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In this soundbite from RCA Radio, Dr. Helin Raagel and Dr. Matthew Jorgensen from Nelson Labs explain biocompatibility testing. This includes the risk-based biocompatibility evaluation that medical devices go through before they receive regulatory approval.

biocompatibility

 

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 RCA’s Medical Device Consulting Services

 

The regulatory compliance process surrounding the medical device industry involves strict adherence to pre/post-market information throughout a device’s life cycle. Even a single compliance issue you have can turn into a significant effect on your business. Regulatory Compliance Associates 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 medical device consultant Experts — including former FDA officials and regulatory compliance leaders in the field of medical device regulation — will work directly with your company.  Our biocompatibility consultants will create a quality assurance and regulatory compliance approach tailored to your products and regulatory needs. Regulatory Compliance Associates works with international Fortune 100 companies, venture capital start-ups, and companies of all sizes and shapes. our compliance enforcement solutions for law firms include remediation for warning letters, FDA 483’s, import bans or consent decrees. Very few medical device consulting companies have the same regulatory compliance expertise in a variety of medical fields.

 

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 Regulatory Compliance Associates medtech consultants do not implement good IoT cybersecurity and FDA cybersecurity protocols.

 

At Regulatory Compliance Associates, 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, Regulatory Compliance Associates medical device consultant Experts can help strengthen your device’s cybersecurity. We partner with medical device companies in each phase of the design cycle, including protecting inputs from threat exposure and hardening outputs for regulatory compliance & FDA submission approval of your medical technology.

 

Regulatory Affairs

 

Regulatory affairs is Regulatory Compliance Associates® backbone, and we handle more submissions in a month than many manufacturers do in a lifetime. Our medical device regulatory consulting Experts 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 represent Regulatory Compliance Associates® as one of the top medical device consulting firms. We’re here to help you navigate the difficulties associated with biocompatibility & new product submissions. Regulatory Compliance Associates® medical device consulting company has expertise in both the approval process and post-approval support. 

 

  • New Product Approval
  • Post-Approval Support
  • Outsourced Staffing
  • EU MDR
  • EU IVDR

 

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® can help.

 

Our network of over 500 medical device consultants & FDA, MHRA & EMA veterans are industry professionals offer a unique blend of biocompatibility expertise. This allows Regulatory Compliance Associates® to handle both simple and complex regulatory compliance challenges within medical device consulting companies.

 

  • Compliance Enforcement
  • Gap Assessments
  • Internal Audits
  • Employee Training
  • Notified Body Response

 

Quality Assurance

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates® Quality Assurance consulting includes quality system assessments, strategy, implementations, and identification of quality metrics to ensure continuous improvement, aligning with your business needs and goals. Each Regulatory Compliance Associates® medical device consultant is a quality expert 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 biocompatibility 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 Regulatory Compliance Associates®, we offer you the medical device consultant assistance you need to monitor these processes and ensure quality compliance every step of the way.

 

With more than 20 years of experience working with medical device consulting companies, Regulatory Compliance Associates® trusted medical device quality assurance consultant team is fully equipped to handle your unique QA needs.

 

  • ISO13485 
  • 21 CFR 210
  • 21 CFR 211
  • Outsourced Staffing
  • MDSAP
  • Facility Validation
  • Equipment Validation

 

Remediation Support

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates® is widely recognized within medical device consulting companies & the life science industry for remediation support. Regulatory Compliance Associates® ability to help companies successfully resolve complex regulatory challenges has a proven track record of success. Our medical device consulting services include 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 medical device consultant expertise and experience that makes partnering with Regulatory Compliance Associates®  a competitive differentiator in the remediation space.

 

  • Quality System
  • Technical File
  • Design History File
  • Data Integrity
  • cGMP 

 

Strategic Consulting

 

Whether it’s a strategy, a technical plan, or project, Regulatory Compliance Associates® medical device consultancy can help ensure a successful project. Regulatory Compliance Associates® medical device strategy consulting can deliver your project on time, on budget, and you’re never embroiled in a costly mistake.

 

Our medical device consultant Experts are industry 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.

 

  • Manufacturing Optimization
  • Product Lifecycle Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Due Diligence
  • Device Vigilance
  • Product Complaints
  • Medical Information

 

About Regulatory Compliance Associates

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides medical device consulting to the following industries for resolution of life science 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, Health Canada, MHRA and globally-regulated companies.

 

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

 

  • Founded in 2000
  • Headquartered in Wisconsin (USA)
  • Expertise backed by over 500 industry subject matter experts
  • Acquired by Sotera Health in 2021

 

About Sotera Health

 

The name Sotera Health was inspired by Soteria, the Greek goddess of safety, and reflects the Company’s unwavering commitment to its mission, Safeguarding Global Health®.

 

Sotera Health Company, along with its three best-in-class businesses – Sterigenics®Nordion® and Nelson Labs®, is a leading global provider of mission-critical end-to-end sterilization solutions and lab testing and advisory services for the healthcare industry. With a combined tenure across our businesses of nearly 200 years and our industry-recognized scientific and technological expertise, we help to ensure the safety of over 190 million patients and healthcare practitioners around the world every year.

 

We are a trusted partner to more than 5,000 customers in over 50 countries, including 40 of the top 50 medical device companies and 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.

 

 

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

 

Commitment to Quality

Our Certificate of Registration demonstrates that our Quality Management System meets the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, an internationally recognized standard of quality.

What should you do if you are having trouble executing your protocols? 

Listen to this highlight from RCA Radio where Walter Mason explains what needs to be done if you have troubles executing your design protocols even after training.

 

 

design of protocolsListen to the entire episode where we take an in-depth look at protocols for biologics and their importance. RCA Radio Episode 13.

 

What can you do?

  • Go to the developer and let them know that it is not working for you
  • Talk through the process, go step by step
  • Look back at the FDA guidance documents
  • Get feedback
  • Implement changes in your training or to the protocol itself

 

 

About RCA®

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates (RCA) provides medical device consulting to the following industries for the resolution of life science 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, Health Canada, MHRA, and globally regulated companies.

 

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

 

  • Founded in 2000
  • Headquartered in Wisconsin (USA)
  • Expertise backed by over 500 industry subject matter experts
  • Acquired by Sotera Health in 2021

 

About Sotera Health®

 

The name Sotera Health was inspired by Soteria, the Greek goddess of safety, and reflects the Company’s unwavering commitment to its mission, Safeguarding Global Health®.

 

Sotera Health Company, along with its three best-in-class businesses – Sterigenics®Nordion® and Nelson Labs®, is a leading global provider of mission-critical end-to-end sterilization solutions and lab testing and advisory services for the healthcare industry. With a combined tenure across our businesses of nearly 200 years and our industry-recognized scientific and technological expertise, we help to ensure the safety of over 190 million patients and healthcare practitioners around the world every year.

 

We are a trusted partner to more than 5,800 customers in over 50 countries, including 40 of the top 50 medical device companies and 8 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.

 

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

The world has changed in many ways since the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Regulators are taking advantage of technology to institute greater social distancing, limiting contact between people to curb the spread of the coronavirus. For you, this could mean a transition to virtual audits.

 

The auditing process, which helps you identify and fix compliance deficiencies, must continue to maintain the vital supply chain of needed drugs and other items. 

 

Approach a Virtual Audit as the New Normal

 

virtual audits

 

For some clients and suppliers, virtual audits may be a long-term solution. It may not be clear for some time how long COVID-19 precautions will need to stay in place. For parties that have well-established relationships and supply chains, virtual audits may make more sense over the long term.

 

The opportunity to reduce one-on-one interactions lessens the risk of spreading the coronavirus. If the two sides already have a level of comfort together, their ability to work through challenging times will be better than if you are embarking on a new relationship, where things might not go as smoothly.

 


Need help preparing for a virtual audit?  Talk to our Experts →


 

Some In-Person Visits Will Still Be Required

 

Not everything can be accomplished virtually. You’ll still face some instances where an in-person visit is necessary, such as for pre-approvals and new products. Plan accordingly. Taking every possible precaution, such as requiring masks and gloves and keeping the auditor 6 feet away from employees, can protect both parties during such mandatory in-person interactions.

 

If you do not think an in-person visit is necessary or you’re dealing with extenuating circumstances, such as an outbreak of the virus, communicate your concerns. The well-being of your employees and the auditor should be the focus of any post-pandemic auditing strategy, and you can protect your employees by voicing any concerns you have.

 

Make Adjustments for the Long Term

 

Treatments are still being developed for the coronavirus, and it will take some time before the spread of the virus is under control. Until then, virtual audits will become a long-term solution to protect everyone involved and reduce the spread of infection.

 

You can learn from your initial experiences and make changes to help during the next virtual audit. Try these strategies for assistance with long-term planning:

 

  • Take notes during the virtual audit, observing anything that surprises you.
  • Keep track of any personal protective equipment needed if a brief in-person audit is used.
  • Speak with employees after the virtual audit to get their input on what went well and what could be improved.

 

Looking over your notes and results from past audits can also help you anticipate any potential issues or concerns before your first virtual audit. Remember that this is new territory for everyone and that you’ll likely encounter some bumps in the road as the processes get smoothed out. If you have any questions about virtual audits and how to prepare for them, get in touch with Regulatory Compliance Associates® today.

 

About RCA

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides healthcare consulting 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 regulatory due diligence with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience.

 

  • Founded in 2000
  • Headquartered in Wisconsin (USA)
  • Expertise backed by over 500 industry subject matter experts
  • Acquired by Sotera Health in 2021

 

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

 

 

 

When you scale your Design Controls appropriately to the complexity and size of your company, it makes it easier to manage the scope of everyday work needed to keep your files current. Things to remember when scaling your Design History Files (DHF):

 

  • One size does not fit all
  • All classes of devices need design controls
  • The process is scaled based on the complexity of the device and the size of the company
  • Don’t wait for the regulators to identify any gaps

 

Also, identifying your gaps up front, closing them upon identification, then wrapping them into your entire DHF process with your team or with a third-party consultant like RCA helps ensure you have a rock-solid DHF and that you will be prepared when the regulators ask questions.

 


Click to listen to RCA’s full DHF & Design Control podcast Here!


 

FDA Design Control

 

RCA offers medical device consultants who will help you navigate through new product development and remediating legacy Design History Files (DHF). Our life science consultants have a thorough understanding of the specific design history requirements for U.S. and international medical device industries. We’ll support your team’s ability to ensure regulatory compliance and accelerate medical device DHF best practices.

 

In addition to DHF content, development, and management, download our handout to view more of our DHF-related support services, including:

 

  • FDA design control requirements
    • Quality System Regulation, 21 CFR Part 820
    • Design control medical device CGMPs and 21 CFR 820.30
    • Device Master Records (DMR)
    • Device History Record (DHR)
  • ISO 13485 design control
    • Design control procedures
    • Design control process evaluation
    • Design control documents
    • Design quality control
  • The EU’s Medical Device Regulations (MDR) including Technical File / Design Dossier
  • Risk management (ISO 14971) for medical devices including risk analysis, FMEA, risk evaluation, and risk controls through Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) plan and design control requirements
  • IEC 60601-1-11 (2010) including Programmable Electrical Medical Systems (PEMS) (Clause 14)
  • Total product life cycle (TPLC)
  • AAMI design control

 

About RCA®

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates (RCA) provides medical device consulting to the following industries for the resolution of life science 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, Health Canada, MHRA, and globally regulated companies.

 

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

 

  • Founded in 2000
  • Headquartered in Wisconsin (USA)
  • Expertise backed by over 500 industry subject matter experts
  • Acquired by Sotera Health in 2021

 

About Sotera Health®

 

The name Sotera Health was inspired by Soteria, the Greek goddess of safety, and reflects the Company’s unwavering commitment to its mission, Safeguarding Global Health®.

 

Sotera Health Company, along with its three best-in-class businesses – Sterigenics®Nordion® and Nelson Labs®, is a leading global provider of mission-critical end-to-end sterilization solutions and lab testing and advisory services for the healthcare industry. With a combined tenure across our businesses of nearly 200 years and our industry-recognized scientific and technological expertise, we help to ensure the safety of over 190 million patients and healthcare practitioners around the world every year.

 

We are a trusted partner to more than 5,800 customers in over 50 countries, including 40 of the top 50 medical device companies and 8 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.

 

 

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

 

continuous manufacturingThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently updated its pharmaceutical manufacturing guidance on Continuous Manufacturing (CM), including elaborating on established industry best practices.

 

Examples of new insights provided by FDA include clarification of the differences between continuous manufacturing modes and manufacturing approaches. The intended purpose behind the guidance is to continue industry harmonization efforts between ICH guidance and FDA regulatory & statutory requirements.

 

Continuous Manufacturing

 

Continuous manufacturing involves the process of uninterrupted materials being steadily added into the manufacturing process. The in-process ingredients are then manufactured and simultaneously developed into output materials during manufacturing. The updated FDA guidance focuses on facets of a continuous manufacturing system where multiple steps of operation are connected as continuous flow manufacturing.

 

The intended seamless procedure is considered by many industry experts as more efficient and helps reduce human error. By comparison, batch manufacturing lines may not use the same types of automated monitoring nor leverage as many predictive maintenance data points.

 

Factors of Production

 

The FDA guidance provides a deeper explanation of the underlying continuous manufacturing factors of production. A description of these characteristics by the Agency expands upon continuous flow production themes, including types of technology, options for dosage form, or molecule type.

 

Topics that are broadly applicable to a continuous production system and batch manufacturing are not included in the updated guidance scope. FDA recommends to the reader to revisit other existing ICH Q7 guidance as needed and appropriate for the medical manufacturer.

 

Control Strategy

 

Continued process performance and product quality are two primary elements described in the scientific approach to continuous manufacturing. State of control relies on the continuous production process and unique parameters (e.g. process parameters, quality attributes, etc.) that are designed to stay within an appropriate pre-set range.

 

Further, the guidance specifically calls out the importance of identifying the root cause of drift. FDA continuous manufacturing examples highlighted for employees to closely monitor include variation of inputs, equipment fatigue, and aging of materials.

 

Process Dynamics

 

Understanding transient events and the various impacts they can have on the continuous production system is a critical facet of FDA Control Strategy. Further, the FDA guidance elaborates that this includes transient events that are both planned (e.g., process start-up, process shutdown or a manufacturing pause) and unplanned (e.g. production disturbance).

 

Residence Time Distribution (RTD)

 

One key takeaway from the FDA guidance for industry is understanding how process dynamics are characterized when output material quality is affected. Additionally, using measures like residence time distribution can help medical manufacturers differentiate between the time available for material transport and transformation. 

 

This type of quality metric strategy is specific to the continuous manufacturing process an often includes:

 

  • Product composition
  • Product formulation
  • Material properties
  • Equipment design
  • Equipment configuration

 

Operating Range

 

Each planned operating range should be based on the process dynamics and characterized by the planned over the planned ranges and anticipated input. Further, the FDA clearly states that material variability should use scientifically justified approaches for measuring quality against process dynamics that illustrate the variation during material transport and transformation.

 

Material Characterization

 

The FDA guidance goes on to list material feeding, process dynamics and output material quality as crucial continuous manufacturing elements that negatively impact material characterization. The FDA guidance lists a materials characterization facility as important to increasing production quality. Finally, realizing the predictability of material attribute variability on process performance and product quality is significant to the control strategy.

 

Solid Dosage Form

 

While analyzing the continuous manufacturing material flow process in a solid dosage form, the FDA guidance lists the following considerations that can impact powder feeding:

 

  • Particle size
  • Cohesiveness
  • Adhesiveness
  • Hygroscopicity
  • Static charge
  • Surface area of drug substances and excipients

 

Chemically Synthesized

 

While analyzing the material flow process in a chemically synthesized drug substance, the continuous manufacturing FDA guidance lists the following considerations that can impact flow properties:

 

  • Viscosity
  • Concentration
  • Multi-phase feed

 

Monoclonal Antibody

 

While analyzing the material flow process in a therapeutic protein (e.g. monoclonal antibody) substance, the FDA guidance lists the following continuous manufacturing considerations that can impact cell culture performance, process performance, or process consistency:

 

  • Lot-to-lot variability
  • Cell culture media
  • Different types of feed components

 

System Integration

 

The FDA guidance goes into depth about integrated systems characteristics and how equipment design can influence continuous manufacturing performance:

 

  • Design configuration
    • Maximum run time compatibility
    • Parts geometry impacting transformation
    • Integration and transfer steps
  • Design interface
    • Surge tanks
    • Mass flow rate
  • Material diversion and sampling
    • Diverter valve
    • Sampling probe
    • Material flow
    • Material transformation

 

The guidance continues to elaborate on equipment selection and how the equipment design, if executed properly, can help with process simplification.

 

Process Monitoring

 

Process monitoring and maintaining a state of control during production increases the understanding of real-time system performance. The FDA guidance states that these common approaches to process monitoring and control are also applicable to continuous manufacturing:

 

  • Established target setpoints
  • Established control limits
  • Design space
  • Measurement specifications

 

Process Analytical Technology

 

The FDA guidance also elaborates on why process analytical technology is suitable for continuous manufacturing. Examples provided by the agency for industry employees include:

 

  • In-line ultraviolet (UV) flow cells
  • Monitoring therapeutic protein concentration
  • In-line near-infrared spectroscopy
  • Assessing blend uniformity or water content
  • High-performance liquid chromatography
  • Monitoring the conversion of chemical reactions

 

About RCA’s Pharmaceutical Services

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates (RCA)® has helped thousands of pharmaceutical companies meet regulatory, compliance, quality assurance, and remediation challenges. With more than 20 years of experience with FDA, Health Canada, EU and global regulatory agencies worldwide, RCA offers leading pharmaceutical consultants that can help you navigate through the challenges associated with evolving industry regulations.

 

Our team of over 500 seasoned FDA, Health Canada and EU compliance consultants and regulatory affairs experts can understand the complexities surrounding the pharmaceutical industry and the unique inner workings of the regulatory process. 

 

Client Solutions

 

Whether you’re in the product planning, development or pharmaceutical lifecycle management stage or need a remediation strategy for a compliance crisis, RCA® Inc. will guide you through every step of the regulatory process and create a customized approach depending on your product and your pharma company’s individual needs. Our clients include:

 

  • Companies new to FDA, Health Canada or EU regulations and the pharmaceutical industry
  • Start-up organizations with novel submissions to 510(k) submissions from multi-national corporations
  • Investment firms seeking private equity due diligence for pre-acquisition and post-deal research
  • Law firms seeking expertise in the remediation of warning letters, consent decrees, 483’s or import bans

 

Regulatory Affairs

 

Regulatory affairs is Regulatory Compliance Associates backbone and we fully understand the complexities of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. Our expertise spans all facets and levels of Regulatory Affairs, from Regulatory Support for New Products to Life Cycle Management, to other services like Outsourced Regulatory Affairs, Submissions, Training, and more.

 

As your partner, we can negotiate the potential assessment minefield of pharmaceuticals with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our breadth and depth of knowledge and experience. We offer the following four regulatory affairs services for pharmaceutical companies.

 

  • New Product Support
  • Product Lifecycle
  • Other Regulatory Services

 

Compliance Assurance

 

The regulations process surrounding pharmaceutical companies can be tricky for even the most experienced industry veteran to understand, and just one misstep could mean significant and lasting consequences for your business. At RCA® Inc., we offer the experience and resources necessary to guide you in quality compliance.

 

  • Assessments
  • Audits
  • Continuous Manufacturing
  • Regulatory Agency Response
  • Preparation and Training
  • Inspection Readiness

 

Quality Assurance

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates Quality consulting services include assessments, strategy, implementations, staff augmentations, 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.

 

  • 21 CFR Part 11
  • Data Integrity
  • Manufacturing Support
  • Facility Support

 

Remediation 

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates has significant experience and a proven approach to managing FDA Warning Letters, Consent Decrees, Remediation and other serious regulatory situations. We know how to partner with executive, legal, and communication teams, and will assist management with a response that will be accepted by the regulatory agency and be realistic to execute.

 

We can develop a comprehensive proof book of documented objective evidence demonstrating the corrective actions taken to remediate non-compliant issues. In addition, RCA can help prepare a comprehensive strategy to assist in your remediation efforts, drive continuous improvement, and maintain compliance with the regulations.

 

  • Regulatory Action
  • Warning Letter
  • 483 Observation
  • Oversight Services

 

About RCA

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides healthcare consulting 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, Health Canada, MHRA and globally regulated companies.

 

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

 

  • Founded in 2000
  • Headquartered in Wisconsin (USA)
  • Expertise backed by over 500 industry subject matter experts
  • Acquired by Sotera Health in 2021

 

About Sotera Health

 

The name Sotera Health was inspired by Soteria, the Greek goddess of safety, and reflects the Company’s unwavering commitment to its mission, Safeguarding Global Health®.

 

Sotera Health Company, along with its three best-in-class businesses – Sterigenics®Nordion® and Nelson Labs®, is a leading global provider of mission-critical end-to-end sterilization solutions and lab testing and advisory services for the healthcare industry. With a combined tenure across our businesses of nearly 200 years and our industry-recognized scientific and technological expertise, we help to ensure the safety of over 190 million patients and healthcare practitioners around the world every year.

 

We are a trusted partner to more than 5,800 customers in over 50 countries, including 40 of the top 50 medical device companies and 8 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.

 

 

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

 

 

The FDA harmonization team has recently announced it is no longer going to be a member of the Global Harmonization Working Party (GHWP). This comes as an eye-opener for many life science industry employees since FDA harmonization has been a visible priority since the agency joined GHWP in 2021.

 

The FDA stated that it will continue to work with global regulatory experts on international harmonization, with the primary partner being the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF).

 

Food and Drug Administration

 

Some industry executives have asked the question why take this type of action now? One primary reason many life science industry experts believe the time is right is based on the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) strategic plan launched in late 2023. Inside the details of the document, the Food and Drug authority laid out a four-year example timeline for working towards greater international harmonization.

 

These are a few of the initiatives listed to be achieved by FY 2027:

 

FDA Timeline

 

Each fiscal year, CDRH will now evaluate different types of opportunities to increase engagement across international harmonization programs. Further, it is anticipated that CDRH will receive additional funding and resources to help accelerate this engagement. These additional resources will be designed to allow the FDA to expand international harmonization and convergence programs already in progress. 

 

Best Practices

 

The second phase of the strategic plan is designed to increase discussions about the implementation of harmonized policies. Further, this new mechanism may require FDA to develop additional confidentiality agreements to increase the efficiency of research analysis & discussion under confidentiality commitments. CDRH will review the current list of approved regulatory partners and confidentiality protocols in place to align regulatory strategies across international agencies. 

 

Medical Research

 

Per the strategic plan, FDA will identify and begin engaging with regulatory authorities by the end of 2023. The primary objective is to create a database of regulatory bodies with whom sharing medical research could be most helpful toward the global harmonization of standards. Finally, CDRH has committed to creating this information-sharing mechanism to communicate best practices in medical device evaluation by the end of 2024. 

 

Technical Documents

 

The strategic plan goes on to elaborate on how CDRH’s regulatory policy compares to widely accepted IMDRF policies. Furthermore, technical specifications of IMDRF documents that include policies and practices approved by all regulatory authorities in the IMDRF Management Committee will be assessed and evaluated by FDA.

 

One goal of this regulatory process is to increase the understanding of technical description and technical report writing of international regulatory agencies. This will directly help CDRH with their internal assessment of international harmonization efforts, and how FDA’s process may differ in comparison to regulators around the world.

 

FDA Analysis

 

Based on the technical specification data listed in the strategic plan, these are the proposed timelines for CDRH to make advances toward global harmonization:

 

  • CDRH will publish an assessment of at least nine IMDRF technical documents by the end of 2025.
  • CDRH will publish an assessment of at least 18 IMDRF technical documents by the end of FY 2026.
  • CDRH will publish an assessment of all remaining IMDRF technical documents by the end of FY 2027

 

Regulatory Authority

 

The strategic plan continues to elaborate on the life science community and the impact non-FDA employees can have on future regulatory approval. These specific stakeholders may have a unique perspective based on their current occupation or the types of therapy a patient receives. Finally, the following audiences are specifically mentioned for providing first-hand experiences that FDA can leverage based on another regulatory authority’s approach to medical therapy. 

 

  • Healthcare patients
  • Life science manufacturers
  • Conformity assessment bodies
  • Standards development organizations

 

Patient Engagement

 

Finally, an annual communication plan is proposed to begin in 2024 that includes developing a forum to assess and report on harmonization program efforts in progress. This forum will be designed to connect with each of the audiences mentioned above to help FDA identify opportunities for learning. Furthermore, this forum would be dependent on the level of interest and considerations of other stakeholders, including the life sciences industry specifically. 

 

About Regulatory Compliance Associates

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates (RCA) provides US FDA consultants & consulting 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. Our life science consultants are used to working on the front lines and thriving in the scrutiny of FDA, Health Canada, MHRA and globally regulated companies.

 

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

 

  • Founded in 2000
  • Expertise backed by over 500 industry subject matter experts
  • Acquired by Sotera Health in 2021

 

About Sotera Health

 

The name Sotera Health was inspired by Soteria, the Greek goddess of safety, and reflects the Company’s unwavering commitment to its mission, Safeguarding Global Health®.

 

Sotera Health Company, along with its three best-in-class businesses – Sterigenics®Nordion® and Nelson Labs®, is a leading global provider of mission-critical end-to-end sterilization solutions and lab testing and advisory services for the healthcare industry. With a combined tenure across our businesses of nearly 200 years and our industry-recognized scientific and technological expertise, we help to ensure the safety of over 190 million patients and healthcare practitioners around the world every year.

 

We are a trusted partner to more than 5,800 customers in over 50 countries, including 40 of the top 50 medical device companies and 8 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.

 

About RCA’s Pharmaceutical Consulting Services

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates (RCA®) has helped thousands of pharmaceutical companies meet regulatory, compliance, quality assurance, and remediation challenges. With more than 20 years of experience with FDA, Health Canada, EU and global regulatory agencies worldwide, RCA offers leading US FDA consultants that can help you navigate through the challenges associated with evolving industry regulations.

 

Our team of over 500 seasoned FDA, Health Canada and EU compliance consultants and regulatory affairs experts can understand the complexities surrounding the pharmaceutical industry and the unique inner workings of the regulatory process. 

 

Client Solutions

 

Whether you’re in the product planning, development or pharmaceutical lifecycle management stage or need a remediation strategy for a compliance crisis, Regulatory Compliance Associates will guide you through every step of the FDA consulting process. Our FDA 510k consultants will create a customized approach depending on your product and your pharma company’s individual needs. Our clients include:

 

  • Companies new to FDA, Health Canada or EU regulations and the pharmaceutical industry
  • Start-up organizations with novel submissions to 510(k) submissions from multi-national corporations
  • Investment firms seeking private equity due diligence for pre-acquisition and post-deal research
  • Law firms seeking expertise in the remediation of warning letters, consent decrees, 483’s or import bans

 

Regulatory Affairs

 

Regulatory affairs is Regulatory Compliance Associates backbone and we fully understand the complexities of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. Our FDA regulatory consultants span all facets and levels of Regulatory Affairs, from Regulatory Support for New Products to Life Cycle Management, to other services like Outsourced Regulatory Affairs, Submissions, Training, and more.

 

As your FDA regulatory consulting services partner, we can negotiate the potential assessment minefield of pharmaceuticals with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our breadth and depth of knowledge and experience. We offer the following four regulatory affairs services for pharmaceutical companies.

 

  • New Product Support
  • Product Lifecycle
  • Other Regulatory Services

 

Compliance Assurance

 

The regulations process surrounding pharmaceutical companies can be tricky for even the most experienced industry veteran to understand. Just one misstep by FDA consulting firms could mean significant and lasting consequences for client revenue and industry profitability. At Regulatory Compliance Associates, we offer the experience and FDA compliance consultants necessary to guide you in quality compliance.

 

  • Assessments
  • Audits
  • Regulatory Agency Response
  • Preparation and Training
  • Inspection Readiness

 

Quality Assurance

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates® Quality Assurance services include assessments, strategy, implementations, staff augmentations, and identification of quality metrics to ensure continuous improvement, aligning with your business needs and goals. Our consultants are quality life science consultants 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.

 

  • 21 CFR Part 11
  • Data Integrity
  • Manufacturing Support
  • Facility Support

 

Remediation 

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates® has significant experience and a proven approach to managing FDA Warning Letters, Consent Decrees, Remediation and other serious regulatory situations. We know how to partner with executive, legal, and communication teams, and will assist management with a response that will be accepted by the regulatory agency and be realistic to execute.

 

We can develop a comprehensive proof book of documented objective evidence demonstrating the corrective actions taken to remediate non-compliant issues. In addition, Regulatory Compliance Associates can help prepare a comprehensive strategy to assist in your remediation efforts, drive continuous improvement, and maintain compliance with the regulations.

 

  • Regulatory Action
  • Warning Letter
  • 483 Observation
  • Oversight Services

 

About RCA’s Medical Device Consulting 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 life science consultants — 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, we offer a wide variety of services for medical device 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 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 510k consultant 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. 

 

  • New Product Approval
  • Post-Approval Support
  • Outsourced Staffing
  • EU MDR

 

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, Health Canada & MHRA 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.

 

  • Gap Assessments
  • Internal Audits
  • Employee Training
  • Notified Body Response

 

Quality Assurance

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates 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 life science 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 Regulatory Compliance Associates, we offer you the assistance you need to monitor these processes and ensure quality compliance every step of the way.

 

With more than 20 years of experience as a trusted medical device quality assurance consultant, our team of over 500 industry Experts are fully equipped to handle your unique QA needs.

 

  • ISO13485 
  • 21 CFR 210
  • 21 CFR 211
  • Outsourced Staffing
  • MDSAP
  • Facility Validation
  • Equipment Validation

 

Remediation Support

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates 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® a competitive differentiator in the remediation space.

 

  • Quality System
  • Technical File
  • Design History File
  • Data Integrity
  • cGMP 

 

Strategic Consulting

 

Whether it’s a strategy, a technical plan, or project, Regulatory Compliance Associates life science consultants 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 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.

 

  • Manufacturing Optimization
  • Product Lifecycle Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Due Diligence
  • Device Vigilance
  • Product Complaints
  • Medical Information

 

To begin the Regulatory Compliance Associates 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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