Consultants play a significant role in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, vaccine, and medical device industries. They are experienced resources in crisis situations; when new facilities are being installed; under circumstances requiring technical expertise; and during regulatory emergencies, remediations, consent decrees, and other planned and unplanned situations. Problems often occur between clients and consultants, and both contribute to them.
Clinical laboratory services are the most outsourced services by pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device companies. Trending in the central or core laboratory services market is consolidation and integration of services through acquisitions and collaborations inorganically to expand beyond core services. Through horizontal integration suppliers increase their market share.
There is a trend within the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, and vaccine industries to hire more consultants, leading to a staffing ratio that can be up to 50 percent consultants to staff for small to large capital projects.
Probably the biggest concern for anyone implementing, deploying, and maintaining a quality management system (QMS) is the integration of risk-based thinking. While the concept of risk management is not new, previous practice was more reactionary, primarily focused on detection after the fact, root cause analysis, corrective actions, and preventing recurrence of the failure. Contemporary thinking places the emphasis on considering risks up front (prevention) and having a solid approach to address risk in planning, managing, and driving actions.
New York City has long aspired to become a life sciences hub, but while the city seems to have all the elements necessary to foster such industry growth, it has continually fallen short of this goal. New York currently ranks a distant third behind both Greater Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area, and there’s some work to do if it hopes to catch up.
Inadequate communication between the consultant and the client, especially at the initial engagement phase, is often not taken seriously enough or addressed sufficiently on both sides.
An intro to the FDA’s new draft guidance for Technical Considerations for Additive Manufactured Devices.