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Life Sciences Quality Managers Seek to Expand Compliance Initiatives Despite Economic Pressures
Date:3/18/2009

Industry Practitioners Cite Compliance with Regulatory Bodies as Top Driver of Quality Initiatives

HOLMDEL, N.J., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a Sparta Systems sponsored survey unveiled at the Interphex Conference in New York, recent supplier quality-related headlines have had little impact on managers' day-to-day job functions or companies' overall quality management efforts. Instead, the majority of respondents - 81 percent - reported that compliance with industry regulations remains the number one driver of quality management initiatives, and many have reported an intention to expand these initiatives despite economic pressures.

The survey was conducted in February 2009 amongst approximately 100 users of Sparta Systems' TrackWise(R) enterprise quality management and compliance software.

Additional survey highlights include:

  • Despite organizational profitability ranking as the number two driver of quality management, 80 percent of survey respondents reported that the global economic crisis has failed to diminish company quality management expenditures.

  • Instead of cutting back on quality management costs, survey findings indicate that companies are seeking to take a broader enterprise-class view of quality operations -- more than 83 percent of respondents are extending their use of automated systems to take on a broader range of functions, including internal audits, change control and training management.

  • Corrective and preventative action (CAPA) programs continue to serve as the strongest driver of quality management concern for companies, with almost 80 percent of respondents relying on automated electronic systems to manage these CAPAs -- clearly indicating the focus amongst organizations to effectively investigate and remediate quality incidents that arise in the manufacturing process.

  • Despite ongoing hype around major product and supply recalls, 78 percent of those surveyed responded that these incidents cause little or no impact on quality management within their organizations, and only 22 percent reported a direct effect resulting in increased scrutiny of quality management initiatives within the organization.

"Simply put, insufficient quality management can be detrimental to a company's brand reputation and bottom line, and forward-thinking companies are recognizing the need for more effective quality processes to govern their global operations," said Jim McGowan, CEO of Sparta Systems. "While the economic downturn and recent product recalls have made this front-page news, life science leaders understand that proactively automating quality management processes across the global enterprise can result in both a significant return on quality investment and a reputation for putting customer safety at the forefront despite challenging economic times."

For more information on the survey, please contact: Jon Rabinowitz, jonr@spartasystems.com or 732.203.0400, ext. 121.

About Sparta Systems

Sparta Systems, Inc. is the industry leader for global quality and compliance management systems. Its TrackWise product is a Web-based software application used by quality, manufacturing and regulatory affairs professionals to manage quality and compliance issues across the enterprise. The company has more than 14 years of experience and an extensive customer base in the life sciences and other highly regulated industries. Sparta Systems offers its customers a complete solution for global quality management needs, including the onsite support required throughout the project lifecycle. More information about Sparta Systems and TrackWise products can be found at www.spartasystems.com.

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    Director of Marketing
    Sparta Systems, Inc.
    Tel: 732.203.0400, ext. 121
    jon.rabinowitz@spartasystems.com

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    Articulate Communications Inc.
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