by James Jardine, Marketing Communications, MasterControl
The real challenge in managing corrective and preventive actions (CAPA) isn’t knowing whether or not you’re making the right decision or the wrong decision. It is understanding if you’re making smarter and better decisions. There are any number of ways a manufacturer can handle a quality event, but what is most crucial is that the organization is in the best possible position to effectively deal with that event.
|Effective CAPA management isn’t about making the right decisions, it’s about|
how thosedecisions are made. How efficient are your CAPA processes?
Take your company’s customer complaint handling process, for example. How is your organization prepared to handle a customer complaint about a product that warrants the initiation of a CAPA? From a customer perspective, the solution should be as simple as finding the source of the problem and fixing the issue. In your actual experience, however, the overall process is much more complex and demanding. There are a number of complicated steps that need to be taken when correcting problematic issues and preventing their recurrence. How these steps are managed—and how efficiently they are handled—differs dramatically between manual (paper-based or paper/electronic hybrid) systems and automated CAPA systems.