Transitioning 510(k) Submissions to eSTAR – Are You Ready?

eSTAR 510(k)

The FDA’s new electronic Submission Template And Resource (eSTAR) is revolutionizing the 510(k) submission process for medical devices. This interactive PDF form not only streamlines the submission process but also integrates multiple resources, ensuring a comprehensive and high-quality submission. With the mandatory transition to eSTAR submissions starting October 1, 2023, it’s crucial for medical device manufacturers to familiarize themselves with this tool.

FDA Issues New Draft Guidance Documents to Strengthen the 510(k) Program for Medical Devices

FDA 510(k) bone screw

The FDA has unveiled three new draft guidance documents aimed at refining the 510(k) Program for medical devices. These documents, part of the FDA’s ongoing efforts to enhance the clarity and consistency of the 510(k) Program, emphasize the importance of selecting appropriate predicate devices, the use of clinical data, and setting evidentiary expectations for implant devices. As the regulatory landscape evolves, the significance of a robust Quality Management System (QMS) becomes even more paramount. A well-implemented QMS not only ensures compliance but also fosters a culture of continuous improvement and quality.

VoC: To Understand How to Capture Customer Perceptions, You Need to First Understand Why They Matter

Voice of Customer

Discover the synergy between customer perceptions, Voice of the Customer (VoC), and Quality Function Deployment (QFD) as underpinned by the timeless PDCA cycle. Dive deep into how ISO 9001:2015 places the customer at the heart of quality management and how modern businesses can harness these principles for continual improvement, agility, and sustained success. From understanding the nuances of capturing VoC to translating it effectively into product features via QFD, this article showcases the importance of an iterative approach to stay attuned to evolving customer expectations.

AS13000: Elevating Quality in the Aerospace Supply Chain


The aerospace industry, with its relentless demand for accuracy and safety, leans on standards like AS13000 to guarantee each component’s impeccable quality. This standard exemplifies the essence of structured problem-solving, tracing its roots to methodologies previously championed in the automotive sector. With IntellaQuest’s decades-long legacy in delivering precise and efficient workflow solutions across industries, we deeply appreciate the importance of such standards. Through our lens, explore how AS13000, backed by its structured 8D approach, ensures that aerospace suppliers not only comply but set benchmarks in quality and operational brilliance. The intersection of two dynamic sectors reveals that with unwavering commitment to excellence, industries can always work intelligently.

Harmonizing Global Standards: Navigating MDSAP, ISO 13485, and the Role of Intelligent QMS Solutions


The Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) represents a pivotal shift in the medical device industry’s regulatory landscape, aiming to streamline global requirements through a unified audit process. Developed by the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) and rooted in principles of the ISO 13485 standard, MDSAP offers manufacturers the chance to satisfy multiple jurisdictional requirements with a single audit. This overview delves into MDSAP’s origins, its alignment with ISO 13485, the certification scheme, challenges in implementation, and recurrent audit findings, offering insights for firms navigating this comprehensive regulatory program.

Bridging Tradition & Tech: The Evolution of TPM in Modern Automotive Excellence

TPM Total Productive Maintenance IATF 16949

In the rapidly evolving landscape of the automotive industry, the significance of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) cannot be understated. Rooted in Japan’s post-WWII industrial resurgence, TPM focuses on maximizing equipment efficiency and reliability. But how do modern automotive firms integrate these profound practices with today’s technology?

Navigating ITAR in the Age of SaaS

ITAR Compliance

In the evolving digital era dominated by SaaS, intertwining with regulatory landscapes like ITAR presents both opportunities and challenges. As sectors like defense and aerospace delve into the world of Software as a Service, ITAR compliance becomes a critical focal point. ITAR, the U.S. framework overseeing the exchange of defense articles and data, plays a pivotal role in ensuring national security. But how does SaaS, with its inherently global footprint, fit into this paradigm? The answer lies in rigorous data controls, robust access permissions, and unyielding encryption standards. IntellaQuest stands at this intersection, championing ITAR compliance while providing advanced SaaS solutions. Discover the importance of navigating ITAR responsibly in the SaaS realm and how IntellaQuest’s expertise can guide this journey.

Green is the New Gold: 4 Profitable Sustainable Technologies for Companies to Invest in

Sustainability ESG Investing

Investing in sustainable technologies is more than an ethical choice; it’s a golden opportunity for profitability. As the world shifts towards a greener future, areas like renewable energy, sustainable transportation, agriculture, and green building design are paving the way for both financial success and environmental stewardship. Discover why green truly is the new gold, and explore four profitable sustainable technologies your company should consider investing in.

Ford’s PPAP Customer Specific Requirements Updated: Keeping up with PPAP CSR Changes with PPAPQuest


IATF recently announced updates to Ford’s Customer Specific Requirements (CSR) for IATF 16949 and the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP). While these updates encompass various changes and clarifications, the focus here is on the changes made to the Initial Process Studies in the PPAP CSRs. Particularly, we will delve into the clarifications made to capability studies for samples with quantities less than 125, as being able to appropriately conduct studies with 125 samples for each studied characteristic is a frequent challenge for Tier-1 firms.

Streamlining APQP and PPAP Management for Automotive Program Managers with ProjectQuest

Program Manager

Balancing multiple APQP projects and PPAP submissions while staying on top of constant updates, new standards, and evolving project needs, Program Managers in the automotive industry are the champions behind the scenes, driving projects to completion and ensuring a company’s success in delivering top-quality automotive parts. Their role is vital, and having the right tools to manage these tasks effectively is key.

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