Supplier Quality Assurance Agreements: Why a General Supply Agreement May Not Be Enough with Some Suppliers

Instructor: Betty Lane
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  • Duration: 75 Min

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This webinar will provide you the information you need to create supplier quality agreements (QA Agreements) with key suppliers and to understand which of your suppliers should have these agreements to meet expectations of the FDA and ISO 13485 Notified Body auditors.

Course "Supplier Quality Assurance Agreements: Why a General Supply Agreement May Not Be Enough with Some Suppliers" has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 1 RAC credits towards a participant's RAC recertification upon full completion.

Why Should You Attend:

This presentation will provide an understanding of what the current guidance documents suggest you include in supplier agreements. Quality Assurance (QA) agreements are usually more flexible than standard supplier agreements and can therefore be more detailed and easier to modify than standard supplier contracts which often require legal, as well as management approval. QA agreements with your suppliers can be the easiest way to assure both your company and auditors that you have sufficient control of your key and critical suppliers. QA agreements give details of who is responsible for what between you and your supplier. Yet, because these agreements are detailed and specific to a particular supplier, they should only be used for those suppliers where they provide value. Even if your key suppliers are only from different branches of your own company, a supplier QA agreement can be an important tool to show the FDA and ISO 13485 Notified Body auditors that you have the required control of these suppliers.

In addition to defining the content of a supplier agreement, this presentation will help you decide who needs these agreements and how best to implement them. Supplier control has always been an FDA and ISO 13485 requirement, but the current expectation is that you actually document this control as part of your supplier management program, and QA agreements can be an easy way to demonstrate this control for key or critical suppliers.

This presentation will help you prepare for the current expectations of FDA and ISO 13485 notified bodies for demonstrating that you have sufficient control of your key suppliers.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn why QA agreements are necessary and desirable.
  • To review which suppliers need QA agreements with.
  • To the contents of supplier Quality Assurance agreements.

Areas Covered in the Seminar:

  • The types of suppliers that should have QA Agreements to assure FDA and ISO 13485 compliance.
  • Explanation, and use of the Global harmonization Task Force s (GHTF) and NBOC supplier guidance documents to create QA agreements.
  • How to create supplier QA agreements and the best way to implement them.
  • Definition of and requirements for Critical suppliers.
  • Supplier agreements best practices.

Who Will Benefit:

This webinar will provide valuable assistance to all personnel in

  • Quality Management
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Supply-chain Management
  • Supplier engineering
  • Purchasing Management
  • Supplier auditing

Instructor Profile:

Betty Lane, has over 30 years experience in Medical Device quality assurance and regulatory affairs. She is the founder and President of Be Quality Associates, LLC, a consulting company helping small and medium sized medical device and diagnostic companies implement and improve their quality systems for both FDA and ISO 13485 compliance band business when they became FDA and industry requirements. Her are areas of expertise include training, auditing, supplier management, design controls, software validation and general safety.

Betty’s training experience includes over 25 years of training on all areas ISO 13485 and FDA cGMP, in companies where she worked as manager or director, and for AAMI, ASQ biomedical division, and ASQ sections. She has taught courses in medical quality and regulatory affairs as an Adjunct at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Betty is active in her local section of the American Society for Quality and is also a member of the RAPS, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), The Society of Women Engineers and the IEEE. Betty has degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from Northeastern University.

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