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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is likely going to continue to use remote inspection alternatives in a “hybrid approach” with in-person inspections, supplemented by audit and FDA inspection tools like remote interactive assessments.

 

In a recent Accessible of Accessible Medicine’s (AAM) conference Elizabeth Miller, Assistant Commissioner in FDA’s Office of Medical Products and Tobacco Operations within the Office of Regulatory Affairs (FDA’s inspectorate) stated “Ideally, inspections supplemented by additional tools, including records requests and remote interactive evaluations, would provide FDA with the greatest depth of information”.

 

What is an FDA Inspection “Hybrid Approach”?

 

It is part onsite work and part offsite/remote work to conduct an assessment. The FDA uses tools like video chat for inspection activities like virtual interviews. They also use technology like secure shared online folders for offsite FDA 483 document review.

 

The FDA audit could start with a record request and then come onsite, or vice versa. Remember, FDA doesn’t consider remote evaluations to be a replacement for inspections. Inspections are onsite and will start with the lead FDA investigator providing the most senior ranking person at the site a Form FDA 482, Notice of Inspection.. The Form 482s is not issued for remote interactive evaluations.

 

Instead, your company will receive an FDA Form 4003, FDA Inspection Records Request. Having the term “inspection” in the title of the form can be a little confusing, but it is not considered or counts as an inspection. However, the FDA’s remote work will likely inform their onsite work during the actual inspection. Companies who prepare to manage these FDA  remote evaluations stand the best chance of success in an inspection. This is for all companies, whether you are conducting remediation because you’re having FDA compliance issues or not.


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Will the FDA inspection changes be permanent?

 

Signs currently point to these changes moving down the path to permanency. FDA remote inspections and reviews can and do allow for more efficient onsite inspections. Conducting remote records reviews can help the investigators save time on site by not having to sit in a conference room and read. It also reduces their COVID exposure (and yours) by potentially reducing FDA facility inspection onsite time.

 

It must be pointed out that having a remote review does not immediately equate to a shorter onsite inspection. The onsite time will be dependent on what the investigator is covering and what they are or not finding. For example, an FDA GMP inspection may still take a different amount of time than a FDA surveillance inspection, and so on. 

 

The US Congress has even weighed in on the matter. For example, in a March 2021 Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearing, Sen. Richard Burr, a member of the HELP Committee, suggested that the technology adoption for FDA virtual inspections should become more permanent in nature.

 

“The pandemic, I believe, has altered the model at FDA and the agency should not go back to its historical approach,” he said.

 

Risk-Based Model used to Identify FDA Inspections

 

The FDA’s risk-based criteria for prioritizing and selecting mission-critical inspections during the pandemic can be found in their Resiliency Roadmap for FDA Inspection Oversight. In the publication, they outline the factors helping to determine whether or not the inspection is mission-critical. These controls help FDA best utilize their already limited resources in protecting public health. The four specific factors the Agency is using are:

 

  • The product receiving a breakthrough therapy or regenerative medicine advanced therapy designation;
  • The product is used to treat a serious disease or medical condition and there is no substitute;
  • The product requires follow-up due to recall or there is evidence of serious adverse events or outbreaks of a foodborne illness; or
  • The product is related to the FDA’s COVID-19 response (e.g., drug shortages).

 

It is expected that this prioritization will be used during the remainder of the pandemic and that some will continue after travel restrictions and other impediments to inspections are eased or lifted.

 

FDA Inspection Hybrid Approach

 

Remote evaluations are time-consuming and take time to prepare and facilitate. Partner this with an onsite inspection and the time and effort quickly compound. Because of these activities are so time-consuming nature companies have had to improve how they efficiently and effectively manage these regulatory interactions.

 

One way to prepare is to look at your overall CGMP and quality system documentation and records to determine what needs to be scanned and uploaded to a secure shared folder prior to the start of the FDA remote review. The scanning process is time-consuming and if done ahead of time helps decrease the cycle time between the investigator’s request and the time you’ll have it ready to present to the investigator.

 

Another helpful hint is to ensure someone reviews the scanned file to ensure the entire document or record is scanned. With auto feeders on scanners, the dreaded folded page or previously stapled page getting jammed and not scanned properly is a common phenomenon. This can slow down any FDA pre-approval process meetings happening in real-time and can be avoided with focused preparation. 

 

The preparation effort can also assist you in being prepared for, as well as hosting your own hybrid internal audits (ex: corporate quality audits), as well as customer and notified body audits (if you’re in medical devices and deal with ISO 9001 and other ISO certification). 

 

What Our Experts Have to Say

 

Speculating on what the world might look like in terms of the use of alternative tools, industry representatives seemed in agreement that a hybrid approach would be most effective going forward.

Steven Lynn, RCA’s Executive Vice President of Pharmaceutical said:

 

“I don’t think the hybrid approach is going FDA Inspectionaway anytime soon. It just makes better sense from a public health efficiency perspective to be able to look at documents and records remotely and then go onsite.”

 

“If I look at it from an FDA perspective, the hybrid approach gives the Agency a way to ensure investigators can review items prior to putting boots on the ground. The remote reviews also enable the Agency to pull in other scientific disciplines easier than it would be, had the investigator been onsite. From the industry perspective, it means we must spend more time preparing in order to successfully host these remote reviews and onsite inspections.”

 

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, Regulatory Compliance Associates® offers leading pharmaceutical consultants. We’re one of the few pharma consulting companies that can help you navigate the challenges associated with industry regulations.

 

Our pharmaceutical consulting firm includes over 500 seasoned FDA, Health Canada & EU compliance consultants and regulatory affairs experts who understand industry complexities. It’s a pharma consultancy founded by regulatory compliance executives from the pharmaceutical industry. Every pharmaceutical industry consultant on the Regulatory Compliance Associates team knows 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 pharmaceutical consulting step of the regulatory process. Our pharmaceutical consulting Experts will create a customized approach depending on your product and company’s individual needs. Our regulatory compliance clients include:

 

  • Companies new to FDA, Health Canada or EU regulations and regulatory compliance
  • 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 pharmaceutical consulting firm expertise in the remediation of warning letters, consent decrees, 483’s or import bans

 

Regulatory Affairs

 

Regulatory affairs is Regulatory Compliance Associates backbone. We exceed other pharma consulting companies with industry experts experienced in complexities of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. Our pharma consulting expertise spans all facets and levels of Regulatory Affairs. Additionally, we specialize in Regulatory Support for New Products to Life Cycle Management, Outsourced Regulatory Affairs, Submissions, Training, and more.

 

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

 

  • New Product Support
  • Product Lifecycle
  • Other Regulatory Services
  • Combination Products

 

Compliance Assurance

 

The regulations process surrounding pharmaceutical companies can be tricky for even the most experienced industry veteran to understand. Just one misstep could mean significant and lasting consequences for your business. At Regulatory Compliance Associates, we offer the pharma consulting experience and pharma consultants necessary to guide you through the quality compliance process.

 

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

 

Quality Assurance

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates Quality consulting includes assessments, strategy, implementations, staff augmentations, and identification of quality metrics to ensure continuous improvement. Our pharma consultants understand the strategic thinking needed to align your business needs and goals. Regulatory Compliance Associates quality assurance services include quality experts with experience spanning major corporations and start-ups. Our pharmaceutical consulting firm knows firsthand how to achieve, maintain, and improve quality. Finally, our regulatory compliance services team excels in transferring continuous improvement knowledge to your organization.

 

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

 

Remediation Services 

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates has a proven remediation services approach to managing FDA Warning Letters, Consent Decrees, Remediation and other serious regulatory situations. Our pharma consultants know how to partner with executive, legal, and communication teams. Each RCA pharma consulting Expert will develop a response that will be accepted by the regulatory agency and be realistic to execute.

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates pharma regulatory consultants will develop a comprehensive proof book of documented evidence demonstrating the corrective action taken to remediate non-compliant issues. In addition, each Regulatory Compliance Associates pharma consulting Expert understands compliance enforcement. We’ll prepare a comprehensive pharma consulting strategy to assist in your remediation efforts, drive continuous improvement, and maintain regulatory compliance with the regulations.

 

  • Regulatory Action
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Warning Letter
  • 483 Observation
  • Oversight Services
  • Risk Management Plan

 

About Regulatory Compliance Associates

 

FDA InspectionRegulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides pharmaceutical 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 5,800+ customers in over 50 countries, including 40 of the top 50 medical device companies and 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

About Regulatory Compliance Associaties

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates (RCA® ) provides pharmaceutical supply chain 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, supply chain, 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.

 

RCA Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Consulting Services

 

The best way to maintain healthy business practices and get ready for an FDA audit is through training and preparation. Training employees and executives throughout your organization can lead to improved data storage and a better understanding of why proper storage is so essential for your business. Our services can help you maintain quality compliance within all aspects of your business, from design and manufacturing to packaging and distribution. These services include:

 

Assessments 

 

The best thing you can do to avoid a compliance crisis is to take preventive measures that will locate and remedy any outstanding issues. At RCA® Inc., our pharmaceutical supply chain consulting experts have decades of experience in both regulatory compliance program strategy and execution. RCA’s healthcare consulting Experts will help you measure your quality system based on global regulatory markets to assess any process weaknesses and opportunities to improve.

 

Our range of compliance consulting services includes:

 

  • cGMP & Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Quality Infrastructure
  • PAI, Validation
  • Facilities and Maintenance
  • Laboratory (GLP)
  • Process Assessments to Streamline and Optimize New and Existing Systems.

 

Audits 

 

Periodic regulatory audits are necessary to ensure the continued compliance of your organization. An internal audit from a pharmaceutical supply chain consulting 3rd party can help your perspective when it comes to a regulatory audit. Our experienced team of ASQ-CQA and RABQSA-certified auditors is available to perform a range of internal audit services, including:

 

  • Supplier
  • API
  • Contact Manufactures (CMO)
  • Internal
  • Quality Systems
  • Baseline
  • Verification
  • Clinical (CRO) and Clinical Manufacturing
  • Data Integrity
  • 503A & 503B
  • Combination Products

 

Regulatory Agency Response 

 

Unfortunately, compliance crises do happen, and they can have a lasting impact on your business if you are unintentionally caught off guard. Regulatory Compliance Associates pharmaceutical supply chain consulting Experts can assist you in developing a customized response & plan of action to help remediate the effects of a regulatory warning letter. Our compliance and regulatory services team is here to provide the technical consultant guidance you need most during this time, with response solutions for:

 

  • FDA Form 483
  • Warning Letter
  • Consent Decree
  • Import Bans

 

Preparation, Training, and Inspection Readiness 

 

Sitting back and hoping for your next regulatory inspection to go well isn’t an option — you need to comply with regulations and actively prepare. RCA® will help you thoroughly prepare for inspections with an extensive range of business consulting services, mock inspections, and other medical consulting readiness solutions:

 

  • Mock Inspections
    • Back Room/ Front Room set-up and process
    • Inspection Analysis & Report
  • Response Letter Assistance
  • Proof Book Development
  • Business Relations (Leadership Development Training)
    • Corporate Regulation Examples
      • Regulatory Law
      • Regulatory Board
      • Legal Compliance
  • Industry Relations (Leadership Development Training)
    • Types of Regulation
      • Medical Regulations
      • Security Regulations
      • Cybersecurity Regulations
      • Data Compliance Regulations

 

Data Integrity

 

Training:

 

  • Good Documentation Practices (GDP) Centered on How the Data is Recorded, How to Correct an Error, and How to Document the Reason(s) for the Error
  • Annual Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
  • Investigations
  • Corrective Action and Preventive Action (CAPA)

 

Consulting:

 

  • Comprehensive Audits
  • Development of a Remediation Plan to Address any Risks and Weaknesses Identified During the Audit
  • Assistance with Execution of the Remediation Plan

 

In the event of an audit, the information gathered during the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals—from its raw stages through launch and everything in between—will be used to defend the product’s use once it’s been released for patient use.

 

cGMP Consulting

 

Maintaining data integrity is an important part of ensuring the manufacturing quality of your pharmaceutical. It is crucial in current good manufacturing practices (cGMP), and employees should have the experience and knowledge to properly record and handle data—in order to eliminate any data integrity issues.

 

In a time when compromised data has become a common concern among businesses in the life science field, it’s become more critical than ever to maintain healthy practices concerning data storage and release. Medical device companies of all sizes and types need to trust their data’s integrity, which is why thousands of businesses have turned to Regulatory Compliance Associates® for GMP quality compliance services.

 

With a team of more than 500 industry experts and seasoned veterans of the FDA, we know what it takes to adhere to the standards of global regulatory bodies. We offer the expertise needed to help your business stay within cGMP and preserve your data’s integrity. Our array of training and consulting services will ensure that your customers’ trust in your brand is well-placed.

 

GMP Quality Compliance Services

 

Training

 

  • Good Documentation Practices (GDP) Centered on How the Data is Recorded, How to Correct an Error, and How to Document the Reason(s) for the Error
  • Annual Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
  • Investigations
  • Corrective Action and Preventive Action (CAPA)

 

Consulting

 

  • cGMP Consulting
  • Comprehensive Audits
  • Development of a Remediation Plan to Address any Risks and Weaknesses Identified During the Audit
  • Assistance with the execution of Remediation Plan

 

In the event of an audit, the information gathered during the manufacturing of your medical device—from its raw stages through launch and everything in between—will be used to defend the product’s use once it’s been released for patient use.

 

Manufacturing Processes

 

Our comprehensive evaluations will identify GMP pharmaceutical practices that consistently yield a sustainable return on investment. We will help you identify opportunities for:

 

  • Reducing Set-Up Times
  • Increasing Throughput
  • Reducing Inventory Levels
  • Lab Efficiency Improvements
  • Scrap and Waste Reduction
  • Cycle Time Compression
  • Capacity Creation
  • Process Automation
  • Cost Reduction

 

Manufacturing Optimization

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates provides the following manufacturing optimization services:

 

  • Program Analysis
  • Process Optimization through Engineering Studies
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Lean Innovative Product / Process Solutions
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Kaizen Events
  • Design for Six Sigma
  • Inventive Problem Solving

 

Automated Industrial Services

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates  provides manufacturing automation consultants with deep industry experience including:

 

  • Validation Master Plan
  • Development of Validation Documentation
  • Validation Services
  • Risk Assessments

 

Factory Automation

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates helps clients develop innovative factory automation via design strategy and hands-on validation support. We ensure that updating manufacturing facilities will continue to meet all regulatory and client requirements, without an adverse impact on the finished product.

 

  • HVAC Systems and Associated Controllers
  • Medical Gas Systems
  • Plant and Pure Steam Systems
  • Water Systems including USP, RO / DI, and WFI
  • Compressed Air Systems
  • Controlled Environments

 

Pharmaceutical Contract Manufacturing

 

When you choose Regulatory Compliance Associates as your pharmaceutical manufacturing consultant, you’ll have the support of validating every contract manufacturer. RCA provides the combined skills and knowledge of more than 500 pharmaceutical and medical device experts who are experienced at working on the front lines of regulatory requirements. RCA clients benefit as these solutions move suppliers toward a culture of quality, from startups to Fortune 100 international enterprises.

 

Quality Management System

 

To create a positive change in the lives of patients counting on the availability of your product, you need to recognize the regulatory pathways of drug manufacturing companies that are ahead of you. Further, this includes the evolving technical development of your quality management system. When you work with us, you get a team that tailors its services to the comprehensive needs of your company. And that’s how you can be assured you’ll always receive the support you need to implement corrective action wherever it may be needed.

 

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 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, Regulatory Compliance Associates® offers leading pharmaceutical consultants. We’re one of the few pharma consulting companies that can help you navigate the challenges associated with industry regulations.

 

Our pharmaceutical consulting firm includes over 500 seasoned FDA, Health Canada & EU compliance consultants and regulatory affairs experts who understand industry complexities. It’s a pharma consultancy founded by regulatory compliance executives from the pharmaceutical industry. Every pharmaceutical industry consultant on the Regulatory Compliance Associates team knows 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 pharmaceutical consulting step of the regulatory process. Our pharmaceutical consulting Experts will create a customized approach depending on your product and company’s individual needs. Our regulatory compliance clients include:

 

  • Companies new to FDA, Health Canada or EU regulations and regulatory compliance
  • 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 pharmaceutical consulting firm expertise in the remediation of warning letters, consent decrees, 483’s or import bans

 

Regulatory Affairs

 

Regulatory affairs is Regulatory Compliance Associates backbone. We exceed other pharma consulting companies with industry experts experienced in complexities of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. Our pharma consulting expertise spans all facets and levels of Regulatory Affairs. Additionally, we specialize in Regulatory Support for New Products to Life Cycle Management, Outsourced Regulatory Affairs, Submissions, Training, and more.

 

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

 

  • New Product Support
  • Product Lifecycle
  • Other Regulatory Services
  • Combination Products

 

Compliance Assurance

 

The regulations process surrounding pharmaceutical companies can be tricky for even the most experienced industry veteran to understand. Just one misstep could mean significant and lasting consequences for your business. At Regulatory Compliance Associates, we offer the pharma consulting experience and pharma consultants necessary to guide you through the quality compliance process.

 

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

 

Quality Assurance

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates Quality consulting includes assessments, strategy, implementations, staff augmentations, and identification of quality metrics to ensure continuous improvement. Our pharma consultants understand the strategic thinking needed to align your business needs and goals. Regulatory Compliance Associates quality assurance services include quality experts with experience spanning major corporations and start-ups. Our pharmaceutical consulting firm knows firsthand how to achieve, maintain, and improve quality. Finally, our regulatory compliance services team excels in transferring continuous improvement knowledge to your organization.

 

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

 

Remediation Services 

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates has a proven remediation services approach to managing FDA Warning Letters, Consent Decrees, Remediation and other serious regulatory situations. Our pharma consultants know how to partner with executive, legal, and communication teams. Each RCA pharma consulting Expert will develop a response that will be accepted by the regulatory agency and be realistic to execute.

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates pharma regulatory consultants will develop a comprehensive proof book of documented evidence demonstrating the corrective action taken to remediate non-compliant issues. In addition, each Regulatory Compliance Associates pharma consulting Expert understands compliance enforcement. We’ll prepare a comprehensive pharma consulting strategy to assist in your remediation efforts, drive continuous improvement, and maintain regulatory compliance with the regulations.

 

  • Regulatory Action
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Warning Letter
  • 483 Observation
  • Oversight Services
  • Risk Management Plan

 

About Regulatory Compliance Associates

 

fda harmonizationRegulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides pharmaceutical 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, Regulatory Compliance Associates 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 5,800+ customers in over 50 countries, including 40 of the top 50 medical device companies and 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.

 

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.

 

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 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released an updated draft for the life science industry regarding communicating directly with health care professionals. This FDA guidance draft will go to industry for comment and feedback with the long term goal of streamlining the FDA regulatory process.

 

A specific use case mentioned in the FDA guidance is how HCPs use scientific information about unapproved uses (SIUU) for approved/cleared medical products. From the pharmaceutical or medical device perspective, are life science companies providing this scientific information in the context of clinical decision making? For example, are there off label uses of the FDA approved treatment for patients that may be going under investigated for both efficacy or compliance?

 

Scientific Information on Unapproved Uses (SIUU)

 

Particularly, this FDA guidance targets life science firms and how companies are sharing specific approval drug communications for medical products. Further, the following types of communications with HCPs were specifically mentioned by the Food and Drug Administration:

 

  • Published scientific or medical journal articles (reprints)
  • Published clinical reference resources:
    • Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs)
    • Scientific or medical reference texts (reference texts)
    • Materials from independent clinical practice resources
  • Firm-generated presentations of scientific information from an accompanying published reprint

 

Clinical Drug Trials

 

The FDA guidance speaks consistently to the delivery and context of medical trials data. Further, scientific information from clinical trials for approved products should be truthful, non-misleading, factual, and unbiased. The clinical research center should be in good standing from an FDA compliance perspective as well. 

 

Finally, there is a legal responsibility for industry employees to communicate information that is generally regarded as safe. Those who communicate unapproved indications or create medical labeling should not be associated with different types of unresearched clinical outcomes.

 

Medical Manufacturers

 

The FDA guidance makes it a point to note the types of life science firms and industry employees who can be held legally responsible. Medical labeling and the labeling of medical products can include:

 

  • Applicants
  • Sponsors
  • Requestors
  • Manufacturers
  • Packers
  • Distributors
  • Licensees
  • Any person communicating on behalf of these entities.

 

Clinical Evaluation

 

There has been some clinical research concerns across the healthcare industry about data integrity and organizations or publications that have issued clinical studies. The FDA guidance describes what it considers a source publication for legitimacy as:

 

  • The clinical problem is scientifically sound
  • The clinical study provides relevant information
  • Clinical data is relevant to HCPs who make clinical decisions
  • Clinical treatment must be relevant to the the care of a patient

 

The FDA guidance is written so industry employees focus towards:

 

  • Interpreting strengths and weaknesses of clinical research
  • Interpreting validity and utility of the therapeutic information

 

Healthcare Providers (HCPs)

 

The FDA guidance goes on to elaborate about professionals who are engaged with clinical decision making during patient treatment. Additionally, special focus is given to individuals licensed or authorized by law to prescribe, order, administer, or use medical products during their daily job.

 

Regulatory Compliance

 

The FDA goes on to comment that medical product regulation has progressed over time and is shaped via real world clinical evidence. Additionally, there can be significant hazards to society when uses of medical products do not follow the clinical process for regulatory approval.

 

FDA’s premarket review process decides if a medical product is safe and effective for the specified use(s) in an recognized patient profile. Yet, after the premarket review process is complete and a product is approved/cleared, questions may arise.

 

Intended Use

 

These questions can be investigated during clinical use of the medical product for the intended patient. Specifically, FDA premarket review for medical products includes:

 

  • Safety and effectiveness for each intended use needs to be appropriately studied by firms
  • Independently evaluated by FDA before a medical product is introduced into interstate commerce
  • Evidence that demonstrates effectiveness and safety for one product does not guarantee the clinical effectiveness or safety for additional uses

 

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, Regulatory Compliance Associates® offers leading pharmaceutical consultants. We’re one of the few pharma consulting companies that can help you navigate the challenges associated with industry regulations.

 

Our pharmaceutical consulting firm includes over 500 seasoned FDA, Health Canada & EU compliance consultants and regulatory affairs experts who understand industry complexities. It’s a pharma consultancy founded by regulatory compliance executives from the pharmaceutical industry. Every pharmaceutical industry consultant on the Regulatory Compliance Associates team knows 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 pharmaceutical consulting step of the regulatory process. Our pharmaceutical consulting Experts will create a customized approach depending on your product and company’s individual needs. Our regulatory compliance clients include:

 

  • Companies new to FDA, Health Canada or EU regulations and regulatory compliance
  • 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 pharmaceutical consulting firm expertise in the remediation of warning letters, consent decrees, 483’s or import bans

 

Regulatory Affairs

 

Regulatory affairs is Regulatory Compliance Associates backbone. We exceed other pharma consulting companies with industry experts experienced in complexities of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. Our pharma consulting expertise spans all facets and levels of Regulatory Affairs. Additionally, we specialize in Regulatory Support for New Products to Life Cycle Management, Outsourced Regulatory Affairs, Submissions, Training, and more.

 

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

 

  • New Product Support
  • Product Lifecycle
  • Other Regulatory Services
  • Combination Products

 

Compliance Assurance

 

The regulations process surrounding pharmaceutical companies can be tricky for even the most experienced industry veteran to understand. Just one misstep could mean significant and lasting consequences for your business. At Regulatory Compliance Associates, we offer the pharma consulting experience and pharma consultants necessary to guide you through the quality compliance process.

 

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

 

Quality Assurance

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates Quality consulting includes assessments, strategy, implementations, staff augmentations, and identification of quality metrics to ensure continuous improvement. Our pharma consultants understand the strategic thinking needed to align your business needs and goals. Regulatory Compliance Associates quality assurance services include quality experts with experience spanning major corporations and start-ups. Our pharmaceutical consulting firm knows firsthand how to achieve, maintain, and improve quality. Finally, our regulatory compliance services team excels in transferring continuous improvement knowledge to your organization.

 

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

 

Remediation Services 

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates has a proven remediation services approach to managing FDA Warning Letters, Consent Decrees, Remediation and other serious regulatory situations. Our pharma consultants know how to partner with executive, legal, and communication teams. Each RCA pharma consulting Expert will develop a response that will be accepted by the regulatory agency and be realistic to execute.

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates pharma regulatory consultants will develop a comprehensive proof book of documented evidence demonstrating the corrective action taken to remediate non-compliant issues. In addition, each Regulatory Compliance Associates pharma consulting Expert understands compliance enforcement. We’ll prepare a comprehensive pharma consulting strategy to assist in your remediation efforts, drive continuous improvement, and maintain regulatory compliance with the regulations.

 

  • Regulatory Action
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Warning Letter
  • 483 Observation
  • Oversight Services
  • Risk Management Plan

 

About Regulatory Compliance Associates

 

fda guidanceRegulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides pharmaceutical 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, Regulatory Compliance Associates 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 5,800+ customers in over 50 countries, including 40 of the top 50 medical device companies and 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.

 

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.

 

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. 

To learn more about quality control and data integrity, you need to understand what these terms mean and how they can affect your company.

 

What Is Quality Control and Data Integrity?

 

The Good Practices for Data Management and Integrity in Regulated GMP/GDP Environments document from PICS offers perhaps the most comprehensive explanation of what a quality culture is. According to that document, this type of culture is a work environment that is open and transparent, allowing team members to fully and openly communicate mistakes and failures. This open culture is also a work environment where there are processes and structures that allow information about mistakes and problems to flow between team members at different levels.

 

Why Quality Culture?

 

Quality culture and its importance to the World Health Organization, MHRA and PICS recognizes that data quality is reliant on type of workplace. An organization that punishes team members who come forward with mistakes or issues is likely to have fewer reportable issues and less transparency, which can mean less accurate data. By allowing team members to speak freely and permitting the information to flow to different tiers of the organization, you’ll ensure that data can be accurately collected and acted upon.

 

Improving Organizational Quality Culture and Data Integrity through Risk Management

 

If you would like to create a quality culture, your organization can take several steps, including:

  • Creating a quality risk management plan: A written quality risk management plan should include your potential risks and a detailed plan on how to address problems and mistakes. This plan should make it clear that every team member is part of the solution and can report problems without risk of retaliation.
  • Evaluating your risks: Run an organization-wide audit to evaluate which risks could negatively impact product quality. As you start to write your quality risk management plan, begin by evaluating the risks that could impact your product. Could a supplier issue compromise the product? What other problems have arisen in the past or affected others in your industry?
  • Having a remediation plan: Create a written plan on what to do if something happens. How will an issue be reported? Once an issue is reported, what will the next steps be? How can you begin the remediation process?
  • Maintaining your plans as living documents: The goal of a quality risk management plan isn’t to create a document that sits on a computer. Present the document to your team and use it every day. Add to the document as new challenges come to light, and encourage your team to abide by the plan.

 

How We Can Help

 

A quality culture will help you pave the way for success because you’ll be enjoying better data. When you need to submit to global regulatory agencies, having more robust data can also help.

 

While having data integrity and good metrics is a crucial factor for biologics, medical device, pharmaceutical, compounding pharmacy and other organizations, an open quality culture is also important. In addition, it will help you to notice issues and address them in a timely fashion as well as enable you to plan what to do when problems arise.

 

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, Regulatory Compliance Associates® offers leading pharmaceutical consultants. We’re one of the few pharma consulting companies that can help you navigate the challenges associated with industry regulations.

 

Our pharmaceutical consulting firm includes over 500 seasoned FDA, Health Canada & EU compliance consultants and regulatory affairs experts who understand industry complexities. It’s a pharma consultancy founded by regulatory compliance executives from the pharmaceutical industry. Every pharmaceutical industry consultant on the Regulatory Compliance Associates team knows 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 pharmaceutical consulting step of the regulatory process. Our pharmaceutical consulting Experts will create a customized approach depending on your product and company’s individual needs. Our regulatory compliance clients include:

 

  • Companies new to FDA, Health Canada or EU regulations and regulatory compliance
  • 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 pharmaceutical consulting firm expertise in the remediation of warning letters, consent decrees, 483’s or import bans

 

Regulatory Affairs

 

Regulatory affairs is Regulatory Compliance Associates backbone. We exceed other pharma consulting companies with industry experts experienced in complexities of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. Our pharma consulting expertise spans all facets and levels of Regulatory Affairs. Additionally, we specialize in Regulatory Support for New Products to Life Cycle Management, Outsourced Regulatory Affairs, Submissions, Training, and more.

 

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

 

  • New Product Support
  • Product Lifecycle
  • Other Regulatory Services
  • Combination Products

 

Compliance Assurance

 

The regulations process surrounding pharmaceutical companies can be tricky for even the most experienced industry veteran to understand. Just one misstep could mean significant and lasting consequences for your business. At Regulatory Compliance Associates, we offer the pharma consulting experience and pharma consultants necessary to guide you through the quality compliance process.

 

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

 

Quality Assurance

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates Quality consulting includes assessments, strategy, implementations, staff augmentations, and identification of quality metrics to ensure continuous improvement. Our pharma consultants understand the strategic thinking needed to align your business needs and goals. Regulatory Compliance Associates quality assurance services include quality experts with experience spanning major corporations and start-ups. Our pharmaceutical consulting firm knows firsthand how to achieve, maintain, and improve quality. Finally, our regulatory compliance services team excels in transferring continuous improvement knowledge to your organization.

 

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

 

Remediation Services 

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates has a proven remediation services approach to managing FDA Warning Letters, Consent Decrees, Remediation and other serious regulatory situations. Our pharma consultants know how to partner with executive, legal, and communication teams. Each RCA pharma consulting Expert will develop a response that will be accepted by the regulatory agency and be realistic to execute.

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates pharma regulatory consultants will develop a comprehensive proof book of documented evidence demonstrating the corrective action taken to remediate non-compliant issues. In addition, each Regulatory Compliance Associates pharma consulting Expert understands compliance enforcement. We’ll prepare a comprehensive pharma consulting strategy to assist in your remediation efforts, drive continuous improvement, and maintain regulatory compliance with the regulations.

 

  • Regulatory Action
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Warning Letter
  • 483 Observation
  • Oversight Services
  • Risk Management Plan

 

About Regulatory Compliance Associates

 

quality controlRegulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides pharmaceutical 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, Regulatory Compliance Associates 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 5,800+ customers in over 50 countries, including 40 of the top 50 medical device companies and 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.

 

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.

 

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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