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Root Cause Analysis A Key Element Of FDA’s ‘Case For Quality’

This article was originally published in The Silver Sheet

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CDRH is highlighting poor root cause analysis as part of its “Case for Quality,” an initiative that encourages companies to make quality assurance an organization-wide concern. Since FDA directed firms in 2009 to write FDA-483 response letters within 15 workdays after an inspection, the agency has been concerned that companies might feel compelled to fix every citation listed on the inspection form quickly without considering root causes. “What we are worried about is that this perceived need to respond in such a manner may prevent firms from taking time for a greater root cause assessment of the systemic problems that gave rise to the FDA-483 citations,” CDRH Office of Compliance Director Steven Silverman said. The Case for Quality will also examine how companies are inspected and how to make device quality data more accessible to firms.

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