ETQ in the News

Technology to Power: The Mega Machine of Quality

Quality Magazine, October 2019
It’s no mistake that a Starbucks latte tastes the same in Chicago as it does in Tokyo. Or that the reassuring “thud” of your BMW driver side door has a ring of quality to it. Or even the satisfaction of pulling the starting cord on your Briggs & Stratton lawnmower and having it start on the first pull. Quality experiences like these are the result of the “mega-machine of quality”—the people, processes, and technology that live behind the products and services that we experience every day.

Avoiding Food Safety Compliance Mistakes

Food Safety Magazine, September 2019
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is transforming the food safety system of the United States. However, companies in the food and beverage industry may still have inspection and compliance questions. While the policy itself is still being tweaked, the new requirements from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will almost certainly mean more citations for food safety violations and an increase in the number of product recalls.

Yes, the Quality You Deliver Defines Your Brand. Here's How to Establish Strong Consumer Trust

Inc.com, September 2019
Just understanding that product quality directly influences brand performance, sales and customer loyalty is not enough.

ETQ grew its SaaS solution bookings by 100%+ in the first half of 2019

Venture Fizz, September 2019
ETQ’s SaaS growth in the first half of 2019 is indicative of the company’s momentum in the QMS market and marks a strong start to the year as the company continues to scale sharply throughout 2019 and into 2020.

FSVP Inspections Are Underway—Is Your Foreign Food Supplier Ready?

Inbound Logistics, September, 2019
According to the FDA, the United States imports about 15% of its food supply. More than 200 countries and about 125,000 food facilities and farms supply 32% of the vegetables, 55% of the fruit, and 94% of the seafood that Americans consume annually. Imported food can be hazardous, picking up harmful contaminants along its journey to the States.

sHereos: How Nina McIntyre of ETQ is bringing people together through technology

Thrive Global, August, 2019
Work with the best people you can. I've always evaluated the roles and team atmospheres at companies before joining them to ensure I'm making the right choice for myself, and for those I'm hoping to lead. The key questions I always ask are "can I learn from these people?", "can we trust one another?"

How the medical device industry may be affected by the end to the ASR program

Medical Plastics, July 2019
ISO 14971 for medical device risk management is in the final stages of an important update slated for publication this year. While ISO has specifically said the intent of the revision isn’t to rework the risk management process, subtle changes in the latest version could impact medical device manufacturers in a variety of ways.

What ending the ASR program means for medical device manufacturers

Med-Tech Innovation, July 2019
Web content editor Ian Bolland spoke to Morgan Palmer, chief technology officer and Kim Wakeman, solutions engineer at ETQ about the FDA’s decision to formally end the Alternative Summary Reporting (ASR) Program. The discussion covered what it means for quality management at manufacturing companies, the medical device industry, regulators and regulation going forward.

Podcast — Rob Gremley, Jeff Dennis, & Larry Tracy

Small Business Digest, June, 2019
Today my guests are Rob Gremley, CEO of ETQ (Excellence Through Quality) and Larry Tracy, author of "Bring Home the Bacon: Become A Persuasive Leader With The Proven S3P3 System". Jeff Dennis also gives comentary on business legislation in the United States.

Overcoming Poor Quality in Manufacturing with Advanced Analytics

NED, June 2019
We live in a world where brand value is defined by the quality of the product. More often than not, the average consumer is judge, jury, and executioner, deeming poor quality products to be a direct reflection on the brand. As such, it’s critical that quality is kept top-of-mind at every stage of the product lifecycle.

Overcoming Poor Quality in Manufacturing with Advanced Analytics

New Equipment Digest, May 2019
We live in a world where brand value is defined by the quality of the product. More often than not, the average consumer is judge, jury, and executioner, deeming poor quality products to be a direct reflection on the brand.

Digital Transformation: Seven Considerations for Your QMS

MPO, April 2019
Increasing numbers of companies are investing in digital transformation to gain a competitive edge, with digitization set to more than double among manufacturers since 2016 according to Forbes. It’s all part of a rapid technological acceleration termed Industry 4.0—the fourth industrial revolution—focused on process automation tools like machine learning and artificial intelligence.

ISO 14971 Update: What Changes Can Medical Device Manufacturers Expect?

ODT-Orthopedic Design & Technology, March 2019
Tony Parise, Product Strategist—Life Sciences, ETQ: ISO 14971 for medical device risk management is in the final stages of an important update slated for publication this year. While ISO has specifically said the intent of the revision isn’t to rework the risk management process, subtle changes in the latest version could impact medical device manufacturers in a variety of ways.

ISO 14971 Update: What Changes Can Medical Device Manufacturers Expect?

ODT, March 2019
ISO 14971 for medical device risk management is in the final stages of an important update slated for publication this year. While ISO has specifically said the intent of the revision isn’t to rework the risk management process, subtle changes in the latest version could impact medical device manufacturers in a variety of ways.

Three Questions to Master Continual MDSAP Conformity

MPO, March 2019
Product recalls frequently make headlines and tarnish brand reputations as a result. In today’s digital world, one bad customer experience with quality can be broadcast in seconds, giving brands little time to react.

ETQ’s Reliance 2019 quality management system software features new user interface

The Fabricator.com, February 2019
ETQ has announced the availability of Reliance 2019 quality management system software. The new release includes a new user interface and several features that help improve personalization and collaboration. In addition, it is packaged to simplify users’ selection from bundled QMS systems that match their quality processes and work flows.

ETQ Reliance 2019 Quality Management System Software

Cutting Tool Engineering, February 2019
ETQ announced the availability of ETQ Reliance 2019, a significant enhancement to the company’s flagship offering. The latest release of ETQ Reliance 2019 includes an entirely new user interface (UI) and several enhancements that improve personalization and collaboration.

ETQ Company Overview

Venture Fizz, February 2019
ETQ announced the availability of ETQ Reliance 2019, a major enhancement to its flagship Quality Management System (QMS) software that will make it easier and more cost-effective for brands to drive quality processes and workflows at scale.

2019: The Year to Enhance Quality in Orthopedic Product Development

ODT, February 2019
The world has gone digital, and now it’s time for orthopedic product developers and manufacturers to catch up.

Boston's Top Tech Hires, Promotions (and Departures) in December

BostInno Beat, January 2019
Retail marketing platform Promoboxx ushered in a new CEO, and so did compliance software maker ETQ that moved its base to Burlington. ETQ also appointed a new CFO and CMO. A new CFO took reins at event management software company Everbridge and Agero added a new COO.

CFOs on the Move: Week Ending Dec. 21

CFO, December 2018
ETQ named Richard Russo to lead the finance function. He joins the company from Epicor Software, where he was vice president of finance and chief accounting officer.

Compliance Software Leader Relocates to Burlington for Rapid Expansion.

Venture Fizz, December 2018
ETQ is a leading provider of quality, EHS, and compliance management software. Founded in 1992, ETQ works with more than 500 global companies across multiple industries. The company recently moved its headquarters to Burlington, Massachusetts to help support their continued growt.

Boston Tech Watch: Endeavor, Building Ventures, LearnLux, ETQ, Cogito

Xconomy Boston, December 2018
In addition to the move, ETQ announced a new slate of top executives: Robert Gremley as CEO; Richard Russo as CFO; Nina McIntyre as CMO; and Brian Testa as VP of People Operations. ETQ says since the move it has increased its global headcount to 300 employees.

CFO Moves – week ending December 7, 2018

CFO Moves, December 2018
ETQ [Burlington, MA] announced the appointment of Richard Russo as CFO.

CHRO Moves – week ending December 7, 2018

CHRO Moves, December 2018
ETQ [Burlington, MA] announced the appointment of Brian Testa as VP of People Operations.

ETQ Appoints Four Enterprise Veterans as New CEO, CFO, CMO, and VP of People Operations

MarTech Advisor, December 2018
ETQ Appoints Four Enterprise Veterans as New CEO, CFO, CMO, and VP of People Operations.

First Off

BostInno Beat, December 2018
ETQ, a provider of quality, environment, health and safety and compliance management software, announced it has moved its headquarters to Burlington, Mass.

MDSAP Audits Update: Progress, Challenges, and a Cost Reduction Case Study

ODT, November 2018
The Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) is growing fast, with 3,629 sites now participating, as compared to just 788 at the end of 2017.

Food safety Traceability Challenges

ISHN, September 2017
According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the majority of companies who go through a Class I recall can expect to see $10 million or more in losses as a result. In fact, nearly one in four companies report losses in excess of $30 million for a single recall.

Six Document Control Problems for Medical Device Firms to Avoid

MPO, September 2017
Homegrown systems and paper-based processes can create unnecessary risk for medical device companies when it comes to document management. From policies to manuals, regulatory reports to standard operating procedures (SOPs), these companies deal with a staggering number of documents on a daily basis.

4 FAQs: Medical Device Single Audit Programs

ODT, August 2017
Audits and inspections are essential parts of medical device manufacturing. Yes, they can be a pain point for many organizations since they require a lot of preparation and may happen unexpectedly. But they are an essential way to keep manufacturers accountable, which in turn, keeps patients using their devices safe.

How are OSHA Regulations Impacting Company Culture?

ISHN, August 2017
Regulations and standards aren’t just designed to tell you what to do. They’re guidelines for shaping the way your organization as a whole operates, thus shaping your company culture. The latest standards from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) put practical measures in place to improve safety, but also engrain safety as a priority within company culture.

Four frequently asked questions about behavior-based safety (BBS)

ISHN, August 2017
BBS is the application of behavioral psychology to improve safety in the workplace through correcting behaviors that cause incidents and promoting behaviors that are efficient and safe.

Applying Risk-Based Thinking to Operations

Quality Digest, July 2017
The dynamic of risk management and compliance seems to be experiencing a shift toward risk management in operations, and learning to pay attention to detail in order to leverage it.

Wearable Mobile Solutions to Improve EHS & Performance Management

ISHN, July 2017
In 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) empowered miners with a new wearable device according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NIOSH researchers have documented that a continual personal dust monitor (CPDM), (which is a wearable device that monitors the amount of dust in the miner’s breathing) has created a 90% decrease in dangerous levels of dust for miners reducing pneumoconiosis (black lung). The CPDM monitors the wearer’s zone and is detected and updated in a digital readout.

A Holistic Approach to Quality and Supplier Management

MPO, July 2017
Those who outsource to fulfill manufacturing needs already know that suppliers are an integral part of a company’s operations. In fact, the relationships with suppliers might be some of the most influential a company will make. So how does one make the most out of those relationships to ensure a mutual benefit between both parties?

The Importance of an Integrated QMS Within Regulatory Industries

ODT, May 2017
The life sciences market is constantly evolving, and automated quality and compliance solutions must follow suit. The ability to interact, collaborate, and coordinate across the board is key to uncovering gaps in processes and creates visibility between operational areas. Adopting a harmonized process with an automated Quality Management System (QMS) will enable users to assess risks and standardize processes while keeping up with regulations.

Four Takeaways from Recent Regulatory Audit Changes

MPO, May 2017
From medical device production to pharmaceutical manufacturing, the life sciences demand highly regulated operations. In a perfect world, these products would be without defect every time, but the reality is processes can stray from compliance and cause quality issues that affect people’s health.

Three Places for Risk Management in Life Science Organizations

ODT, March 2017
By now, the concept of risk probably isn’t a brand new one—it has entered into many regulations, standards, and best practices. Risk-based thinking has become a cornerstone in many industries, especially those as critical as the life sciences. However, that doesn’t mean organizations aren’t still learning how to best apply risk techniques to their operations.

Harmonizing ISO Standards with an Integrated HSEQ System

ISHN, March 2017
No matter their specific needs, organizations have goals above and beyond daily business tasks. For example, some have sustainability initiatives to work towards, while others want to increase internal and external engagement.

Track leading indicators, flag risks & verify mitigation

ISHN, March 2017
As part of the process of continual improvement, it is important that all incidents and accidents are recorded and investigated, and actions are taken to prevent or reduce the chance of recurrence. To ensure continual improvement, it’s imperative to consider safefty in all aspects of an organization.

3 Benefits of Centralizing Your Operations with a Document Control System

Quality Magazine, January 2017
Implementing a document control system is a good way to improve your processes, no matter what industry you are in. Having everything in one place helps you organize and handle your processes, job descriptions and other important material. The benefits, however, spread far beyond just document storage. All aspects of your organization can benefit from a centralized document control system.

Strategies for Effective Audits in the Medical Device Industry

MPO, January 2017
Even when they are planned, audits often bring uneasiness to many businesses. People either fear failure or are overwhelmed by the seemingly complicated processes. However, if organizations understand the importance of audits and how to increase their efficiency and effectiveness, their benefits can be recognized.

Applying risk management tools

Safety+Health Magazine, June 2016
In the environmental, health and safety industry, emphasis is placed on reducing job-related incidents and increasing the level of workplace safety and compliance. Anything that jeopardizes those priorities needs to be contained and prevented from happening again. Risk management tools provide a systematic method for handling such events with consistency and objectivity.

How Automation Ensures Improvement: Change Management in Quality Management Systems

Quality Magazine, April 2016
Change is common within the life sciences industry, where a product may be designed only once but change occurs often throughout the product lifecycle. An organization’s ability to incorporate quality into every aspect of a change results in overall product quality with less chance of recall. This is where change management comes in. Using the enterprise quality management system’s (QMS) automated change management process, quality becomes the foundation of every product or process throughout the product lifecycle.

How Automation Ensures Improvement: Change Management in Quality Management Systems

Quality Magazine, April 2016
Change is common within the life sciences industry, where a product may be designed only once but change occurs often throughout the product lifecycle. An organization’s ability to incorporate quality into every aspect of a change results in overall product quality with less chance of recall. This is where change management comes in. Using the enterprise quality management system’s (QMS) automated change management process, quality becomes the foundation of every product or process throughout the product lifecycle.

The Benefits of Automating Your Document Control Process

Quality Magazine, April 2016
In the world of manufacturing, there are inherent risks, whether related to product manufacturing or common risks that exist throughout the organization. To improve overall safety within the workplace, these risks must be identified and prevented.

How to Reduce Your Organization’s Risks Using Job Safety Analysis

ISHN, March 2016
In the world of manufacturing, there are inherent risks, whether related to product manufacturing or common risks that exist throughout the organization. To improve overall safety within the workplace, these risks must be identified and prevented.

The Role of Risk Management in Compliance: Tools for Success

MPO, March 2016
Organizations today are more complex—businesses are increasing their global footprint with a worldwide scope of locations around the world. This, coupled with the addition of mergers and acquisitions, results in disparate trends in compliance. Companies in the life sciences need to address their impact on both quality and compliance as they grow; however, there is a dissonance in how compliance is organized once a company expands in complexity.

How Automated EHS Software Paves the Road to Success

ISHN, February 2016
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) professionals are responsible for maintaining a high level of both safety and compliance within the organization.

Global Harmonization: The Key to Compliance that Spans the Supply Chain

MPO, February 2016
Business today has become increasingly global in nature. Life science organizations in particular often extend manufacturing to suppliers who are located around the world. For suppliers to effectively operate within this global environment, a harmonized solution is needed.