This article is the first in a two-part series explaining how to successfully harmonize disparate quality systems when two companies merge. Here in Part 1, we will focus on what not to do when reconciling two quality systems, providing real-life examples — drawn from the author’s experiences — from each phase of QMS harmonization.
In today’s fast-paced environment, everything needs to be done right the first time. This is especially important when releasing pharmaceutical and biological products to the market. To accomplish this, firms employ a special group of quality professionals, called the batch review/release group, to review executed batch records and be that all-important final sign-off for release to market. This is no easy task. Much of the time, these executed batch records are many pages long with complex information and data to review for accuracy. Effective and efficient management of this review process is the key to a successful process.