March 9, 2021 Virtual Section Meeting - Registration Now Open

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Our March 9 meeting will be held as a Virtual Meeting in accordance with the state of Maryland guidelines on physical distancing.

Our featured speaker is Heather Fisher-Clarke. Ms. Fisher-Clarke has been a Supplier Quality Engineer for a medical device manufacturer and completed over 45 supplier audits and 4 internal audits as a certified auditor. She has over 10 years experience in multiple industries: food service management, organic farming techniques, and materials management. Heather has worked in quality for a conglomerate company manufacturing FDA approved pet pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

The program topic is "Supplier Management During and After the Time of COVID-19". Supplier Management is important for developing general risk management plans, managing the supply chain, and completing effective root cause analysis for CAPAs. Industry has become more automated and digitized with time, quality tools must change to keep up. COVID-19 has served as a catalyst to this process by demanding companies to become more digitized to allow personnel to work remotely in order to stay afloat. Even after COVID-19 passes, supplier management will have been changed going forward. Risk Mitigation plans must be revised, processes must be streamlined, and strong customer-supplier relationships must be built to get through these trying times and move forward stronger than ever. This presentation will discuss and provide tips for planning and executing virtual audits as well as effectively collaborating externally and internally to complete supplier qualification activities and verify the effectiveness of supplier management controls.

The program will be followed by a tutorial titled 'ISO 13485 (Medical Device) and Risk-based Supplier Management' where Ms. Fisher-Clarke will discuss several tools that can be used as starting points for various aspects. The audience will vote on the most relevant topic and Ms. Fisher-Clarke will then present some tools. Topics include: Basics to consider when grading the performance of suppliers; risk assessments to determine if audits are needed; supplier self assessments for consideration iin qualification.

The complete announcement is attached.

6:00 - 6:15 PM -Log on and Sign-in (You must enter your name as ASQ has it into the chat box to get credit for this meeting.)
6:15 - 6:30 PM - Welcome, ASQ and Section Announcements
6:30 - 7:15 PM Speaker Introduction and Program (0.5 RUs)
7:15 - 7:30 PM Break
7:30 - 8:15 PM Tutorial (0.5 RUs)
8:15 - 8:30 PM Closing remarks

Please register using the link below. Registration closes on Sunday, March 7 at 12 noon.

News Baltimore Section 02/21/2021 12:23pm CST


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