Quality assurance is a foundational element of the life sciences, and while it sounds (and for all intents and purposes, looks) similar to quality control, the two are distinctly unique from one another. While quality control generally refers to the inspection and the testing of the various products within the life sciences space, quality assurance is the label given to the function responsible for ensuring that processes are operating as safely and effectively as possible.
Essentially, this means a quality assurance professional is responsible for the process audits, supply chain management, supplier management, staff training, process development and change control that goes on behind the scenes. Acting as part of the wider QMS system, quality assurance jobs are often occupied by forward-thinking, innovative, highly skilled individuals with a wealth of experience in the life sciences space, but not always.
Sometimes, the best QA specialists enter the field from another industry entirely – this is the beauty of the life sciences: excelling doesn’t necessarily mean you need 15 years of experience and a PhD. In order for the life sciences to continue meeting the medical needs of tomorrow’s world, they’ll need to guarantee that every process is up-to-date, while constantly looking towards new areas of possible progression.
New drug development systems and process need new quality assurance protocols to govern them. A failure to achieve this balance can result in drastically ineffective, costly, unsafe and illegal practices. A great QA professional has a great deal of responsibility to contend with, but in many ways, this is what makes the job so immensely rewarding (that, and the salaries and the chance to make a real positive impact on the wider world).
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