Establishing a Robust Supplier Management Program

01:00 PM ET | 10:00 AM PT | 12:00 PM CT Duration 90 Minutes

Webinar Includes : All the training handouts , Certificate ,Q/A and 90 Min Live Webinar

"Listen from Kelly Thomas she has 20 years’ experience in leading facility start-ups, PAI and Routine cGMP Surveillance inspections. "

A robust, yet efficient


Regulatory expectations are clear about manufactures’ responsibility regarding supplier quality oversight.  All regulatory agencies agree that pharmaceutical and medical device manufactures are responsible for ensuring their suppliers adhere to quality standards, maintain compliance to regulatory requirements and consistently meet established expectations.  Therefore, it is essential pharmaceutical and medical device organizations develop and implement a robust supplier management program.
A robust program is one that utilizes a comprehensive life-cycle approach that manages suppliers from initial qualification through phase-out.  In other words, from cradle to grave.  A robust, yet efficient, supplier management program is one that also utilizes risk-based methodology to determine supplier criticality and the required level of oversight.       
This course will review regulatory guidance governing Suppliers; as well as, all the elements of a robust supplier management program; including, initial qualification, supplier performance monitoring and scorecards, supplier audit options, and quality agreement requirements.  An example Supplier Management Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and Quality Agreement template will be reviewed during the course.  
This course will also include a discussion on how to utilize risk-based quality tools to determine supplier classification.  An example supplier risk assessment will be reviewed during the course.
Finally, in order to understand real-life consequences associated with non-compliant supplier management programs, recent FDA audit findings will be reviewed and discussed.

Areas Covered

Part 1 – Review Supplier Management Regulatory Guidance 
•        ISO
•        ICH
•        FDA
•        EU 

Part 2 – Elements of a Robust Supplier Management Program
•        Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) example
•        Quality Agreement template review
•        Initial qualification
•        Onboarding
•        Monitoring / Scorecards
•        Development
•        Phase-Out

Part 3 – Review of Risk Analysis Tools and Recent Audit Observations 
•        Review an example FMEA classifying different suppliers by criticality
•        Review recent FDA audit observations applicable to supplier management

Who will Benefit

•        QA Managers and Associates responsible for supplier management 
•        Supply Chain Managers and Associates
•        Operations Managers 
•        Managers and QA personnel from Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs)
•        Regulatory and quality professionals working for US companies that are considering foreign suppliers
•        Suppliers outside the US looking to US-based clients
•        QA/QC/Compliance/Regulatory affairs professionals

Industries who can attend

This 90-minute online course is intended for professionals in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Although not presently stated in the draft , the same guide could be used by FDA Regulated Industries personnel.


Speaker Profile

Kelly Thomas

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.  
Utilizing strategic thinking, risk based approaches, and Lean principles, she has demonstrated success in steering and managing complex projects within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

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