Guest Columns

  1. Dos And Don’ts Of Assessing Usage Risk
    12/3/2018

    Effectively conducting a uFMEA not only facilitates correct identification of existing usage risk, it aids in the generation of crucial design updates for risk reduction or elimination.

  2. Understanding FDA’s Quality In 510(k) “Quik” Review Program Pilot
    11/28/2018

    On Sept. 6, 2018, FDA announced the launch of a new pilot 510(k) program. This initiative, the Quality in 510(k) “Quik” Review Program Pilot, proposes an alternate pathway to regulatory submission and approval for medical devices. Quik is in its early stages and is therefore limited in scope, but it nonetheless offers another approach to premarket notification. This article examines what makes Quik different from traditional 510(k) submissions, plus its benefits and challenges for medical device manufacturers.

  3. Advanced Auditing Strategies To Detect Data Integrity Risks
    11/26/2018

    Data integrity is essential in the pharma, biologics, and medical device manufacturing industries. Not only is complete, accurate, and reliable data necessary to assure drug safety and quality, the growing reliance on increasingly sophisticated digital systems means that issues relating to data integrity are increasingly complex.

  4. Four Ways MedTech Can Thrive In Emerging Markets
    11/26/2018

    Just two percent of the revenues generated by the top 200 medical device companies arise from emerging markets. To achieve greater success, medtech must look beyond the legacy approaches that led to success serving the billion richest patients in the world.

  5. The World’s Scariest — And Most Promising — Medical Device Market
    11/19/2018

    Despite a labyrinth of risks to overcome, the Mexican medical device market is primed for growth, and presents tremendous opportunity to medtechs that can navigate its pitfalls.

  6. Fault Tree Analysis: Uncover The Root Causes Of More Complex Problems
    11/16/2018

    A refreshed approach to fault tree analysis can be an incredibly helpful addition to your problem-solving armamentarium. Having the confidence to begin using it — or begin using it more often — is the first step toward getting more comfortable with it and mastering its effects and nuances.

  7. Understanding Clinical Evaluation Reports Under The EU MDR
    11/7/2018

    Despite the CER being a critical compliance element for medtechs doing business in the EU, there continues to be significant lack of clarity regarding key requirements and best practices for creating these reports.

  8. Global Impact: China’s Regulations On The Supervision And Administration Of Medical Devices
    11/5/2018

    As China’s National Medical Products Administration nears finalization of its 2018 draft Amendments to the Regulations on the Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices, medical device companies should understand the impact these changes will have on the global medical device market.

  9. Apple Watch Approval Marks Shift In Device Development And Approvals
    10/24/2018

    Getting to this point has been a multi-year progression of technological development and regulatory evolution by both the market and government.

  10. Data (Integrity) Pirates: Preventing And Detecting Malicious Intent
    10/22/2018

    During a recent meeting of data integrity professionals, a fundamental question was posed by a member of the group: “How can one prevent or detect malicious intent as it relates to changes to information and the impact to data integrity?”