Conducting Successful Product Complaint Investigations
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An effective complaint handling system is an extremely important part of any quality system. Manufacturers should understand that any complaint received on a product shall be evaluated and, if necessary, thoroughly investigated and analyzed, and corrective action shall be taken.
The results of this evaluation should lead to a conclusion regarding whether the complaint was valid, what the root cause of the complaint was, and what action is necessary to prevent further occurrences. Complaints cannot be ignored. They are an excellent indicator of problems with the use, design, and/or manufacture of a product.
A single complaint that is thoroughly investigated may lead a company to take remedial or corrective action. It may also take an ongoing analysis of numerous complaints before a trend is spotted that causes a company to initiate changes in their product, labeling, packaging or distribution. The regulatory expectations for both pharmaceuticals and medical devices will be emphasized as well as overview of best practices for timely and effective investigations.
Areas Covered in the Session:
Who Will Benefit:
- Understand how and why CAPA is tied in to product complaint investigations
- Examples of tools currently being used to conduct investigations
- How far and in-depth do you go with your investigations
- What are current FDA "hot" buttons and trends
- Benchmarks and best practices for investigations
- How to become a "good" investigator and the emphasis on closed-loop investigations
- Why risk-based approaches are vital to the decision-making process
- How to improve and bullet-proof your product complaint management system with investigations
- All levels of Management for all departments and those who desire a better understanding
- QA/QC/Compliance/Regulatory Affairs
- Marketing & Sales & Customer Service
- Engineering/Technical Services
- Operations and Manufacturing
David R. Dills, is Director of Regulatory Services at CROMSOURCE, an international contract research organization (CRO) to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. Mr. Dills has more than 28 years of experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry.
He has held positions of increasing responsibility with sponsor and service companies of various sizes, including large, global OEM's/sponsors, consultancies and a global CRO, as well as virtual, small, mid and large-sized enterprises and has serviced sponsors and clients in multiple global locations.
Mr. Dills most recent position was President and Principal, Global Regulatory Affairs Consultant with a consultancy in the US, and prior to that he served in senior level regulatory and compliance roles for various organizations.
He has a range of expertise in different therapeutic areas and medical specialties for pharma and medical devices, including combination products.
David enjoys interpreting the regulatory precedents and new legislation, developing the regulatory strategy as part of strategic regulatory consulting, Agency meeting preparation and engagement, conducting persuasive communication with regulatory authorities, executing an effective path to approval for submissions and marketing applications with multi-country registrations and approvals, developing GxP compliance strategies from premarketing to postmarketing from R&D, Manufacturing/Operations, Postmarket and to delivering regulatory and compliance training to internal and external stakeholders, and striving for overall corporate compliance with regulations in The Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.
He has managed regulatory and compliance projects with multiple competing priorities having a direct impact on site operations commercial opportunities and enjoys adding business value to clients by providing strategic and tactical solutions that facilitate the achievement of regulatory and compliance milestones and on minimizing delays due to noncompliance and regulatory risk.
He has worked directly with global manufacturers and sponsors engaged in compliance remediation activities and services involving enforcement actions and customer generated compliance events, inspection preparation, among other regulatory and compliance responsibilities.