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Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine, President, Devine Guidance International
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Identification and Traceability

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Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine, President, Devine Guidance International

The identification and traceability (sections 820.60 and 820.65) for products and finished medical devices, throughout the entire manufacturing process, including raw materials employed during the manufacturing process, and the subsequent sale and distribution of medical devices, are critical elements of the Quality System Regulation (QSR).

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Supplier Maintenance Assessments

By Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine
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Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine, President, Devine Guidance International

If a supplier scored well on their original selection assessment, or scores well on repeat maintenance assessments—say, a score of 90 percent or above for argumentative sake—and your organization is receiving 100 percent conforming product (yes, imagine a perfect world), what is the value of performing an annual or regularly scheduled maintenance assessment? Dr. D does not see any upside. Now I could write a philippic (yep, look up time again) that takes medical device organizations to task in regards t…

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Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine, President, Devine Guidance International
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Supplier Metrics

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Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine, President, Devine Guidance International

To ensure supplier surprises are kept to a bare minimum, an organization cannot simply rely on thaumaturgy (go ahead and look it up). Supplier performance must be continuously gauged for effectiveness, and a feedback loop created to ensure suppliers are receiving accurate information in regards to their overall performance. Additionally, supplier performance metrics should be included into your management review process. Management must be informed of parlous issues that can result in the need for field…

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SCARs and Rules

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Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine, President, Devine Guidance International

Welcome back to this sixth installment of Devine Guidance . I am not one to assume a Panglossian view (time to pull out the dictionary again) when dealing with problem suppliers and the need to pursue corrective action. However, at times the ugly SCAR becomes unavoidable. In fact, evidence of effective corrective action, as it pertains to suppliers is a requirement and the FDA, notified bodies, and other regulatory bodies will verify the effectiveness of the approach pursued by your organization. Additi…

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Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine, President, Devine Guidance International
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Gage R & R and Reduced RI Programs

By Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine
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Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine, President, Devine Guidance International

Since the concept of writing a weekly blog and actually having a following is somewhat foreign to me, I was not sure what to expect or the reception I would receive writing a weekly column. So far, the support and responses have been overwhelmingly positive; and for that, I would personally like to thank the readers. Additionally, I will continue to write about and provide relevant information associated with supplier quality (four installments remaining) and will eventually begin addressing quality and…

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Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine, President, Devine Guidance International
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For an Effective Supplier Selection Process

By Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine
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Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine, President, Devine Guidance International

To my colleagues who have decided to rejoin me for an ongoing exploration into the trials and tribulations of effective supplier management for the medical device industry, thank you for returning. I hope you will be able to glean some useful information from the compilation of current industry practices, concepts extracted from my doctoral dissertation, and an overall common-sense approach to supplier quality. It is my personal belief that pursing the ideas presented within this paper, and scheduled to…

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Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine, President, Devine Guidance International
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Manage Your Suppliers

By Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine
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Dr. Christopher Joseph Devine, President, Devine Guidance International

The medical device industry is in a perpetual state of change as technology continues to evolve, while standards and regulations are in constant state of rescript to ensure the ongoing safety and efficacy of medical devices. This dynamic industry demands an equally dynamic approach to quality. Antediluvian approaches to quality that were premised on inspection, inspection, and more inspection, are just not viable options today. In the coming months, I would like to enlist my colleagues and ask that you …

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