However, estimates indicate that up to 75% of companies conduct audits only because they are required to by regulation. Businesses often see internal audit as a non-value added activity leading to meaningless findings, bureaucracy, and cumbersome processes. And despite having an internal audit program, management is often surprised when they receive a 483, Warning Letter, or even a Consent Decree. A well planned audit program can reduce these risks.
Continuous Improvement starts with awareness of issues and opportunities. And without an effective audit program, management lacks awareness of the issues within their quality system. Management is blind to the gaps in the quality system and the risk that poses for the company. Even worse, management is blind to the impact on product quality and risk to the customer. This webinar will highlight red-flags and ways to reduce compliance and quality risk.
Using lecture, interactive discussion, and exercises, this seminar will provide tools and techniques for you to develop or improve your audit program. Students will come away with key concepts, practice in these concepts, and extensive course notes for future use and reference. This 2-day seminar will cover the following areas:
- Using a structured program to identify areas of risk leading to an effective audit strategy.
- How to develop a meaningful structure of audit, oversight, transparent communication, and escalation to management review.
- How to ensure your audit staff is well trained to proactively identify, communicate, and escalate issues.
- How a culture of quality and compliance can encourage clear and transparent communication of risk.
- How to prioritize, resource, and implement corrective actions.
- Techniques for monitoring and communicating risk and improvement over time.
- How to identify residual risk.
- Signs that your company culture is taking unnecessary compliance or quality risk.
- How to ensure management gets valuable information from your audit program.
- Tools for documenting audit observations and managing corrective and preventive actions.
- Roles and responsibilities.
DAY 1 : (9 AM – 5 PM)
Lecture 1: Overview and Regulatory expectations
Lecture 2: Quality Systems requirements for medical devices
Lecture 3: The Audit Program
- Types and goals of audits
- Creating a program
- Risk Analysis
- Audit schedule
- Oversight, communication, monitoring, and escalation
Lecture 4: Linkages in your Quality System
- Metrics and Monitoring
- Management Review
- What the FDA can look at
- Record keeping and documentation
Lecture 5: Auditor Qualifications and Skills
DAY 2 : (9 AM – 5 PM)
Lecture 1: The Auditing Process
- Interviewing techniques
- Good documentation
- Monitoring progress
Lecture 2: Focus on Supplier Auditing
Lecture 3: Red Flags and Warning Signs
Lecture 4: Best Practices
Interactive Discussion and Exercises
Quality and Compliance Expert / Auditor for Medical Devices, Manz Consulting, Inc.
Susanne is a Presidential Scholar and has a BS in Biomedical Engineering and an MBA from the University of NM. She earned her Black Belt and Master Black Belt certifications while at Johnson and Johnson. Susanne also holds Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) from RAPS and is a Certified Quality Auditor by the American Society for Quality. She has also served as a judge for the ASQ ITEA awards. Susanne has now established a consulting business, Manz Consulting LLC, with a mission to provide services to help medical device companies achieve world-class quality and compliance.
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