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Medical Device Quality Is Focus of New Best Practices, LLC Study

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Best Practices, LLC, a world leader in benchmarking research, has initiated its third bi-annual study on management approaches that leading medical device companies utilize to improve efficiency and increase effectiveness in all aspects of their Quality operations.

Quality function effectiveness represents a top concern in the fast-growing medical device industry, as companies are keenly aware of the focus on patient outcomes, regulatory issues, product recalls and these issues impact on long-term financial stability.

This study will help participating companies understand whether their Quality investments are sufficient and whether resources are allocated effectively across activities at every stage of the product life cycle, from development through post-market activity.

This comprehensive online survey (accessible at will provide participating Quality leaders with current, evidence-based metrics and insights that are critical within the current environment of tight budgets and escalating regulations. The resulting report, provided for free to all participants, will include reliable industry metrics on 2014 Quality spend, allocation levels for key Quality activities, staffing levels, outsourcing/offshoring practices, approaches to rapid M&A integration, and volume of change requests, complaints, CAPAS, and NCEs.

Survey participants will receive the full study results for free within a few weeks of the close date, projected for Jan. 19. Participants in two previous editions of this work have used the results to improve quality practices, drive cost efficiency, develop new strategies and better manage organizational risk.

Quality function process and activity areas probed in this research will include:
  • Compliance: Document controls, quality management review, quality audits, quality training
  • Inspection/Production: Software quality, supplier quality, inspections, product release, laboratory testing sterilization, toxicology and biocompatibility, calibration
  • Nonconforming: Complaints handling, CAPAs/Nonconforming events, corrections and removals
  • Other: Product design support, quality engineering, one-off projects, corporate quality system administration, etc.

There is no cost to participate in the Quality study. This research is open to executives, directors and managers in the Medical Device and Diagnostics sectors who are responsible for Quality, Compliance, Inspection, Complaints, Nonconforming Events or any other Quality-related activities.

To participate in the study and see contact information for the project leader, go to .

For information on other recent primary research studies, contact us at 919.403.0251. For related research, visit our Best Practices, LLC website http:/


Best Practices, LLC is a leading benchmarking, consulting and advisory services firm serving biopharmaceutical and medical device companies worldwide. Best Practices, LLC's clients include all the top 10 and 48 of the top 50 global healthcare companies. Best Practices, LLC believes in the profound principle that organizations can chart a course to superior economic performance by studying the best business practices, operating tactics and winning strategies of world-class companies.

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