The Discussion Group (DG) project continues to be met with enthusiasm from all who have taken the time to investigate its merit. The concept of high quality, low cost, local, one day/one evening conferences on issues of importance to QA/RA professionals in the medical industry has proven attractive to both the attendees of the conferences as well as with the volunteer leaders of existing and future DGs. The success of this concept is evidenced by the solid attendance that continues to be generated at conferences held by the existing groups described below. Click on the ASQ Biomedical Events link at the left to browse for an event occurring in your area. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer leader, please contact your local DG by clicking on the Biomedical Division -Leadership link on the left. If a group does not exist in your area and you would like more information about starting one, contact the Biomedical Division Chair.
Dallas Fort Worth Discussion Group
This Discussion Group, held their successful inaugural Round Table in late 2006. Attendees are targeted from the entire metroplex area, with events hosted at various locations from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Events are usually held at either Abbott Diagnostics in Irving or Plano. Remote participation is also available (information provided in meeting announcements. This group’s primary focus is to provide a forum for professionals involved in the development, quality, manufacture, testing, and regulation of medical devices and diagnostics, to learn, teach, and discuss issues specific to the medical device and diagnostics industry. A calendar of events, plus additional local information, is housed on the group’s LinkedIn webpage: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3791422. To receive timely notices of the meetings or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact your local DG through the Biomedical Division Leadership Page.
Northern California Discussion Group
This is the oldest of the "DG's", founded in 1993 in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area. Roundtables and seminars are usually held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. We also occasionally hold seminars admitting up to 250 attendees, and have a well-attended annual collaboration event with RAPS early in the year. For details on upcoming Round Tables and Seminars please refer to the Events Calendar on the home page. If you're already on the NCDG e-mail list, you'll get timely notices of these meetings. Also, for the experienced Medical Device QA practitioner, we collaborate with the local Silicon Valley Section to teach Biomedical classes. If you might be interested in learning about the classes, either to teach or to take them, contact any of the NCDG leaders To receive timely notices of these meetings or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer leader, please contact the Communications Coordinator for the NCDG through the Biomedical Division Leadership page.
New England Discussion Group
This is the other older discussion group. NEDG serves Biomedical Professionals throughout the New England area. We generally offer 4 one day seminars throughout the year on a variety of topics, such as Hot Topics in the industry, Supplier/Purchasing controls, Internal Auditing, Risk Management, CAPA and Complaints. These one day seminars are generally held at the Sheraton Needham, MA. We include speakers from the FDA, notified bodies and other subject matter experts. Typical attendance ranges from 50 to 150 participants. Round Tables are also held 4 times throughout the year. These are limited to 25 attendees and include a dinner and a shorter interactive venue, generally ranging from 2-3 hours in the evening. Topics offered in 08/09 include sampling plans, failure mode and effects, complaints and adverse event reporting, and how to manage an FDA audit. These roundtables are generally offered at a medical device company within the Boston metro area. NEDG has also partnered with Mass Medic to sponsor their yearly event which is held at the Mass Medic headquarters. For general information on the group or If you would like to be added to the NEDG mailing list for notices on upcoming events, please contact your local DG by clicking on the Biomedical Division Leadership link on the left.
Southern California Discussion Group
SCDG serves Biomedical Professionals throughout the Southern California region. This discussion group sponsors regular roundtable discussions and periodic seminar-style events featuring local and nationally recognized experts, often including FDA representatives and industry consultants. The Discussion group currently offers these functions at various venues within ASQ Region 7 (San Diego, Temecula, Palomar, Orange County, San Gabriel, San Fernando Valley) to better serve the needs of the 13 Sections within the region. To receive timely notices of these meetings or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact your local DG through the Biomedical Division Leadership page.
Midwest Discussion Group
The Midwest Discussion Group was initiated in March 2007. We plan to meet monthly to discuss "hot topics" affecting our lives in the biomedical industry. The first topics for MWDG to begin tackling are CAPA and Risk Management. MWDG is establishing a presence in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and throughout the Midwest.