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Survey: Life Sciences Industry Mobile Adoption

Merit Solutions is interested in feedback on the prevalence of mobile software solutions within the Life Sciences Industry. We would like to better understand the views of executives in the Life Sciences industry in order to discover the trends and adoption of mobility in highly regulated organizations.

This survey has 10 questions and takes less than 5 minutes. As a token of appreciation for your time, the first 150 qualified responses will receive a $15 Amazon gift card.

The survey can be accessed two ways:

Because we highly value your candid input, your answers will be treated as strictly confidential and your name / email will only be used to send your gift card after survey completion. No information you provide will be shared with any partner in any form.

All respondents will also be sent a summary of the responses upon survey close.

Compliance: Robust Reporting is Key

Government regulations are becoming more prevalent and we can only expect this trend to continue. Just because they don’t touch your business today doesn’t mean they won’t in the near future. Compliance isn’t just for the finance folks anymore. Which is why it’s important to consider compliance issues while selecting an ERP software solution.

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The New Inspectorate

It has been a little over a year since the FDA issued a memo outlining the reorganization they would undertake to change inspection activities. This plan is expected to better align resources in order to achieve their objectives. At its core, the change will move the agency from a regionally based system to a product focused method. Each region currently has a mixture of investigators that are generalists with those that are product specific. To first develop the expertise necessary, product types will be identified within certain programs.

  • Pharmaceutical quality (CDER)

  • Food

  • Medical Devices

  • CBER

  • Tobacco

  • Bioresearch monitoring


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Device Add-Ons- Separate but not Equal- Maybe.

The FDA has recently issued guidance regarding the risk of device accessories. They will no longer be considered as part of one big happy family included in the risk of the parent device. This new proposal states that the classification for a medical device accessory should be based on the risk they bring when used with the parent and not based on the parent’s risk. This applies to many items including apps and other connectivity technologies. This will require additional work for the manufacturer to assess the risk of perhaps multiple additions to a device.

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Medical Device Security-Beyond a Data Breach

In today’s technology obsessed world, even the delivery of healthcare is dependent on software driven devices. Some are standalone, others are networked together. With the ever growing web of connectivity and the movement towards personal medical care, security issues predictably arise. Hacking has become so common place, we are no longer surprised when it happens. Losing your credit card information is bad enough but what if a wearable device was compromised by an anonymous cyber criminal? Remember, the motivation for someone to control another individual’s pacemaker or insulin pump is irrelevant, the point is that if something can be hacked, someone will find away to do it. Hackers may use these devices as another means to troll for personal information.

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Green Validation Webinar: Automating the Validation Process

Managing validation document lifecycles and deliverables can be error-prone and time-consuming. Which leads to the question: "Can paperless validation be a reality?"

Join us for our Green Validation Webinar on Tuesday, February 24th, at 12:00pm Eastern (9:00am Pacific) as Valarie King-Bailey, CEO of OnShore Technology Group, discusses effectively managing validation processes and documentation in a consistent and green manner.

This session will cover the following topics regarding ERP validation:

  • Initiating the validation activities early in an ERP project.
  • Eliminating paper documentation and slow approval processes.
  • Reducing time to completion by 50%.

Learn how to ensure compliance, streamline validation, and reduce costs by registering now for this webinar!

And then take a look at the other upcoming sessions we have in our Mastering Compliance and Innovation Life Sciences Webinar Series

Life Sciences Executive Webinar Series - "Mastering Compliance and Innovation"

Merit Solutions and OnShore Technology Group are excited to launch a new monthly Life Sciences Executive Webinar Series titled "Mastering Compliance and Innovation”. This series will identify ways Life Sciences organizations can excel beyond the basics and leverage innovative technologies to achieve continuous improvement and global success.

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MDSAP: Another Attempt at a One Size Fits All Audit

There are significant challenges to meet the regulatory requirements to sell products globally. It is necessary to be audited by regulators from these countries or by an accredited independent group. In some cases, countries will not accept a report that was generated for another jurisdiction. For some companies this can mean subjecting to many inspections and for international regulator’s inspectors to rack up the miles. This can become expensive and also slow the process of new product introduction.

To address this issue some regulatory authorities are developing a program to allow a single inspection team from a recognized auditing organization to satisfy the requirements of the participating countries. The Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) is in a pilot phase. This has the potential to be a win-win for both regulators and manufacturers as they can utilize their resources more efficiently.

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What Keeps You Up at Night? 2014 in Review for Medical Device Companies

Quality compliance is never a static concern. With changes in programs and new guidance documents it may feel like trying to hit a moving target. During online discussions, many device manufacturers indicated that their areas of biggest concern were inspections, followed by product recalls, warning letters, UDI implementation and CAPA. Clearly, no one is alone in their concerns.

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510(k) Clearance Without the Snags

In the US, there are two regulatory processes used to obtain marketing clearance for a device. 510(k) is a type of premarket submission where there is a substantially equivalent predicate device. Without this comparison, the submission would require a PMA (Premarket Approval). This process applies to most class II devices. The submission must demonstrate the same safety and effectiveness characteristics of the predicate device. A successful submission results in the permission to distribute and sell. A PMA requires evidence from controlled trials to prove the safety and effectiveness of the device.

The submission process is challenging and it changes periodically so it is important to keep current. In December, the FDA issued draft guidance on how it tracks clearances that change ownership. This can happen when a product or company is divested to another. The FDA receives notification of this change but difficulties can sometimes arise when trying to trace the history. The electronic registry developed in 2012 facilitates this tracking. Regardless of the past ownership, there remain key issues to focus on when preparing the submission.

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