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Investigations - Best Practices

Sep 15 - Sep 16, 2016
Washington, DC

  • Education
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Duration: 2 Days


Comprehensive investigations serve a number of purposes other than being in compliance with regulatory requirements, including decreasing the cost of quality, improving efficiency and reducing repeat events. This course is designed to present the critical support elements of investigations, including quality culture, integration of quality risk management and continuous improvement. Topics will also include understanding how effective investigations and well-written reports yield business improvement opportunities. Participants will learn the necessary components in designing an investigation and conducting a root cause analysis which will determine the true root causes and yield the most effective CAPAs.

Who Should Attend

This course is for upper level management, operational supervisors and professionals in quality assurance/quality control, risk management, regulatory affairs, manufacturing, product development, CAPA, supply chain and purchasing, production, engineering, project management, and R&D.


  • Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Examine key cultural aspects affecting investigations, assess how they impact investigations and develop a strategy for dealing with them
    • Conduct a review/assessment of your company culture and provide ways to help senior management to understand the value of well-done investigations
    • List appropriate skill sets and functions necessary to participate on the investigation team
    • Conduct effective investigations which determine true root cause and cost effective CAPAs
    • Define after-action reviews to determine effectiveness and lessons learned
    • Recognize quality risk management principles to evaluate/prioritize deviations to determine the extent and depth of investigations
    • Identify the components of investigation reports which accurately summarize investigation findings and lead to clear conclusions and follow up
    • Explain the business value and impact of well-done investigations and how they can reduce repetitive investigations and lower business costs

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Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel

999 9th St NW
Washington, DC

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All rates in US Dollars. REFUND FOR COURSES: If your written request is received by August 16, 2016, you will receive a full refund less a $200 processing fee. After that time, no refunds will be approved. COURSE CANCELLATION: PDA reserves the right to modify the material or instructors without notice, or to cancel an event. If an event must be cancelled, registrants will be notified by PDA as soon as possible and will receive a full refund. PDA will not be responsible for airfare penalties or other costs incurred due to cancellation. For more details, contact PDA at [email protected] or +1 (301) 656-5900.

Class Schedule

All lecture courses begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted on the confirmation letter or in course information posted on the website or in the course brochures. Courses that are listed with a half day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at noon on the last day.

Please arrive at your course location approximately thirty minutes before the start of the course to sign in. Please be sure to bring your confirmation letter as proof of registration. PDA will not allow persons to attend a course without payment, or guarantee of payment.

A continental breakfast will be served before class beginning 8:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Snacks will be provided during the morning break from 10:00 - 10:15 a.m. and the afternoon break from 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.


The course will be held at:

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: +1 (202) 898-9000


For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Ko
Senior Manager, Lecture Education
Tel: +1 (301) 656-5900 x151
Email: [email protected]

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Group Registration Discount: Register 3 people from the same organization as a group (at the same time) for the event and receive the 4th registration free. Other discounts cannot be applied.

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CANCELLATION: If a cancellation request is received 30 days before the event, a credit (registration fee paid minus a 200.00 USD/EUR processing fee) will be given. No credits will be given for cancellation requests received less than 30 days before the event. Cancellation requests must be emailed to [email protected].


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