The role of validation in HACCP

The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) is a process control system that is aimed at identifying the points or areas at which hazards (dangers) may arise in the food chain. It prescribes strict measures for manufacturers and transporters of food products to prevent contamination and the resultant hazards. Control of hazards in the food chain has always been a need, but HACCP assumes added significance in today’s world, where globalization has made it possible for food to travel to hitherto unexplored parts of the world.

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While this development has increased the choices before the consumers of food; it also brings challenges in the form of having to maintain hygiene and cleanliness standards throughout the often long food chains, usually over long periods of time. HACCP is considered a path breaking system in that it looks at food hazards very holistically and comprehensively. It seeks to control the onslaught of major microbiological contaminants in food such as E.coli, salmonella, listeria and many others that could cause diseases.

Tackling contamination from all sources

HACCP adapts a comprehensive view of all the sources of contamination, and seeks to prevent risks to food from all sources, such as:

  • Microbiological
  • Chemical
  • Physical

In addition, it also prescribes steps aimed at putting in place a hazard control system that consists of seven important steps:

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  1. Conducting a hazard analysis for identifying potential hazards that could enter the food production process
  2. Identifying the critical control points (CCPs), which are points in the process in which the potential hazards could occur and taking steps to prevent and control them
  3. Establishing critical limits for preventive measures associated with each CCP
  4. Establishing CCP monitoring requirements to ensure that each CCP stays within its limit
  5. Establishing corrective actions where monitoring shows that a CCP is not within the established limits. The aim of the corrective actions is to prevent public health hazards from occurring
  6. Establishing effective recordkeeping and documenting procedures to ensure that the HACCP system is working rightly. Documentation should show the ways in which CCPs are being monitored, as well as verification activities and deviation records
  7. Establishing procedures for verifying that the entire HACCP system is working and offering the desired outcomes.

Good intentions not backed by validation requirements  

The noble intentions behind the HACCP systems and the stringent and serious endeavors towards their implementation notwithstanding; one grouse that food experts have had of the HACCP till recently is that the validation aspect of these hazards has not been given the same importance as other factors. Validation has no doubt been a part of HACCP, but somehow, it has been sort of overshadowed by the emphasis on verification.

It is only of late that validation has been gaining in prominence as a control measure. Companies need to validate their products by properly designing and taking adequate control measures that are capable of controlling food hazards within the process.

Understanding the role of validation in HACCP

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A valuable learning session that will emphasize the importance of validation in the HACCP system is being organized by Compliance4All, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance.

Ruth Bell, a Food Safety/Quality and HACCP Management Consultant, Auditor and Trainer, who has worked on a number of projects helping organizations throughout the food chain to design, develop, implement and verify manageable food safety systems tailored to their needs, is the speaker at this webinar. Ruth is well known for her practical Quality and HACCP knowledge as an auditor, consultant and trainer. Please register for this webinar by visiting Food Safety Control Measures

Putting in place scientific validation measures

The aim of this session is to drive home the importance of validating food safety control measures to ensure food safety management system capability. Validation of food safety control measures is an essential measure in ensuring that a food safety management system will be capable of producing safe food and remains effective over a period of time.

Validating food safety control measures requires a theoretical examination of the scientific justifications for the control measures identified and practically challenging them to determine they will be suitable and capable of consistently achieving the required level of control to ensure safe food.  Ruth will dwell on these aspects in detail at this webinar.

This webinar is aimed at HACCP team members and leaders, technical/quality managers, food safety managers, as well as auditors of food safety and HACCP systems, and specifically for specialists in positions such as HACCP Team Members, Technical Managers, Production Managers, Engineering Managers, and Consultants.

The speaker will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Current Guidelines for Validation
  • Differences between Verification and Validation Activities
  • Components of Food Safety Management System Validation
  • Validation Techniques including SPC, Predictive Microbiological Methods, and Challenge Testing.

7 Keys to Compliance Excellence that Form the Foundation for Any Excellent Organization

In any industry, compliance is everything; be it highly specialized fields such as the life sciences, healthcare, medical devices or non-technological areas such as food and clothing. Why do companies need to be compliant? It is simply because being in compliance with the required regulatory requirements helps the organization to achieve the most positive outcomes needed for a business:

  • It earns them a good reputation
  • Increases stakeholder and customer confidence
  • Augments the value of their products or services
  • Improves performance and operations
  • Maximizes profits
  • Guarantees that they adapt the right processes.

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Meeting the appropriate compliance requirements is mandatory for the regulated industries. This fact is known, but the challenge is in implementing the measures needed for achieving compliance. A compliance program that is built into the organization’s processes and of which it is an inseparable part is the way to go about achieving compliance.

A very comprehensive term

Compliance is a very broad and huge term into which many aspects are built. Compliance has to be shown at all levels by an organization if it has to achieve its outcomes and help the organization fulfil its business and other objectives. Many organizations are somewhat lackadaisical in their approach to compliance, thinking that it is an auxiliary function and not a core business activity. They cannot be more mistaken.

It is more than just a duty that needs to be completed to satisfy regulators. An organization should strive to reach levels of excellence in compliance. Those who fail to do this are not aware of the colossal opportunity they miss to stay ahead of the competition. Excellence in compliance opens the key to several unimaginable opportunities. It leads to high levels of positive results. Achieving levels of excellence at compliance standardizes and optimizes processes and makes them safe, reliable and efficient.

Understand how to achieve excellence in compliance in all its depth

Want to understand how to achieve this in all detail? Then, you could enroll for a highly educative and informative webinar on this topic that Compliance4All, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance, is organizing. Please register for this webinar by visiting Achieving Compliance Excellence

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Charles H. Paul, who is the President of C. H. Paul Consulting, Inc., a regulatory, manufacturing, training, and technical documentation consulting firm that works with both domestic and international clients designing solutions for complex training and documentation issues and is celebrating its twentieth year in business in 2017; will be the speaker at this webinar. A regulatory and management consultant and an Instructional Technologist for 30 years; Charles has published numerous white papers on various regulatory and training subjects.

Seven keys to compliance excellence

At this course, Charles will explain the seven critical keys to achieving compliance:

  • Understanding the regulations that pertain to one’s industry and business throughout each level and function of one’s organization
  • Defining the critical processes relative to the regulatory path that has been chosen
  • Developing sound regulatory documentation
  • Harmonizing processes and procedures between plants
  • Committing to and executing comprehensive technical training
  • Instituting a sound and effective complaint and investigations handling process
  • Managing performance up and down the line to the performance structure created. If it is not managed it will not be performed.

At this session, which will be ideal for Directors, Managers, Scientists, Technicians and Associates; Charles will cover the following areas:

  • Understanding the Regulations that Pertain to your Industry and your Business throughout each Level and Function of your Organization
  • Defining your Critical Processes and why that is important
  • The Benefits of Developing Sound Regulatory Documentation
  • Why Harmonizing your Processes is Critical to Consistency in Operations and Regulatory Compliance
  • Why Technical Training is Essential to every Aspect of Business Operations to include Meeting and Exceeding Regulating Requirements
  • Institute a Sound and Effective Complaint and Investigations Handling Process
  • Performance Management – the glue that holds everything together and Guarantees Acceptable Performance throughout the Organization.

Understanding HACCP and risk based HACCP

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) is an important system aimed at bringing down the risk of safety hazards found in food consumed all over the world. It is an internationally recognized system. When it was enacted in January 2011 as part of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act; it was considered a very sweeping piece of legislation for the food industry.

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Identification and control of potential hazards at specific point of the food chain is the soul of an HACCP system. The chain starts with production and ends with consumption. Identifying and controlling these hazards at every point of the chain is challenging in today’s world in which food has become completely globalized.

HACCP suggests the putting in place of mechanisms to control and counter the biological, chemical or physical hazards that could be present or be a potential presence in the food. The HACCP system is designed in such a way such that a company that manufactures, processes, or handles food products in any form can use HACCP for eliminating or minimizing food safety hazards present in its product to acceptable levels.

Implementation is based on two approaches

Proper implementation of the HACCP program involves food companies to implement both these:

  • Prerequisite programs
  • Implementation of HACCP plans

Prerequisite programs:

Prerequisite programs are those programs that a food organization has to put in place at its facility to ensure that all the processes that go into preventing contamination, ensuring a hygienic environment, and the optimal and scientific use of manufacturing methods and technologies and the cleanliness and hygiene of the staff involved in the production of food are proper and compliant.

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Implementation of HACCP plans:

If the prerequisite programs are required at the manufacturer-specific location; many steps and processes need to go into ensuring the quality standards of food that goes out of the facility. HACCP has suggested as many as seven steps for food is free from contamination. These are part of HACCP plans.

 

 

 

These include:

  1. Conducting a hazard analysis
  2. Identifying the critical control points
  3. Establishing a maximum or minimum limit for temperature, time, pH, salt level, chlorine level or other processing characteristics that control the hazard
  4. Establishing Critical Limits
  5. Establishing Monitoring Procedures
  6. Establishing Corrective Actions
  7. Establishing Record Keeping Procedures and Verification Procedures

Risk based preventive control is a major component of HACCP

HACCP has placed a heavy emphasis on risk in the production and transportation of food. It requires risk based preventive control. Codex Alimentarius describes risk assessment as a scientific process that takes the identification of a hazard, its characterization, assessment of the exposure to it, and characterization of risk into consideration.

Risk assessment is part of risk analysis, which in turn is described as a process into which three aspects, namely risk management, risk assessment and risk communication go. So, HACCP requires food manufacturers and transporters to take the risk causing factors into consideration at work. All these become part of risk based preventive controls.

Get the confusion cleared in implementing a risk based HACCP program

To clear the confusions in the meaning of these terms and to teach the ways of implementing them, Compliance4All, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance, will be organizing a webinar.  This webinar will clear the misunderstanding between these terms and show ways by which to implement a risk based HACCP program and ways of getting it right.

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Rotimi Toki, who is principal of Rottoks Food Safety Management Consulting Services Limited, will be the speaker at this webinar. Rotimi has provided services to some of the top brands in food service and manufacturing sectors and specializes in Quality Systems Audit, developing an integrated food safety management system based on HACCP principles. In order to gain complete understanding of the ways by which you can adapt and implement a risk based HACCP program, please register for this webinar by visiting Background of The HACCP system

Step-by-step method of developing an HACCP program

Rotimi will present a step-by-step process for developing an effective HACCP program. He will elucidate the principles and specific steps needed for this, for this is a prerequisite to building such a program. Through this process, Rotimi will show how participants can build a plan that can identify and control food safety hazards and risks specific to their product line and processes.

He will show how to determine the significance of these hazards by applying risk assessment techniques, from which a measure of risk can be obtained. This measure allows users to put appropriate control measures in place. He will clarify on the various confusions and weaknesses present in many food safety standards surrounding the determination of control measures required by HACCP.

Rotimi will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Background of The HACCP system
  • The CODEX Guidelines
  • Basic HACCP procedures
  • Assemble the HACCP Team
  • Describe product and identify intended use
  • Construct flow diagram and on-site confirmation of flow diagram
  • Hazard Analysis
  • Determining control measures in HACCP
  • Establish Critical Limits for each CCP
  • Establish a monitoring system for each CCP
  • Establish Corrective Actions
  • Verification procedures
  • Documentation and record keeping
  • Post-HACCP Maintenance

How to create processes and procedures to implement them

Product Risk Management is a critical aspect of ensuring medical devices are safe and effective for intended uses. This course will help you understand the regulatory requirements, including ISO14971.

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You’ll learn techniques that can help you identify hazards and potential harms. You’ll learn how to mitigate risk and effectively monitor risk to ensure your customers receive safe and effective products. A rigorous risk management process can prevent serious problems and costs for your company.
In this webinar we’ll cover:

  • Overview and Definitions
  • FDA Expectations
  • ISO14971 Regulation
  • Linkages to Design Controls, Production Controls, Investigations, and CAPA
  • Risk Management throughout the product lifecycle
  • Common mistakes
  • Best Practices

Many companies have even experienced class action law suits because of product quality issues. An effective program of risk management can help you proactively identify and mitigate product risks. A good risk management process can help you methodically identify, mitigate, and monitor risk throughout the product life-cycle. By visiting this Management Techniques for Medical Devices

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Here the areas will be covered by the Susanne Manz

  • Overview of the ISO14971 standard as it applies to medical device companies
  • Integrating the new standard with ISO 13485 as part of your overall QMS
  • Conducting a review of the intended use of your device
  • Stages of Risk Management as well as Tools and Techniques
  • Identifying hazards in your product or production process, and estimating their severity
  • Judging the probability that harm may occur from those hazards
  • How to control those risks and monitor the effectiveness of the controls put in place

Those who will be benefited by the session as listed in the below

  • Design Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • R&D Personnel
  • R&D Project Managers
  • Quality Managers
  • Auditors
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • R&D Manager

It offers professional trainings for regulatory compliance professionals and offers innovative strategic consulting and advice to a broad range of organizations. These services help them to be compliant with regulatory requirements.

Susanne Manz MBA, MBB, RAC, CQA is an accomplished leader in the medical device industry with emphasis on quality, compliance, and six sigma. She has an extensive background in quality and compliance for medical devices from new product development, to operations, to post-market activities. While at GE, J&J, and Medtronic, Susanne worked in various world-wide roles including Executive Business Consultant, WW Director of Quality Engineering and, Design Quality, and Director of Corporate Compliance. Susanne has a BS in Biomedical Engineering and an MBA from the University of NM.

Steps to IEC 60601-1 approval

The 60601-1 is a standard that relates to the safety of medical electrical equipment. This harmonized standard is recognized by most countries around the world. Existing and new medical devices have to comply with the requirements set out in IEC 60601-1.

The IEC 60601-1 is going through its latest revision, its 3rd edition, which came into effect in June 2012. The regulatory agencies of various countries that have adapted this standard are in various stages of implementation. Documentation and certification for IEC 60601-1 is to be done in stages at various dates, which will go up to 2018.

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Major product safety changes brought about by the 3rd edition

Through the publication of Amendment I, IEC 60601-1 brings in around 20 new requirements and some 60 modifications to the existing requirements. The major change IEC 60601-1’s latest version, 3.1 of the 3rd edition brings is that it makes a risk management file and process that aligns with ISO 14971 mandatory for manufacturers of medical electrical equipment. The ISO 14971 is the global standard that applies to risk management in medical devices.

The IEC 60601-1 3.1 Edition also requires design review and third party approval for medical devices. In addition, this version has also modified requirements in relation to these among many other areas:

  • Essential Performance
  • Documentation
  • Humidity
  • Marking and Labeling
  • Temperature Testing
  • Programmable Electrical Medical Systems (PEMS)
  • Mechanical Hazards
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Construction

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Stay clear of the complexity

Want to understand the ways by which the new IEC 60601-1 version works for your organization? Want to clear the confusions regarding implementation of the new IEC 60601-1 standard and gain acceptance by meeting compliance requirements set out by the various regulatory agencies? A webinar that is being organized by Compliance4All, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance will provide all the answers.

The guru of IEC 60601-1, Leonard Eisner, will be the speaker at this highly insightful session. The Founder and Principal Consultant at Eisner Safety Consultants, which specializes in helping medical device manufacturers through product safety, international regulatory (FDA 510(k), CE Mark, Canadian Medical Device Regulations (CMDR), etc.) and quality system processes; Leo, a licensed professional engineer in safety engineering, a Notified Body and Quality System auditor/technical reviewer, an expert in product safety for medical electrical devices (IEC 60601 series of standards) and an expert in CE marking for the medical device EU Directives, has helped countless clients through the Product Safety and Regulatory maze over his career.

To register for this highly interesting and relevant session, please visit 16 Steps to Get Approval to IEC 60601-1

Learning from others’ mistakes

Leo will help participants accelerate their time to market. He will show how to follow the steps and hasten the speed at which they can obtain their product certification to IEC 60601-1 series of standards. All the expectations for product testing set out by certification agencies to the IEC 60601-1 series of standards on medical electrical equipment and systems, such as UL, TUV, BSI, Intertek, etc., will be explained.

An important element of the learning at this webinar is the ways by which to learn from the mistakes Leo has seen others make that have gone on to slow their certification process. He will show the participants what proactive steps they can take to avoid these mistakes and ensure that their product doesn’t need to get redesigned after testing starts.

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Leo will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Learn about the scope of the IEC 60601-1 standard & if it applies to your product. Also, what are the Collateral Standards (IEC 60601-1-X) and Particular Standards are about
  • What you need to know to classify your products to the IEC 60601-1 series
  • What is an isolation diagram and how does that help me with my design?
  • Determine the applicable tests for your device
  • What are the marking and labeling requirements for the device?
  • Know your critical components
  • What pre-tests to run and what’s not worth pre-testing?

How to control those risks and monitor the effectiveness of the controls put in place

Overview of this session Product Risk Management is a critical aspect of ensuring medical devices are safe and effective for intended uses. This course will help you understand the regulatory requirements, including ISO14971, and how to create processes and procedures to implement them.

You’ll learn techniques that can help you identify hazards and potential harms. You’ll learn how to mitigate risk and effectively monitor risk to ensure your customers receive safe and effective products. A rigorous risk management process can prevent serious problems and costs for your company.

risk-management-definitionIn this webinar we’ll cover:

  • Overview and Definitions
  • FDA Expectations
  • ISO14971 Regulation
  • Linkages to Design Controls, Production Controls, Investigations, and CAPA
  • Risk Management throughout the product lifecycle
  • Common mistakes
  • Best Practices

Why should you have to Attend The cost of poor product risk management can be staggering. Complaints, Medical Device Reports, recalls, and serious adverse impact to your customers can all result from poor risk management. And these types of problems expose you to regulatory inspections and citations. Many companies have even experienced class action law suits because of product quality issues. An effective program of risk management can help you proactively identify and mitigate product risks. A good risk management process can help you methodically identify, mitigate, and monitor risk throughout the product life-cycle.

These are the areas covered by the speaker Susanne Manz

  • Overview of the ISO14971 standard as it applies to medical device companies
  • Integrating the new standard with ISO 13485 as part of your overall QMS
  • Conducting a review of the intended use of your device
  • Stages of Risk Management as well as Tools and Techniques
  • Identifying hazards in your product or production process, and estimating their severity
  • Judging the probability that harm may occur from those hazards
  • How to control those risks and monitor the effectiveness of the controls put in place

By login with this Risk Management Techniques for Medical Devices

Which are the experts benefited by this session are as shown in the below

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  • Design Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • R&D Personnel
  • R&D Project Managers
  • Quality Managers
  • Auditors
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • R&D Manager

Susanne Manz is an accomplished leader in the medical device industry with emphasis on quality, compliance, and six sigma. She has an extensive background in quality and compliance for medical devices from new product development, to operations, to post-market activities. While at GE, J&J, and Medtronic, Susanne worked in various world-wide roles including Executive Business Consultant, WW Director of Quality Engineering and, Design Quality, and Director of Corporate Compliance. Susanne has a BS in Biomedical Engineering and an MBA from the University of NM.

One of the technique described in ISO 14971 is Hazard Analysis

The confusing terms”hazard”, hazardous situation”,”harm”,”causative event”,”ALARP”,”risk index”,”residual risk” will be explained. We will go step by step through a template for hazard analysis so that the process is clear. Examples of hazards and hazardous situations will be discussed. How to deal with residual risk will be discussed. We will go step by step through a typical hazard analysis. We will explain how to integrate Human Factors studies into the Hazard Analysis and how to integrate Hazard Analysis into the design program.

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The US FDA expects that as part of a product development Design Control Program risk management will be conducted. FDA recommends using ISO 14971 as a guide and has accepted it as a recognized standard. One of the techniques described in ISO 14971 is Hazard Analysis. This is the most powerful of the risk management techniques because it considers risks in normal operation as well as fault conditions. FMEA and FTA consider only fault conditions and are more suited as reliability tools than as product safety tools. In this seminar we will explain in detail the process of conducting a hazard analysis.

Why should you have to attend,  FDA expects that as part of a product development program risk management will be conducted. FDA recommends using ISO 14971 as a guide and has accepted it as a recognized standard. Hazard Analysis is the most powerful of the risk management tools described in ISO 14971 but it is very confusing. Many new concepts are introduced. we will explain these concepts and provide examples so that the process is clear.

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Edwin Waldbusser can cover the areas in

  • Explanation of Hazard Analysis terms
  • Hazard Analysis Process Explanation using a Template
  • Examples of Terms will be given
  • Hazard Analysis Examples will be Covered Step by Step

Edwin Waldbusser is a consultant retired from industry after 20 years in management of development of medical devices (5 patents). He has been consulting in the US and internationally in the areas of design control, risk analysis and software validation for the past 8 years. Mr. Waldbusser has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. He is a Lloyds of London certified ISO 9000 Lead Auditor and a member of the Thomson Reuters Expert Witness network.

By login this Hazard Analysis Process you may know about the medical device hazard analysis.