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With New Initiatives, Case For Quality Embarks On Mission To Create 'Safe Space,' Engage CEOs, #makeCAPAcool

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Quality and regulatory officials from Medtronic, Hologic, Baxter Healthcare and Boston Scientific – among others – are working with the joint US FDA/MDIC Case for Quality to fully realize a two-year strategic plan that targets corrective and preventive action (CAPA), CEO engagement in quality activities, career paths in device quality, and more.

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