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Industry Needs to Drive the Dialogue Regarding FDA’s Quality Metrics Initiative

Guest blog written by Walter Morris, Director of Publishing, Parenteral Drug Association, on behalf of the PDA Quality Metrics Task Force

The US FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) reached out earlier this year to industry and the public for input into plans to implement parts of the 2012 Food Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA).1 Quality manufacturing leaders in the industry must now seize this opportunity to help bring about real changes to a system of regulatory inspection and enforcement that, in spite of reasonable attempts at reform over the last decade, is struggling with new challenges. Continued high-cost enforcement actions, plant closures, drug shortages and, regrettably, real harm to patients have pushed everyone involved with this industry to recognize, finally, that a new regulatory and quality paradigm is needed.

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Putting FDA’s “Process Validation” Guidance into Action

Guest blog by Justin O. Neway, PhD., Vice President & Chief Science Officer, Aegis Analytical,

More than a year has passed since the FDA issued its guidance, “Process Validation: General  Principles and Practices,” which describes process validation in three stages – Process Design, Process Qualification and Continued Process Verification. Companies are making progress with how to incorporate these guidelines cost effectively for science-based decision making that improves quality–the consequences of poor quality are too costly. Read more »

IT and Operational Technology Convergence: Are You Ready?

Gartner has developed a body of research around the convergence of IT and Operational Technology (OT) and the implications for organizations (1). Much of the research speaks to the opportunities and challenges this convergence presents to organizations. By way of definition operational technology, according to Gartner, refers to “physical-equipment-oriented technology” (e.g., manufacturing equipment) that is shifting from proprietary, hardware-based to open, software-based technology. Thus the lines are becoming blurred as to who “owns” and supports the infrastructure, integration, upgrades, security and analyses of OT software systems. Read more »