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With an AI-powered complaint management system, you can quickly identify, investigate and resolve complaints to continuously improve product quality

Centralize the complaint handling process to increase control, lower risk and improve quality. TrackWise Digital enables organizations to manage complaint intake efficiently, conduct investigations, perform risk assessments, review reportability, complete corrective actions and trend complaint categories. Unlock data that will boost productivity, reduce investigation time and increase patient safety with complaint management software powered by AI technology.


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AI-Enabled Complaint Management


AI can significantly enhance life sciences complaint management by automating data collection and analysis through natural language processing and image recognition. It enables pattern recognition and trend analysis, predicting potential issues and prioritizing cases based on severity. Automation of routine tasks, decision support and compliance monitoring are facilitated by AI, allowing for more efficient handling of complaints.


Enhanced communication is achieved through AI-powered chatbots and continuous improvement is driven by analytics, providing insights for refining processes. Implementing AI in life sciences complaint management increases efficiency, improves decision-making and better regulatory compliance, ultimately enhancing customer satisfaction and product quality.


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What is a Complaint?


In 21 CFR §820.3(b), a complaint is defined as “any written, electronic, or oral communication that alleges deficiencies related to the identity, quality, durability, reliability, safety, effectiveness or performance of a device after it is released for distribution.”

About Complaint Management

Manage the entire complaint lifecycle—from investigation to resolution, and gain insights for continuous improvement. 


Improving Postmarket Surveillance Across the Life Science Value Network 

Comprehensive Postmarket Surveillance is more than receiving complaints and reporting to Regulatory Agencies.


Post-Market Surveillance: UDI Compliance for Class I Devices Moves Forward with New Deadline

Class I and unclassified devices will now have to comply with UDI by September 24, 2022. However, the FDA will not enforce GUDID submissions—except for implantable, life sustaining or life supporting devices—until December 8th, 2022.



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Challenges of Complaint Management for Life Sciences

Life sciences manufacturers must deliver effective and safe products to the marketplace. Critical to this function is identifying product issues quickly and accurately before they lead to significant patient harm. Complaint handling is essential to this process, enabling a manufacturer to gather and investigate potential product problems and rapidly address those that present risk.

Because compliant handling requires the communication and collaboration of multiple stakeholders throughout a manufacturer’s operations, these groups and individuals cannot effectively resolve issues while working in silos. An enterprise-wide solution enables all parties involved in the complaint handling process to work effectively and efficiently to resolve product issues, save time and money, facilitate compliance, and safeguard patients.

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Why Complaint Handling Is Important 


How a life sciences manufacturer handles product complaints significantly impacts patient safety, operations and revenue. Those companies that can effectively manage complaints and address product issues promptly— can more easily comply with global regulations, protect patients from harm and avoid losses.


However, manufacturers with inadequate and inefficient complaint handling processes and systems face tremendous risks. Mismanaged complaints can swell into widespread issues that damage brands, profits and human lives.

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Complaint Intake

Complaint handling is a crucial component of a successful QMS. A robust complaint handling system that receives sufficient information, triages, prioritizes, assesses, resolves and communicates the complaints promptly will benefit the company through customer loyalty, patient safety and total cost of quality.


TrackWise Digital® is a cloud and SaaS-based Quality Management System (QMS) that enables organizations to manage complaint intake efficiently, conduct investigations, perform risk assessments, review reportability, complete corrective actions and trend complaint categories.

Impact of Improved Complaint Management

Industry leaders who conduct a thorough analysis and reconsider crucial aspects of their Quality Management System (QMS), such as Complaint Management, will witness the following benefits:

Decrease in variations
Prevention of defects
Reduction in rework
Enhancement in productivity
Better utilization of resources
Achievement of transformation goals
Decrease in risk
Improvement in safety
Surpassing customer expectations

The Complaint Management Process

A likely driver behind regulatory compliance challenges in this area is the complexity of the complaint handling process. It requires significant coordination and collaboration throughout a manufacturer’s operations. Below are the primary steps in the process.

Process Breakpoints That Present Risk

Complaint handling requires extensive communication and collaboration among key stakeholders, enterprise-wide visibility and data sharing, and detailed complaint management and resolution documentation. Although complaint handling is a critical component of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), some manufacturers still use manual processes, disparate systems, and inconsistent workflows to manage it. As a result, manufacturers often experience breakpoints throughout the process:

delayed response
limited visibility of information
increase risks and costs

The Solution: Enterprise-Wide Complaint Management

Many life sciences manufacturers have implemented centralized, automated, and fully integrated quality management processes and reporting systems to manage complaint handling regulatory requirements and minimize non-compliance risks. These systems provide the organization with a consistent and standardized intelligent mechanism for recording, tracking, and trending customer complaints, investigations, and adverse event reporting according to regulatory standards.

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  • Key capabilities include:

    The ability to record complaints and adverse events in a centralized location and track-and-trend issues to rapidly identify and address potential risks to patient safety
  • Patented business rules engine to determine the appropriate process steps for assessing and addressing the complaint and notify the necessary parties to begin an investigation
  • Automated process assigns complaints and related investigations based on manufacturing location and product type
  • Management of the complaint lifecycle via trending of real-time data and escalation of potential safety issues
  • eReporting capabilities that provide the required traceability of document acknowledgments between the FDA database and a manufacturer’s systems

Benefits of an Enterprise-Wide Approach

An enterprise-wide approach to complaint management enables a manufacturer to achieve compliance, reduce patient risk, improve product quality, streamline and centralize workflow, avoid litigation, and produce positive business outcomes.
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Reduce Risk and Protect Your Brand

When all complaints are channeled through a centralized system, a manufacturer can quickly identify and address critical issues promptly. This allows companies to preserve brand reputation, maintain credibility in the eyes of the public, avoid negative publicity, and increase customer satisfaction.

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Standardized workflows help ensure all steps in the process are completed and minimize the chance that critical information or tasks will be overlooked. This standardization also enables timely and accurate complaint and adverse event assessments, structured root cause analyses and appropriate CAPAs.

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With an auto trending capability, the system can automatically detect developing trends and escalate them to management. Using the system, staff can generate custom reports on complaints, trends and closure times and share this information with management/executive team to facilitate knowledge-driven strategic decisions.

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Comply with Regulations

With an enterprise-wide solution, all manufacturer locations use the same system and standard processes and workflows to handle complaints, facilitating compliance with GMPs and government regulations in the U.S. and abroad.

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Information is immediately captured and input into a strict, pre-set, government-compliant system with clear standard operating procedures (SOPs) and full audit trails. System controls reduce the risk of unauthorized individuals accessing protected health information (PHI) to satisfy HIPAA. Furthermore, the electronic information captured throughout the complaint handling process supports accurate and timely reporting to the FDA and other regulators.

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Streamline Operations and Reduce Costs

Process automation and standardization drive greater efficiency throughout the complaint handling process. Using a system that integrates seamlessly with other business-critical systems (e.g., CRM, ERP, EDI), every department involved in the complaint handling process can electronically share information, which minimizes manual data entry and eliminates the need to merge/reconcile data housed in spreadsheets or discrepant systems.

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Using standardized workflows and terminology, from complaint capture to closure, facilitates greater efficiency, consistency, and precision throughout the process and across the organization. This helps drive rapid response and closure times, resulting in streamlined operations and cost reduction.

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