QSR Purchasing Controls governing evaluation and use of consultants

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Mikea

#1
I believe our company has adequate systems in place for evaluating suppliers of products and materials in compliance with the QSR Purchasing Controls. However, we may be weak when it comes to service providers and specifically consultants. I would be interested in hearing how other companies handle this (procedure, policy for evaluation and selection).
 
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Don Winton

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We use contractors and consultants rarely, so this contribution may not help your situation.

Basically, the FDA sees contractors and consultants as providing a service, but does not see much difference between service and product. From the FDA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide:

<font color=#0011dd><BLOCKQUOTE>Contractors and consultants often provide information or a service rather than a physical component. However, the thought and control processes are similar whether one is working with services or with physical product. The input from contractors and consultants have a definite impact on the finished device. Services may include: design activities, various product verification/validation activities, sterilization, routine maintenance, and calibration of equipment.

Also the manufacturer is held responsible for work done by outside contractors or consultants. Thus, it is in the manufacturer's best interest to keep providers adequately informed and to monitor contractors to ensure that the correct design, production, or process controls are applied to contractor services to ensure the service or finished product conforms to its specifications (820.30, 820.50, 820.70, and 820.80).</BLOCKQUOTE></font>

In my case, the evaluation for my calibration provider was based on location, capability and certifications that I maintain in a separate portion of my approved vendors database.

Hope this helps.

Regards,
dWizard

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[This message has been edited by dWizard (edited 02 May 2001).]
 
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