Tips for Running Better Management Reviews
How efficient are your management reviews? Could improvements be made? It might be time to reevaluate and reconfigure your system processes to eliminate burdens and extract utmost value from these critical checkpoints while still satisfying compliance needs.
In this episode of the Global Medical Device Podcast, Jon Speer talks to Taylor Brown, senior medical device guru at Greenlight Guru. Together, Taylor and Jon discuss the nuances of management reviews to help medical device managers and executives make better decisions for teams to achieve greater outcomes.
Some of the highlights of this episode include:
- Learn the must-haves of management reviews, such as inputs, feedback, complaints, reporting, and audits during planned intervals, by following ISO 13485 and FDA 21 CFR Part 820 - Quality System Regulation.
- How often should management reviews be performed? The industry standard is once a year, but a lot could happen in 12 months. Greenlight Guru recommends management reviews twice a year, especially in the early parts of your business.
- Internal audits and management reviews are two activities that offer a snapshot in time of the overall picture of the health of your QMS. Then, the management review is a platform to escalate issues.
- Best practices for a management review include where more research, time, and effort should go. Don’t mistake a management meeting for a review. Pulling off a management review last minute is a lot easier than an internal audit.
- Your company’s key performance indicators (KPIs) and goals should be put on the agenda as a checkbox activity for the management review. Yet the list of topics/objectives should be discussed to assess how you handle your business.
- Document any decisions and actions to maintain the suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness of your QMS. In meeting minutes, include an action plan and product improvements related to customer requirements and correct problems.
- You can share your management review meeting minutes with notified body auditors, but not the FDA.
- If you have to hurry up and hustle to get data, is it reality data that you need? Is it that important? Automate, divide, and conquer.
Memorable quotes from this episode:
“The standard is pretty general on how often you should be doing management reviews.” Taylor Brown
“Management review is really a platform to escalate issues.” Taylor Brown
“Pulling off a management review last minute is a lot easier than trying to pull off all of your internal audits last minute.” Jon Speer
“Executive management needs to be aware of and involved with the health of the quality system.” Jon Speer