FDA Best Audit Practices
Charles H. Paul is the President of C. H. Paul Consulting, Inc. – a regulatory, training, and technical documentation consulting firm. Charles has been a regulatory consultant to the life sciences industry for over 20 years and has published numerous white papers on the subject. The firm works with both domestic and international clients designing solutions for complex human performance and compliance-related problems.
This webinar will begin by discussing and emphasizing the importance of truthfulness to the process – truthfulness in performing the job on a daily basis, truthfulness in completing the regulatory documentation that is so much a part of our regulatory lives, and finally in the context of this webinar, truthfulness when interacting with FDA inspectors. A key component of this webinar is the discussion of the tricks and techniques that inspectors use to elicit information. How you react and respond when they occur could impact your results. Other key communications skills will be presented in the context of the inspection and interpersonal exchanges between inspectors and company associates being questioned. We will complete the webinar by discussing how to handle, at the moment, adverse findings as they are identified by the inspector so as to not compound the issues and severity of the findings.
- Importance of truthfulness
- Importance of knowledgeability and confidence
- FDA Tricks to elicit information
- Arguing and challenging
- Behavior during the inspection
- Importance and role of documentation
- Effective communication skills
- Being deceptive
- Opinion versus fact
- Phrases never to say
- Handling adverse findings during the inspection
Course Level - Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced
Who Should Attend
This is an all-inclusive webinar benefiting all individuals within the organization but particularly those in positions of management and supervision. Vice Presidents, Directors, Associate Directors, Managers, and Supervisors in ALL functions will benefit from this organization. Significantly, compliance and regulatory who spearhead the inspections and are responsible for compliance readiness, as well as training that should be building on-going training around this subject should also be included.
Why Should You Attend
If you are in any regulated business - pharmaceuticals, medical devices, you will experience an inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, “Registered domestic drug establishments shall be inspected by the FDA at least once every two years.” Depending upon the inspection type and the circumstance, inspections may occur more frequently. The outcome of those inspections can have a grave significant impact upon your business even if you and your colleagues have done everything “right.” How you and others behave and interact with FDA inspectors can have an impact on the results reported. Interacting with inspectors is not a natural behavior, effective techniques must be learned and mastered if those inspections are to have positive outcomes.
The FDA has been increasing its surveillance of regulated industries. While it is a given that companies must meet their regulatory requirements, how company staff handle an audit and interact with FDA inspectors, can mean the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful FDA audit. The cost of an ineffective interaction can be staggering.