Navigating Product Development and Compliance
Helping to navigate product development and compliance for the life science industry. Our SaaS-based solutions enable customers to structure their data and automate compliance processes with built-in quality templates and automated generation of deliverables to save time and money, delivering their products to market faster with less risk.
The delicate balance between investing and cost-saving at a venture-backed startup or SME is challenging. Particularly at pre-revenue, the CEO and leadership team must steward the capital responsibly and make tough decisions about where to invest – decisions that affect the company’s survival and success.
Giving customers more time to focus on developing great products. If you are part of a product development team, you know how tedious and time-consuming documentation can be to manage in various word or excel files. We set out to solve that problem over 10 years ago when we launched our solution, Cockpit. Our goal was to provide a unified and scalable environment to enable companies to structure data and automate processes for more efficient and accurate product development.
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Imagine developing a medical device or drug that could be claimed to work without any evidence….
Systems engineering should be used more often in medical device product development. This may be a strong statement, but it can be transformative for device development through decreased development costs, streamlining of interactions with the FDA, and reduced time-to-market. We would like to address this through a series of articles on systems engineering role in Medical Device Product Development of which this is the first.
There are many inputs to consider when designing a new medical device product: user needs, regulatory requirements, and internal and external customer requirements, to name a few. Finding harmony and documenting everything is not a simple paperwork exercise. This can be overwhelming to even the most seasoned medical device professional. How do you make sure the user needs are linked to actionable requirements, and ensure that all requirements have been addressed?
Often in medical device product development, functions exist in silos. Risk, requirements, and test management functions often exist separately, on their own - different systems, different teams, different objectives. Yet, the data related to these functions are both continuously changing and highly dependent on one another. Some type of process is needed to (1) manage the effect of changes across all three systems and (2) provide evidence of a process for notified bodies if and when needed.
SEPARATE RISK MANAGEMENT AND FMEA FOR BETTER MEDICAL DEVICE DEVELOPMENT. The below is an excerpt of the article originally published on MDDI. FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) is utilized to identify potential failure modes in the design or manufacturing of a product. But risks associated with medical devices are not created by failures alone. A product may never fail, but there are still potentially many other risks.
Commonly issued after an FDA inspection, a Form 483 informs a company of observations requiring corrective actions. The Form 483 is often referred to as “Inspectional Observations” as it is a list of conditions or practices that indicate a potential violation of FDA requirements. The form is compiled in order of importance and is considered a snapshot of potential issues; it should not be considered all-encompassing.
There are many immediate short-term benefits a compliance software tool can provide to your life science organization: improved documentation, streamlined day-to-day compliance activities, project data unification, and other advantages. But there are many important long-term benefits that may get overlooked. When deciding to adopt these software tools, it’s important to understand how they can promote growth and innovation at your company.