consensus standard for medical device manufacturers. The revisions are expected to reduce device manufacturers’ burdens, specifically aspects of compliance and recordkeeping through the harmonization of domestic and international requirements. FDA intends to issue a final rule after reviewing comments and feedback from the proposed rule. The final rule will become effective 1 year after the date of publication in the Federal Register.

 

About RCA

pharmaceutical consultantsRegulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides worldwide services to the following industries for resolution of compliance and regulatory challenges:

 

 

We understand the complexities of running a life science business and possess areas of expertise that include every facet of R&D, operations, regulatory affairs, quality, and manufacturing. We are used to working on the front lines and thriving in the scrutiny of FDA-and globally-regulated companies.

 

As your partners, we can negotiate the potential minefield of regulatory compliance and private equity due diligence with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience.

 

 

To begin the RCA® scoping process today, please enter your information in the blue form below and click the submit button at the bottom of the webpage. 

 

In this soundbite from RCA Radio, Dr. Helin Raagel and Dr. Matthew Jorgensen from Nelsons Labs explain why the Cytotoxicity test during a biocompatibility evaluation is the most important test you will run.

 

What is Cytotoxicity? – Cytotoxicity is the degree to which a substance can cause damage to a cell. A substance or process that causes cell damage or death is referred to as cytotoxic, “cyto” meaning cell and “toxic” meaning poison. (Will the device kill or harm the cells it comes in contact with?)

 

There are three reasons why the cytotoxicity test is the most important test you run during a biocompatibility evaluation.

  1. The test can be run quickly.
  2. It is the most cost-effective test in an evaluation.
  3. Most evaluation concerns come from the cytotoxicity results.

Listen to the full episode “What is Cytotoxicity?” now!


About Nelson Labs

Every year, hundreds of medical device, pharmaceutical, and tissue companies make Nelson Labs their testing laboratory of choice. For them, the decision is easy. Nelson Labs is a clear leader in the microbiology and analytical chemistry testing industry, offering more than 800 laboratory tests and employing more than 500 scientists and staff in state-of-the-art facilities. We are known for exceptional quality and rigorous testing standards, but it is our focus on the bigger picture that sets us apart. We look beyond test results and partner with you to achieve your long-term business goals — mitigating risk, being first to market, and succeeding with your customers.

 

Companies choose Nelson Labs for our:

  • Thought leaders and approachable experts. We give you direct access to industry authorities who understand your business and add value every step of the way.
  • Customer-centric culture. We take the time to understand your vision. Your goals become our goals.
  • Real-time project management tools and a dedicated client portal. We provide proactive information, keeping you informed and in control.
  • Metric-driven testing processes. We’re our own toughest customer, holding ourselves to goals exceeding 99% for things that matter most to you, like quality, turnaround time, and testing accuracy.
  • Global compliance expertise and support. We act as a trusted advisor, helping you navigate the ever-changing compliance landscape.

See how we can help you mitigate risk, be first to market, and succeed with your customers.

 

To begin the RCA® scoping process today, please enter your information in the blue form below and click the submit button at the bottom of the webpage. 

 

In this soundbite from RCA Radio, Dr. Helin Raagel and Dr. Matthew Jorgensen from Nelsons Labs explain the risk-based biocompatibility evaluation that all medical devices have to go through before they can be put to market.

 

This biocompatibility risk-based approach evaluates the risk of the device through consideration of the device’s cytotoxicity, irritation, and sensitization. 

  • Cytotoxicity – Will the device kill or harm the cells it comes in contact with?
  • Irritation – Will the device make contact with the patient and cause skin irritation? (Redness and/or Swelling)
  • Sensitization – Will the device cause an allergic reaction?

Listen to the full episode “Intro to Pre-Clinical Testing and Biocompatibility” now!


About Nelson Labs

Every year, hundreds of medical device, pharmaceutical, and tissue companies make Nelson Labs their testing laboratory of choice. For them, the decision is easy. Nelson Labs is a clear leader in the microbiology and analytical chemistry testing industry, offering more than 800 laboratory tests and employing more than 500 scientists and staff in state-of-the-art facilities. We are known for exceptional quality and rigorous testing standards, but it is our focus on the bigger picture that sets us apart. We look beyond test results and partner with you to achieve your long-term business goals — mitigating risk, being first to market, and succeeding with your customers.

Companies choose Nelson Labs for our:

  • Thought leaders and approachable experts. We give you direct access to industry authorities who understand your business and add value every step of the way.
  • Customer-centric culture. We take the time to understand your vision. Your goals become our goals.
  • Real-time project management tools and a dedicated client portal. We provide proactive information, keeping you informed and in control.
  • Metric-driven testing processes. We’re our own toughest customer, holding ourselves to goals exceeding 99% for things that matter most to you, like quality, turnaround time, and testing accuracy.
  • Global compliance expertise and support. We act as a trusted advisor, helping you navigate the ever-changing compliance landscape.

See how we can help you mitigate risk, be first to market, and succeed with your customers.

 

To begin the RCA® scoping process today, please enter your information in the blue form below and click the submit button at the bottom of the webpage. 

 

 

The application date of May 26, 2022, is coming up for the EU In-Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (2017/746) (IVDR) has created a huge challenge for IVD medical device firms planning to introduce or continue to market their IVD products to any of the European Union Member States. 

 

One of the biggest changes from IVDD to IVDR is the move from list-based IVD device classifications to a rule-based IVD medical device classification resulting in 4 new device classes: class A (lowest risk) to class D (highest risk), where class B, C, and D would require Notified Body involvement.

 


Need help with your transition to the EU IVDR? Contact Us Now →


The EU Commission has recommended that the application date be extended due to the bottleneck within the EU notified bodies caused by the pandemic.

  • General EU MDR Class 1 Low-risk devices that are non-measuring, non-sterile, non-reusable, non-surgical, and that do not require review from a notified body will still go into effect in 2022.
  • Non-sterile Class A and B Devices (low risk) – May 26, 2022
  • Class D (Highest Risk) – May 26, 2025
  • Class C (Medium Risk) – May 26, 2026
  • Sterile Class A and B Devices (low risk) – May 26, 2027

Companies need to learn from their experience with EU MDR and start transitioning sooner than later to avoid not being able to sell their products in the EU.

 

Partner With RCA to Successfully Make the Transition from IVDD to IVDR

At Regulatory Compliance Associates® Inc. (RCA), we have subject matter experts who start with a gap analysis of the quality system and the technical documentation per IVDR requirements to identify the compliance gaps and develop an execution plan to help you become IVDR compliant. 

 

We can help with your device classification according to the classification rules, update of your quality system to address and remediate any gaps. Including but not limited to:

  • Post-Market Surveillance (PMS)
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Post-Market Performance Follow-Up (PMPF). 

We can also help you with your technical documentation for the PMS Plan, PMS Report, PMPF Plan, PMPF Report, or help you remediate any other technical documentation gap(s).

 

To begin the RCA® scoping process today, please enter your information in the blue form below and click the submit button at the bottom of the webpage. 

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