Where should your regulated company manage your training plans?

By Michele Yoshikawa

Are you working for a company that requires you to know who has been trained and certified on a product, process, or standard operating procedure? If you work at an FDA regulated industry, you know the importance of keeping good training records on all types of processes and documents used to manufacture and deliver products to your customers. Since it’s training information, you’d think that most companies should use a Learning Management System (LMS) to manage all this.

You’d be wrong.

Instead, these training plans are best managed under revision control in the company’s Quality Management Software (QMS) or Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system.

Why not use LMS? The problem with using most LMS solutions is that all the training assignments in LMS are completely separate from the products, documents and procedures that are being updated and versioned. These are usually managed in a PLM or QMS system. This missing link between systems creates potential for training plans that don’t match the latest products and procedures, resulting in non-compliant training and increased business risk.

With Propel, it’s different. Propel lets you manage all the products, documents, procedures AND training plans in one place. When you create or update a document, everyone is immediately notified that they have a new training assignment that they must complete. As people complete their training, Propel tracks who’s done what, and you can also schedule periodic re-trainings to ensure everyone is up-to-date.

By using Propel for training, you can rest easy and have the peace of mind that everyone is properly trained and you’re fully compliant.

Tags: life sciences, training records, QMS, quality management software