Understanding Acceptance Activities for Medical Devices - Webinar by GlobalCompliancePanel

Venue: Online Training Webinar

Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Event Date/Time: Sep 14, 2010 End Date/Time: Sep 14, 2010
Registration Date: Sep 13, 2010
Early Registration Date: Sep 13, 2010
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Acceptance activities are common in device manufacturing, but seem to cause problems for some manufacturers. These problems range from simple instances of lack of procedures or acceptance criteria to misapplication of statistical methods.
The FDA's Quality system Regulation (QSR) sets requirements for acceptance activities related to medical device manufacture. The requirements cover three acceptance areas: receiving, in‑process, and final. In addition, QSR has specific requirements for procedures and minimum requirements for record keeping. FDA Warning Letters frequently cite this section of the regulations; it is in the top five sections cited.

This webinar explains the regulations and provides guidance on their implementation. We cite the regulations and discuss the FDA’s intent as provided in the preamble to the regulations. We explain the advice offer FDA’s QSR Manual. This guidance helps manufacturers implement the regulations using explanation and sample procedures and forms. The FDA has recommended, in Warning Letters, that manufacturer’s obtain a copy to help them come into full compliance.
The webinar concludes with an examination of some Warning Letters. We review some mistakes that manufacturers have made and point out ways to avoid them. We also see a few instances where a Warning Letter does not align with the guidance in the QSR Manual or the QSR preamble.

Why you should attend: Acceptance activities should be easy for device manufacturers. As one of the most frequently cited sections, however, there are issues and problems in this area of the regulations. This webinar will help you understand what you should do. By analyzing recent Warning Letters, you can learn from the mistakes of others, and ensure your acceptance activities fully comply with both good practice and the regulatory requirements.

Your Quality Management System (QMS) should be able to address these questions quickly and easily. If not, then your team needs to attend this webinar!

* Do you know when you can use a visual check and inspection for damage at receiving acceptance?
* Do you link supplier evaluation and selection to your receiving acceptance activities?
* Can you use product in production even if you have not fully completed the receiving inspection or tests?
* If you inspect product, do you have to record all the quantitative measurements, or can just record the inspection results?
* If you use sampling plans, can you show the Operating Characteristic (OC) curve for the plan and explain what it means?
* Does your QMS link process validation with the sampling plans to help assure you are in a state of control?
* If a customer returns product, do you need to apply receiving acceptance activities?
* When you release final product for distribution, do you know the record keeping requirements for the authorization?

Areas Covered in the Session:

* The QSR Requirements for Acceptance Activities
o Procedures
o Record keeping
o Receiving
o In-process
o Final
o Acceptance Status
* QSR Manual
o Understanding the definition of a product
o What to include in acceptance activity procedures
o Understanding and stating acceptance criteria
o Supplier testing as part of receiving acceptance
o Contract laboratory testing as part of receiving inspection
o Sampling plans and the OC curve
* Warning letters
o Analysis of Warning Letters that cover all aspects of acceptance activities

Who Will Benefit: This seminar is designed for people involved in production, validation, and verification activities.

Attendees should understand the concepts of processes and their interactions. Knowledge of SPC and designed experiments will be useful, but is not required.

People in the following roles can especially benefit from the knowledge in this webinar:

* Quality Managers
* Quality Professionals
* Production Managers
* Production Supervisors
* Manufacturing Engineers
* Production Engineers
* Design Engineers
* Process Owners
* Purchasing Professionals
* Inspection and test Managers


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