BUSINESS PLANNING & TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
When performing a location analysis, medical device manufacturers must take into consideration the risk of disasters—natural and otherwise—associated with particular geographic areas. Prospective facilities in a selected location must meet the safety and security requirements for any occurrence for which there is a reasonable risk. If a building is located in an area where earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, or terrorist attacks are a significant concern, the facility's owner should have procedures in place to cope with possible power failures, floods, waterline breaks, and other potential consequences of a given disaster. To ensure that such systems can stand up to a disaster, manufacturers can consult a regional specialist who can perform a detailed survey and advise the company as to what changes, if any, should be made.
Ann Brown, real estate manager at Medtronic, adds, “It's more of a business continuation plan. What are you going to do if you cannot use your building? Where is your backup? What's the chain of command for making decisions? How do the phone calls go? It's identifying your critical operations and making sure that you do have another way to produce product, ship product, or answer customer phone calls.”