To investigate how companies rate the agility of their current quality system, and the areas in which they want to improve on to achieve what we call an 'Agile Quality System', we surveyed over 40 senior executives and representatives from some of the world's largest life sciences organisations.
An Agile Quality System will allow companies to:
- significantly improve their ability to adopt innovation
- increase the speed, and decrease cost, of regulatory compliance
- meet customers' safety requirements more effectively.
To increase the agility of quality systems, 10 principles need to be adhered to. The highest desired increase is for principles two, 'focus on value beyond compliance' (+73%), five, 'foster a variety of viewpoints' (+74%), seven, 'strive for simplification' (+58%) and nine, 'maintain continuous quality' (+58%). In contrast, little value is seen in further increasing the agility for principle four, 'build strong network and relationships' (+13%).
Life sciences companies can leverage the benefits of an Agile Quality System by focusing on four areas:
- Strategically strive for value beyond compliance
- Foster a quality culture that supports an Agile Quality System and increases engagement
- Strengthen agile expertise and information management
- Focus on simplifying processes and procedures.