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Click now to watch Regulatory Compliance Associates® Dr. Stephen Coulter explain how design controls and risk management play an intricate role in the Waterfall methodology:

 

 

The Waterfall methodology incorporates the usage of FDA design controls into the medical device design process. It serves as the primary connection between quality system requirements (QSR) and current good manufacturing practices (CGMP).

 

Waterfall Method

 

Conceptually, the FDA Waterfall model is designed to provide engineers with the flexibility to mitigate product risk, meet regulatory compliance and satisfy customer needs. It is a sequential process based on the quality assurance and medical device engineering principles listed in 21 CFR 820. The methodology itself is conceptualized in the image below from the Medical Device Bureau of Health Canada. 

 

Waterfall Development

 

To increase risk mitigation during the Waterfall methodology, both risk management & design controls are considered. They often become integrated processes during Waterfall product development. Many unique tools that medical device engineers use to define requirements & meet user needs are shared across these processes, even though each is based on a separate standard.

 

While design controls for FDA approval are referred to in 21 CFR 820, medical device risk management is internationally associated with ISO 14971. Three critical elements of risk mitigation strategies clearly focus on avoiding risk during product development:

 

  • Evaluating an associated risk
  • Controlling an evaluated risk
  • Monitoring risk control effectiveness overall

 

Input Requirements

 

The success of the Waterfall development method depends on early research & assessments conducted about input requirements that include strategic risk. Further, spending time documenting the inputs of user interface, user stories and product epics can help increase positive outcomes and reduce requirement risk overall.  Finally, any inconsistencies during the waterfall methodology between the proposed design & input requirements can be corrected across stages. This aligns with one of the primary motivations behind FDA originally developing 21 CFR 820 (e.g. helping medical device manufacturers find design deficiencies earlier in the process).

 

Risk Management

 

By starting the Waterfall process with this end state in mind, design inputs are more likely to pass failure testing & become a manufacturing output. This risk management strategy during a Waterfall project can begin with identifying the publicly known risks of competitive products. Second, the team is challenged to investigate if similar hazards could be associated with your medical device. When working with a Regulatory Compliance Associates risk management consultant, our clients are reassured that Waterfall development should detail how hazards can impact user needs & potential customers.

 

For example, design inputs should consider current regulations and global standards early in the waterfall process. This helps incorporate a risk management perspective even before verification and validation testing begins. Intended uses should consider predicate devices and if any causes for recalls are related to design, materials, or software. 

 

Waterfall Approach

 

So, does this mean risk management & design controls are connected in the waterfall approach? And if they are, how important is one over the other when leading to marketing approval or regulatory compliance? This process is often measured against a combination of factors, including:

 

  • Regulations & standards for clinical approval
  • Risk class of medical device being manufactured
  • Regulatory body reviewing the marketing submission

 

Enterprise risk management would consider all three of these factors individually and in combination when considering how to eliminate systemic risk. The Waterfall project management team can also use various tools and techniques while developing the risk management plan. These risk identification tools include conducting a risk analysis, performing an FMEA, and charting risk tolerance. 

 

Risk Analysis

 

Existing regulations & standards offer various types of risk tools that can be incorporated into design controls. This can include identifying risk levels and creating severity charts during the user needs & design inputs stages. Additionally, each new product will have different hazards and risk tolerance levels associated with the target patient. Being able to analyze the problem, control the problem, and mitigate the risk is essential to define in your risk analysis. Challenge yourself to reduce and identify hazards by analyzing the known data as much as possible.

 

FMEA

 

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a controlled technique to detect & concentrate on budding trouble. Each failure is commonly assigned a rating based on the negative effect it may cause. The Waterfall process would then take each rating and project how the marketplace, healthcare systems, or patients can be impacted. FMEAs are one of many risk mitigation tools that can help your team identify the hazards of your severity chart. Each charted hazard is established based on the severe nature of the hazard to the user and project requirements for design control.

 

Risk Tolerance

 

Further, after the severity is defined, all known or projected hazards can be developed into a risk tolerance chart. The risk tolerance chart can then be shared cross-functionally across the team to help everyone understand which design steps can increase user risk. One of the benefits of a risk tolerance chart is being able to show data visualization. The design team should consider how design controls and user needs can reduce the hazard’s impact. Finally, a waterfall chart could also project the negative consequences of adverse events and what the estimated cumulative impact might be during a product crisis scenario.

 

Risk Management Summary

 

Finally, once your team has evaluated the risks and decided on precautions, a risk management summary is developed. It may include involves multiple failure mode analysis types (e.g. product, process, etc.) and risk ratings. These initial ratings are typically based on the types of failures and the severity of the failure itself. Ranges can also be given to determine the risk management strategy and what is the acceptable level of product risk (e.g. high, medium, low).

 

About RCA’s Medical Device Consulting Services

 

The regulatory compliance process surrounding the medical device industry involves a 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 consulting Experts — including former FDA officials and regulatory compliance 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. 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 regulatory compliance services 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 regulatory compliance 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 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
  • Combination Products

 

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 consultant & FDA, MHRA & EMA veterans are industry professionals offers a unique blend of expertise. This allows Regulatory Compliance Associates® to handle both simple and complex regulatory compliance challenges within medical device consulting companies.

 

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

 

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 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 quality assurance services you need to monitor these processes and ensure quality compliance every step of the way.

 

With more than 20 years 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
  • Quality Metrics

 

Remediation Services

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates® is widely recognized within medical device consulting companies & the life science industry for remediation services & support. Regulatory Compliance Associates® ability to help companies successfully resolve complex regulatory challenges have 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.

 

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

 

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
  • Risk Management Plan
  • 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 5,800 customers in over 50 countries, including 40 of the top 50 medical device companies and 8 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. 

 

 

crisis management playbookDeveloping a crisis management playbook designed for the challenges of the pharmaceutical industry sector is vital to ensuring long term business continuity. Below are a few critical risk management elements you should consider for your team during crisis handling & developing a crisis management playbook.

 

Risk Management

 

Being able to identify factors that impacted product safety or regulatory compliance is one of the most important elements during the risk assessment phase. During RCA’s risk management services process, operational risk management is one of the first remediation steps to consider.

 

Identify Risk

 

Being able to identify the product hazards that caused the crisis is critical to understand scenario planning. Conduct due diligence to ensure that your product design outputs include no risks that are unnecessary to the consumer. Hazards that do include one or more risk factors must be analyzed why the patient benefit exceeds the financial risk.

 

Measure Risk

 

During scenario planning, identify the critical elements to measure your team and results by via a risk management framework. A risk profile for each product in question can support evaluating, reporting and monitoring adverse events. Systemic risk should be analyzed for product risk profiles with longer term, reoccurring events or specific pharmacovigilance indicators identified as proactive crisis control.

 

Mitigate Risk

 

Being able to work clearly and concisely with your regulatory agency is critical for the due diligence solutions presented for review. Examining all hazards that have been identified during the risk mitigation phase is essential to success during the risk management process. Consider any of the threats that are regarded as acceptable with known risks and document unusual activity in your risk management plan.

 

Crisis Management Communications

 

An initial step recommended by RCA’s medical device consulting team is to identify and evaluate the regulatory compliance dangers and situations. For example, assessing the vulnerability of medical device cybersecurity must consider internal and external threat modeling. Any type of cyber breach that might impact your operations team, business reputation, or stakeholder relationships should have a detailed communication strategy.

 

Crisis Communication Plans

 

A veteran RCA medical device consultant suggests developing a universal shared space where team members can bookmark & access the crisis comms document. A communication strategy would then be shared with communication partners engaged in the public relations and crisis management campaign.

 

Risk Management Communications

 

Inside a successful crisis communication team, everyone knows their role and responsibilities. RCA’s regulatory consulting Experts often designate a process leader who clearly understands the team stakeholders and functions they represent. Refine your approval process so that messaging not only meets external approved communications from these stakeholders, but also legal concerns.

 

Crisis Control

 

A detailed risk management communication plan helps specify different examples for sharing risk messaging to either internal audiences or external stakeholders. Design your communication plan templates so that information is easy to understand for multiple audiences. Different types of tactics to be considered for templates (e.g. press release, social media) to confirm the messaging reliability of the crisis communication strategy.

 

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 startegy 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

 

crisis management playbookRegulatory 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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