If a company can catch mistakes early on, they have the ability to make necessary changes before the issue is released into the marketplace, thus another way to proactively protect consumer health and safety. When manufacturers have a change management system in place as part of their EQMS, they are able to monitor this change request process from start to finish with one system, creating a standardized and streamlined method that alleviates the potential for mistakes.
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The most promising way to go about addressing these issues more proactively is to ensure quality processes are transparent across the organization, as well as its entire supplier network. If companies can maintain visibility into the entire supplier network, fewer compliance audits would be needed because all of the data and information is already compiled in a quality management system, and therefore the company has more control of its supply chain and current product development cycle.
Companies would be able to verify that incidents, investigations, corrective actions, and change management were monitored in one system, assigned to specific employees for resolution, and closed per requirements. There would be no deviation from standard operating procedures or compliance requirements, which provides reassurance for both the company and the inspector, thus streamlining the entire process.
When inspectors see food and beverage organizations using an EQMS to manage their quality processes across all facilities and their supplier networks, they know they are reviewing a single version of the truth and that the company is in compliance with regulatory requirements.
Kuchinski, the industry solution director at Sparta Systems, has 20 years of product management and marketing experience with a focus on consumer packaged goods, chemicals, life sciences, and technology. She has an MBA from LaSalle University and Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Reach her at email@example.com.
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