3-hr Virtual Seminar: Auditing, Qualifying and Controlling, Suppliers and Contractors for Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices (Purchasing Controls)

Duration: 180 Minutes
While there is very little disagreement about the importance of controlling suppliers and contractors, quality problems and compliance issues attributed to supplier/contractor failures continue to be very problematic in our industry.
Supplier Audit
Instructor: Howard T Cooper
Product ID: 500170
Some reasons this problem exists include lack of understanding of the process and its requirements, fragmented procedures that do not consider the logic and flow of the processes as a whole, the failure to understand the interdepartmental tasks and responsibilities, and the failure to communicate the requirements to the supplier or contractor. These failures are frequently seen in FDA 43 citations and warning letters. Senior Management can see the impact on profit and customer satisfaction.

The FDA continues to place a high priority on quality failures attributed to supplier/contractor failures caused by supplier/contractor provided components and products. The root cause is a failure of the company to control the supplier and contractor. In May 2013, the FDA published the quality agreement guidance on the requirements for quality agreements. While this may clarify some compliance issues, more understanding of quality systems is required to sufficiently address these issues.
  1. Introduction, Purpose, and Objectives
  2. Basic Regulatory and ICH/IMDRF (Was GHTF) Requirements for Suppliers and Contractors
    • Defining common terminology found in FDA regulations and ICH & GHTF documents
    • Comparing regulatory and guidance citations for pharmaceuticals and medical devices
    • FDA Guidance 5/24/2013-Contract Manufacturing Arrangements for Drugs: Quality Agreements
    • Current Industry Practice
  3. Moving Beyond the Basics-Add Your Company’s Requirements Plus
    • Answer This Question-Are you satisfied with minimum requirements?
    • Establishing your company’s policies and procedures
    • Your company’s criteria established for approval or rejection of suppliers
    • Other regulatory requirements such as DEA, NRC, EPA, & OSHA
    • The virtual company that outsources all manufacturing and testing
  4. Organizing and Establishing the Supplier/Contractor Qualification and Control Program
    • Senior Management must assure that an inter-functional team, consisting of quality and other impacted functions, is established with defined roles and responsibilities
    • Requirements and objectives should be established in a corporate policy
    • Procedures must be developed describing the entire process for qualifying a supplier describing the flow of activities, the inputs and outputs, and responsibilities for each function...
    • A virtual company requires special considerations and procedural modifications
  5. A flowchart with the entire process for selecting, auditing, and qualifying suppliers and contractors will be discussed. Some of the processes included are:
    • Identifying suppliers, initial research, and qualifying their samples/prototypes
    • Audit preparation-selecting audit team, preparing the agenda, & other preparation
    • Conduct audit including the opening and closing meetings
    • Evaluating the audit data to determine qualification status
    • Preparing the audit report and the corrective action requirements
    • Sending the report and evaluating the supplier/contractor response
    • Follow-Up, monitoring, and determining audit frequency
    • Qualifying for reduced testing
    • Supplier disqualification
  6. The Changing Supplier/Contractor Paradigm and the Future

Why Should you Attend:
Whatever your experience level is, this webinar will help you understand the entire lifecycle of suppliers and contractors. They gaining an understanding of the processes, you can compare your processes to the processes described in this webinar. You’ll see the strengths and weaknesses of your own processes so that you may build on the strengths and improve the weaknesses. The result will be a more effective operation.

Objectives of the Presentation:
  • To clearly define the regulatory requirements for incoming material controls and suppliers/contractors
  • To introduce quality concepts and principles outside the regulations that improves supplier/contractor control and effectiveness
  • To provide a perspective on the FDA guidance "Contract Manufacturing Arrangements for Drugs: Quality Agreements", May-2013
  • To enhance the understanding of the supplier-contractor lifecycle by using flowcharts describing the logical inputs and outputs of the process
  • To describe the "What & How" for establishing a program for effectively controlling suppliers and contractors
Who can Benefit:
  • Material Laboratory Managers & Personnel
  • Incoming Warehouse
  • Purchasing & Production
  • Quality Assurance Managers
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Instructor Profile:
Howard T Cooper has over 40 years’ experience managing, designing, developing, implementing, and mitigating GMP quality systems in the pharmaceutical, medical device, nutraceutical, & food industries. He started his quality career at Anheuser-Busch as a quality management trainee which provided a very advanced and preventative approach toward quality systems. He quickly advanced to a managerial role experiencing responsibilities for quality management, quality system mitigation, and startup of new breweries. After leaving the brewing industry, he joined a medical device contractor when the Medical Device Amendments were being finalized. His first challenge was to establish a GMP system that met the needs of the large medical device clients that contracted with the company to produced finished medical devices. This very successful challenge led him to focus on startup quality systems and to mitigate failing quality systems.

His experience includes:
  • Designing and implementing Quality Systems from scratch in several startup operations.
  • Managing both single and multiple site quality operations
  • Assisted in revamping failing quality systems under warning letters and consent decrees
  • Advised large FDA regulated companies to improve their quality operations.

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