Establish and Maintain an Effective Supplier Qualification Program

Instructor: David Dills
Product ID: 701036
  • Duration: 60 Min

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The process is critical for device manufacturers to effectively evaluate and select suppliers and subsequently implement agreements ensuring consistent material quality and/or services provided.


This webinar will provide a valuable and informative overview and guidance to manufacturers, especially medical device companies that are preparing to establish or have established supplier/vendor management qualification programs.

Why Should You Attend:

FDA considers the supplier as an extension of your operation. You are liable for supplier’s conduct (as it relates to your product). FDA will deal with your company in case of product failure, especially as related to end user or patient safety concerns. FDA has the right to see certain elements of your supplier qualification/purchasing controls related proof, i.e., the documentation. Learn why and how to establish and maintain the requirements, including quality requirements, that must be met by suppliers, contractors, and consultants. Understand why you need to evaluate and select potential suppliers, contractors, and consultants on the basis of their ability to meet specified requirements, including quality requirements. Document this evaluation or assessment and define the type and extent of control to be exercised based on the evaluation results. You need to establish and maintain data that clearly describe or reference the specified requirements, including quality requirements. Identify the key elements of a robust, sustainable and successful supplier qualification program.

The process is critical for device manufacturers to effectively evaluate and select suppliers and subsequently implement agreements ensuring consistent material quality and/or services provided. The process defines the elements associated with a supplier's processes that are critical to quality. It also defines how conformance to manufacturer requirements will be monitored and verified.

Areas Covered in the seminar:

  • Learn the pre-selection, selection and assessment process through the use of various tools.
  • Methods, techniques and strategies that work and are proven with supplier relations and qualification.
  • Supplier Agreements, Quality Agreements and other documentation including Audits/Assessments.
  • What to measure and how to measure supplier performance and assign classifications or levels.
  • Selection and qualification of suppliers by audits and performance analysis are part of your quality system.
  • Approved Supplier List and areas to be targeted during the assessment or evaluation.
  • Learn the elements of the SOP and the assessment of supplier capabilities.

Who will benefit:

The employees who will benefit include:

  • All levels of Management and personnel from all departments who desire to learn how this process works.
  • QA/QC/Compliance/Regulatory Affairs
  • SEngineering/R&D/Technical Services
  • Purchasing/Procurement/Sourcing
  • Consultants
  • Operations/Manufacturing/Validation

Instructor Profile:

David R. Dills, Industry Consultant, departed PAREXEL Consulting in July 2008 due to service line organizational change with SCOPE (Strategic Compliance & Operational Excellence). Prior to joining the consultancy Mr. Dills has provided independent consultative services in various capacities from pre-marketing to post-marketing within the technical, quality, regulatory affairs and compliance arena to pharmaceutical, Class I/II/III medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and biologics/biotech companies with an emphasis on establishing sustainable compliance systems. Mr. Dills also served as Director of Publications, Regulatory & Compliance for the Institute of Validation Technology. Through his work, Mr. Dills has been affiliated within the FDA-regulated life sciences industry for more than nineteen years in the areas of QA, Quality Engineering, Validation, RA/Compliance, and Corporate/Operations Management and previously employed on behalf of well-known, globally recognized device manufacturers and service providers in conjunction with marketing and business development.

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