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7 Golden Rules of Effective Corrective Action

Quality / June 28, 2017

One of the last things you want to hear after a safety or quality incident is “I knew this would happen.”

Why is this statement so common when a problem occurs? Often, it’s a history of similar incidents, previous near-misses, or simply because the warning signs were always there. No matter the reason, it’s a sign that your corrective action process is not working.

With that in mind, let’s look at 7 golden rules of corrective action that will help boost your effectiveness and prevent problems before they happen.

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7 Must-Haves for Any Cloud-Based QMS

Quality / June 7, 2017

According to a survey by IDG Enterprise, a full 7 in 10 companies now use at least one application in the cloud. Cloud-based platforms are now common in nearly all fields of business, a growing trend that includes Quality Management System (QMS) platforms.

If your team is considering using a cloud-based QMS, this checklist of must-haves will help you ensure you get a solution that fits your business.

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7 Ways to Use the Pareto Principle to Improve Quality Management

Quality / March 30, 2017

Quality management experts throughout history have used the Pareto Principle (also called the 80/20 rule) in various ways. Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist, first came up with the idea based on his observation that 80 percent of Italy’s land belonged to just 20 percent of the country’s population.

Joseph Juran, one of the fathers of quality management, later adapted it into “The Rule of the Vital Few.”  The ratio doesn’t have to be 80/20, and the numbers don’t have to add up to 100, but the idea is simple: a small number of inputs have an outsized impact on the outputs. For example, 20 percent of causes create 80 percent of your quality problems. In a more familiar example, most of us probably wear just 10 percent of what’s in our closets for 80 percent of the time.

With that in mind, this post looks at 7 ways you can apply the Pareto Principle to improve your quality management efforts.

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3 Quality Management Predictions for 2017

Quality / December 28, 2016

2017 is rapidly approaching! To help you get prepared, we put together a post on our top predictions for what’s in store for quality management next year. Read on for these, along with blog articles to help get you on the fast track to compliance.

Enjoy—and we wish you a happy and healthy New Year.

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Smart Manufacturing [Infographic] + New ASQ Certification Adds Focus for Quality Professionals

Top Stories, Compliance, Quality / December 9, 2016

This week we are covering topics involving quality and compliance. From smart manufacturing to a new ASQ certification, we have it all covered.

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Visuality at Work + The Quality You Don’t See

Top Stories, Quality / November 18, 2016

Hey there! This week’s roundup brings you the latest from the Quality industry. We will take a look at how to improve productivity in the workplace visually, why we should be thankful for the quality we don’t see and how QMS solutions help businesses reach their quality destinations. Enjoy!

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3 Benefits of Nonconformance Management Software

Quality / November 16, 2016

In compliance management, the role of managing and tracking nonconformances is a critical step to ensuring that product defects are flagged and handled properly. Whenever there is a product that differs from plans and specifications, something must be done. Typically, it will be flagged as a nonconforming material.

This means you need to do one of two things: issue a deviation from that specification or take action to determine the nature of the defect or nonconformance and seek to resolve it.

The Nonconformance Management Software module is designed to do that.

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Smart Manufacturing + A Risk-Driven Approach to FDA Inspections

Top Stories, Quality / October 21, 2016

This week’s roundup consists of the Life Science industry and what’s going on this month. We have an article from LNS Research on how to achieve smart manufacturing, an article from Quality Digest on how the FDA is enhancing their approach to drug review and development and our own post on how to prepare for, manage and follow up an FDA inspection with a risk-driven approach.

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Regarding Risk: A Response from Verse Solutions

Quality / October 19, 2016

This week’s post is a follow up response from last week’s “letter”—if you missed last week’s post, see it in full here.

Dear “Looking for Improvement,”

Thank you for reaching out. Here at Verse Solutions we love to help others help themselves. You had written and concluded your letter with three questions regarding our Risk Management tools.

Let’s get started:

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Regarding Risk:  A Letter to Verse Solutions

Quality / October 12, 2016

Dear Verse Solutions,

Hi there. I am the project manager for my company. Recently, we had to run an internal audit at the last minute. Unfortunately, we did not pass.

I am reaching out to you in hopes that you can answer a few of my questions regarding your Risk Management solutions.  

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