Many of us have been faced with this beast that needs taming: a regulatory agency has conducted an inspection of your facility. Their observation is that the backlog of investigations at your site is unacceptable.
How did we get here? An increase in investigations, and therefore an increase in a backlog of overdue investigations, can occur for a myriad of reasons, some of which may include:
While these are all reasons a backlog can occur, it is important to note that none of these are acceptable reasons to have a backlog of investigations at your site in the eyes of regulatory bodies. So, when faced with an influx of backlogged investigations, how can we ensure it is “tamed”?
First and foremost, the best way to start taming an increasing backlog of investigations is to recognize that the risk exists in your organization. This is best done by identifying key metrics and Management Review. If you routinely review your metrics with respect to investigations and related events and meet to outline risks, you have greater insight into the health of the organization.
Second, is to make a commitment not only to the regulatory agency but a commitment to your own organization to reduce and remove the beast that is “Investigation Backlog”.
Finally, plan and manage the reduction of backlogged investigations to ensure timely closure and project success. Can Project Management be your saving grace, your “Beauty”? It can, and here is how: reach out to a trusted partner and get support from the experts – ProPharma Group.
Not only can the closure of backlogged investigation be treated as a project, but it should be treated as a project. Here is why:
Having the right partner can ensure a job well done, and can be the key to a project completed compliantly and expeditiously, allowing you to focus on your overall Quality Management Systems and good standing with the regulatory agencies.
ProPharma Group can be your Compliance and Quality Assurance partner with respect to completing the investigations and eliminating the backlog, but we can also partner with your organization from a project management perspective, to appropriately plan and manage the project to closure. Contact us today to learn more about our team of experts and how we can help support your project.
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