Many manufacturers feel it’s a daunting task to keep pace with compliance and regulatory requirements. Failure to comply with these standards can cost a company money, or worse yet, result in a lapse in safety. Compliance management software introduces accountability into the organization and streamlines processes that can extend to the supply chain to further reduce risk.
Compliance management software brings efficiency to the enterprise and ensures that regulatory obligations are met using best practices in quality.
The following improvements can be met with an effective compliance management software solution:
Eliminate Disparate Systems
Information often exists in silos. A compliance management software solution can present a single source of truth by presenting up-to-date compliance information across the enterprise. Quality processes can be managed in one environment to ensure consistency and readiness.
Effective document management is critical in highly regulated environments. Compliance management software ensures data integrity with a comprehensive record of compliance related documents and records. Users can establish and maintain revision control and automate approval routings and release notifications. Electronic signatures & approvals are stored in the system and can be accessed by authorized personnel at any time.
Effective Audit Management
Compliance management software tracks the necessary industry regulations and logs the status within the system. Configurable reports with real-time compliance data and performance metrics for the manufacturer and its suppliers simplify the audit process and speed the processing of corrective actions associated with audit findings.
Effective skills tracking is important to compliance success. All required industry skill levels and certification requirements for employees are validated in the system as being fully trained, qualified and certified. A complete audit trail of employee skill level assignments with modified dates is maintained. Automated early warning email notifications are available to alert the employee or supervisor when skills are due for re-certification.
In the event of a compliance violation or product component failure, management must respond quickly to determine the root cause to reduce the risk of reoccurrence. Compliance management software puts preventative actions into place and allows you to resolve incidents through configurable workflows.
Accurate Tool Tracking
Tooling, test devices, and other required equipment traceability data can be collected within the compliance management solution and validated back to required calibration and re-certification intervals. Transactional data can be collected using and communicated back to a company’s ERP/MES system for generation of accurate, complete, as-maintained records.
Support for Industry Standards:
Regulatory standards such as ISO9000 / AS9100 / QS / IPC Standards / OSHA / Mil Spec Requirements / change on a regular basis. Compliance management software can help a company employ processes to ensure conformity throughout the product lifecycle. Many solutions are designed to specifically address industry requirements. For example, ITAR requirements, Federal Acquisition Regulations on counterfeit parts, ISO Audits & Certifications, Government Audits, and Supplier Audits. It’s important to work with a vendor that has experience within your industry and is actively engaged with relevant legislators and associations.
TIP Technologies has been helping organizations manage compliance for almost 30 years. Its TIPQA Quality Management Solution is the first choice for companies in highly regulated industries such as Aviation, Space & Defense, Medical Device Manufacturing, and Complex Manufacturing because it ensures compliance throughout the product lifecycle – from procurement through manufacturing, assembly, repair and field support activities. Contact us today to understand how TIPQA can meet the compliance needs of your company and put your audit fears to rest.