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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. 

 

 

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

 

waterfall methodologyTo 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 process surrounding the medical device industry involves 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. 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 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. Regulatory Compliance Associates® works with both international Fortune 100 companies and small local start-ups, as well as law firms requesting remediation for warning letters, 483s, import bans, or consent decrees. Very few medical device consulting companies have the same 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 device security to help ensure that your product is protected from cyber-attacks. With a well-planned waterfall methodology 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 posture throughout. We partner with medical device companies for the entire life cycle, including from the development of your product to the regulatory submission services involved with medical technology consulting.

 

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 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

 

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

 

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 medical device consultant assistance 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

 

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 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.

 

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 a 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 who 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 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. 

 

 

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. 

 

 

About Regulatory Compliance Associates

 

Regulatory Compliance Associates (RCA) provides life science 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 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® 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®’s 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®, we offer the experience and resources 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, 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’s Medical Device Consulting Services

 

The regulatory process surrounding the medical device industry involves 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 devices security to help ensure that your product is protected from cyber-attacks.

 

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

 

Regulatory Affairs

 

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

 

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

 

  • 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 RCA®, 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® Inc. 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 products 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. 

 

The International Medical Device Regulation Forum (IMDRF) recently published updated cybersecurity guidance for the medical device industry. The medical device cybersecurity working groups at IMDRF have been busy lately, publishing multiple final documents about medical devices & software as medical device (SaMD). 

 

Regulatory Compliance

 

IMDRF’s medical device guidance provides steering assumptions for both regulatory compliance & medical device cybersecurity, which are appropriate for sponsors developing medical devices. Further, a primary objective of the guidance is simultaneously increasing patient safety & reducing external threats for providers and HCPs.

 

Global Harmonization

 

The guidance begins with harmonization concepts that could affect multiple departments inside a medical device manufacturer. Additionally, key areas for harmonization programs highlighted by the cybersecurity guidance include:

 

  • Product design
  • Risk management activities
  • Device labelling
  • Regulatory submission
  • Information sharing
  • Post-market activities

 

Product Life Cycle (PLC)

 

IMDRF’s cybersecurity guidance continues on with a deeper evaluation of risks associated across the product life cycle. It is recommended for potential vulnerabilities to be considered for any product life cycle stage, especially considering legacy devices that may be vulnerable to strategic risk. 

 

 

Product Design

 

Product design considerations include the initial phases of medical device development and continues until the end of support (EOS) once a product is discontinued. The four product design stages the cybersecurity guidance refers to when it comes to total product life cycle:

 

  • Development Stage
  • Support Stage
  • Limited Stage
  • End of Support

 

Development Stage (Stage 1)

 

The Development Stage occurs during the pre-commercialization phase before a medical device is approved by a regulatory body. This is when medical device manufacturers begin to incorporate security into the product concepts being designed. Design controls are critical in this stage for medical device manufacturers to leverage when considering how to mitigate risks.

 

Finally, an important deliverable of the Development Stage is product-related security documentation. The documentation is designed to help unfamiliar users to understand how to securely operate the medical device. 

 

Support Stage (Stage 2)

 

The Support stage is during the initial post-launch phase and may continue for many years. Medical devices in this stage are:

 

  • Currently used for providing patient care
  • Available for purchase on the open market
  • Contain major software, firmware, or programmable hardware components
  • Support for software, firmware or components is provided by the medical device manufacturer

 

Additionally, medical devices in the Support stage should receive full cybersecurity support. This support often includes software patches, software updates, hardware updates, and incremental support the manufacturer considers appropriate.

 

Limited Support Stage (Stage 3)

 

Medical device manufacturers continue to provide cybersecurity support during Stage 3. However, as product development transitions to a more current medical device design, different constraints are involved with the transition. Medical devices in Stage 3 often require additional network controls compared to medical devices in Stage 2:

 

  • Third-party components or software may be used more frequently than internally developed updates or patches
  • Cybersecurity best practices integration is often governed by the ease of following support practices outlined in the Stage 2
  • Medical device manufacturers must explain to users the existing limitations that are now recognized in the devices and services affected
  • Healthcare providers using the medical device should begin to take more of an active role in unmitigated features of security defense.

 

End of Support Stage (Stage 4)

 

Medical devices in Stage 4 are considered more vulnerable than any of the other stages. They may still be in use for providing patient care, but they have been publicly identified as no longer being supported by the medical device manufacturer. Each of these scenarios result in a medical device that cannot be consistently defended against modern cybersecurity dangers.

 

Critical facets healthcare information technology departments should look for include:

 

  • Medical devices that have been declared EOS by the medical device manufacturer
  • Medical devices that are not actively marketed or sold by the medical device manufacturer
  • Medical devices that contain software, firmware, or programmable hardware components no longer supported by software developers
  • Medical devices with known risks to device safety and effectiveness that are unmitigated

 

Risk Management

 

risk managementFurther, the guidance calls for a risk management approach to product lifecycle management featuring:

 

  • Security risk analysis
  • Security risk evaluation
  • Security risk control
  • Security risk acceptability

 

The cybersecurity guidance expands on product design and how security is incorporated and maintained through the product life cycle. This can be accomplished through using risk control and a secure development framework.

 

Risk mitigation recommendations for medical device manufacturers include:

 

  • Security design and controls based on intended use of the medical device
  • Security risk assessments across the risk management process
  • Threat modelling to help determine operational risk

 

Security testing and communication for medical device manufacturers include:

 

  • Customer facing product security documentation & communication
  • Post-market monitoring of cybersecurity vulnerabilities
  • Identification of vulnerabilities in third party risk management
  • Vulnerability risk identification based on the device security design, controls, and mitigations

 

Ensuring availability of security patches & mitigations based on device risk:

 

  • Coordinated and clear communication to all affected users
  • Description related to the vulnerability and its corresponding mitigations
  • Identification of other mitigation options when a security patch is unavailable

 

Data Integrity

 

One of the core principles the guidance stresses is cybersecurity information, data integrity and the importance of information sharing. IMDRF encourages medical device industry stakeholders to implement a proactive pre- and post-market approach to cybersecurity information sharing.

 

Moreover, timely information can help the industry recognize threats, evaluate associated risks, and react quickly as needed. An increase in industry transparency could directly benefit healthcare providers, medical device users and medical device companies.

 

Security Updates

 

An important section of the medical device cybersecurity guidance details stakeholder responsibilities related communications, risk management, and transfer of responsibility. Specifically, it is important that medical device manufacturer communications are comprehensive & identify types of documentation needed and when the medical device user may need it. 

 

Product Security Documentation

 

Medical device manufacturers should ideally provide PLC documentation about security or support changes early in the Support stage. This helps HCP risk management during both the procurement & deployment of medical devices. Types of life cycle support for product security documentation includes:

 

  • Manufacturer disclosure statement for medical device security
  • Software Bill of Materials (SBOM)
  • Security test report summaries
  • Third-party security certifications
  • Customer security documentation

 

Product Life Cycle Documentation

 

Medical device companies should communicate the strategic life cycle milestones to their customers. Further, these interactions would include cybersecurity EOL and EOS dates if available. This helps to support HCPs during both the procurement & installation process.

 

Additionally, medical device manufacturers should provide this information as far in advance as possible. The goal is at least 2 years in advance to best support healthcare professionals with the following information:

 

  • Affected medical devices
  • Medical device operating system(s)
  • Version of medical device deployed
  • Medical device software components
  • Expected date of medical device service changes
  • Extent of medical device maintenance after a service change occurs
  • Additional design controls that help all involves parties

 

Vulnerability & Patching Information

 

If a vulnerability is uncovered, medical device companies should provide related vulnerability information. Further, the guidance specifically mentions the importance of both the appropriate mitigation or available software patch. Additionally, the guidance stresses an elevated priority be placed on high-risk vulnerabilities where timely communication is required. This communication is designed to help prevent both patient injury or device interruption.

 

Finally, the mitigation method and implementation instructions should be provided to the medical device operators. These security updates include both an over-air update or deployment of service personnel to help install the remedy.

 

Proactive Communications for Third-Party Components

 

Medical device software and other digital components within a medical device will reach EOL/EOS before the product itself does. In these cases, risk can increase based on the lack of support for these elements. To help compensate for these security risks, the cybersecurity guidance suggests medical device companies should:

 

  • Validate the list of third-party components used in medical devices
  • Track support status updates of third-party components used within their device
  • Assess the risks that exist when third-party components become unsupported
  • Communicate new risks and available risk mitigations to healthcare providers

 

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. 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 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. Regulatory Compliance Associates® 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. Very few medical device consulting companies have the same 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 posture throughout. We partner with medical device companies for the entire life cycle, including from the development of your product to the regulatory submission services involved with medical technology consulting.

 

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 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

 

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

 

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 medical device consultant assistance 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

 

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 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.

 

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 RCA

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.

 

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. 

 

In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR) Changes

 

Listen to this In Vitro Diagnostics highlight from RCA Radio where Seyed Khorashahi breaks down the EU’s move from list-based IVD device classifications to a rule-based IVDR medical device classification, resulting in four new device classes.
 
 

 

Listen to the entire episode where we go over all of the important things happening in the Medical Device industry here.

 

 

Device Classification Changes

  • List-based Classification to a Rule-Based 
    • Class A (lowest risk) to class D (highest risk), where class B, C, and D would require Notified Body (NB) involvement.
  • MDGC 202- 16 Guidance on Classification for in vitro diagnostic Medical Devices under Regulation (EU) 2017/746.

 

Lifecycle Approach

  • Establishment and Demonstration of effective Quality Management Systems (QMS).
  • More stringent requirements for clinical evidence that demonstrates conformity.
  • Post-Market Performance monitoring and reporting requirements.
  • Introduction of Unique Device Identifiers (UDIs) for improved traceability.

 

Supply Chain Oversight

  • Regulations covering the entire supply chain.
    • Economic Operators
      • Importers
      • Distributors
      • Authorized Representatives
  • Notified Bodies have discretionary authority to audit suppliers and subcontractors

 

About Seyed Khorashahi 

 

 

In Vitro Diagnostics

 

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

 

Seyed has significant domain expertise not only in FDA and EU standards but also in software systems and hardware development for medical devices. A passionate innovator, he is a skilled collaborator as well, with recognized leadership capabilities and a relentless drive to overcome technical and business challenges. He is an influencer, consensus-builder, and a leader with success in establishing and managing relationships with external partners, executives, and internal multi-functional teams.

 

About RCA’s Medical Device Consulting Services 

 

The regulatory process surrounding the medical device industry involves 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. 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 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. Regulatory Compliance Associates® 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. Very few medical device consulting companies have the same 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 posture throughout. We partner with medical device companies for the entire life cycle, including from the development of your product to the regulatory submission services involved with medical technology consulting.

 

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 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

 

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

 

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 medical device consultant assistance you need to monitor these processes and ensure quality compliance every step of the way.

 

With more than 20 years experience working in 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 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.

 

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 (PLM)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Due Diligence
  • Device Vigilance
  • Product Complaints
  • Medical Information

 

About RCA

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.

 

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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