Course Description

Supplier or vendor qualification is a crucial component in compliance to 21 CFR 111. The FDA requires that manufacturers of dietary supplements must “qualify” each of their vendors but do not provide guidance on how a company is to perform this qualification. Supplier qualification principles also apply to subcontracted services affecting cGMP (manufacturing steps, packaging and labeling, testing and/or calibration services, storage and distribution, etc.) Any supplier qualification program must include two critical components:

  • Clearly defined specifications/requirements for all of these goods or services being purchased, and;
  • Objective evidence to show that your requirements are being consistently fulfilled.

This eight-hour vendor qualification audit training will help you improve quality in your facility. It is designed for those who already have a basic understanding of dietary supplement GMPs and the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify suppliers.

Since the evaluation of all types of suppliers often involves auditing, this course will incorporate a fresh look at the auditing process and the skills and techniques needed to get the most from these activities. The skills and techniques learned are independent of the type of auditing or the standard being audited and will be useful when conducting internal audits and performing audits of suppliers.

Why Should You Attend

The various regulatory agencies have expectations that suppliers and vendors will demonstrate control over their manufacturing processes, validations, and documentation. Quality auditing is the process of checking whether these organizations have implemented what they have stated in written procedures and whether their people are doing what the organizations procedures state they will do.

Learning Objectives

On conclusion of this course, you will have an understanding of the following:

  • Regulations that apply to vendor qualification (21 CFR 111)
  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • Impact of FSMA on supplier qualification
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Supplier monitoring activities
  • On-site audit strategies and requirements
  • Managing the audit process effectively before, during and after
  • The consequences of noncompliance

Who Will Benefit

This intensive, practical course will be of value to those professionals in the pharmaceutical, medical device and related industries who are responsible for or involved in any interaction with suppliers, including those working in: 

  • Management
  • Laboratories
  • Auditing
  • Purchasing
  • QA/QC
  • Procurement
  • R&D
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Validation
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Documentation Management

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Faculty Kelly Thomas

Kelly Thomas (25+ year exp.)

Vice President, Americas Quality Operations at Stallergenes Greer - Charlotte Metro USA

Ms. Thomas has over two decades of cGMP hands-on industry experience in both pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing operations. Her experience covers all Quality Systems; as well as, all areas of validation; including, process/product validation, facilities validation, CSV and 21 CFR Part 11, test method validation, equipment/automated processes and cleaning validation.  

Over 20 years’ experience leading facility start-ups, PAI and Routine cGMP Surveillance inspections. Highly successful global regulatory and ISO compliance history with inspections including FDA, EMEA, IMB, JP, Health Canada, and ANVISA. Highly committed to implementing effective contract manufacturing, supplier management and Internal audit programs. 

Strengths include developing staff, maintaining and developing budgets, implementing robust quality systems, communicating and implementing clear Key Performance Metrics (KPIs), conducting Quality Management Reviews and Executive Reports, implementing Lean Six Sigma programs, influencing and implementing positive change, and leading cross-functional teams.