Originally Published MPMN June 2005E-News
If you need help in creating meaningful data presentations, check out the Web site for Edward Tufte, professor emeritus at Yale University (www.edwardtufte.com). He offers a one-day course on data presentation, and there’s an on-line forum where you can ask questions and get feedback on information design. You can also take a look at some of his artwork and sculpture.
Clinivation (www.clinivation.com/pages/resources/downloads.htm) offers documentation templates for policies and procedures in your quality system. This is a good place to start when you are having a difficult time creating a new form or procedure.
The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) is a member organization that creates and upholds ethical standards, and offers credentialing and education to regulatory affairs personnel within the health product sector. Its Web site (www.raps.org) provides articles and notices relevant to the profession. The site also includes information on educational opportunities and RAPS certification programs.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Web site (www.ansi.org) provides information on current standards activities. The Electronic Standards Store on its site is my source for the standards that we use.
When you need to figure out how many millimeters make up a mile, try Convert-Me.com (www.convert-me.com). This site offers a variety of programs to convert from one type of measurement units to another. Conversions for a variety of measurements, from metric to U.S. avoirdupois, are possible. You can even calculate conversions using ancient Greek and Roman systems of measurement.
Trivirix (Durham, NC; www.trivirix.com) is a contract manufacturer exclusively focused on the design, manufacture, and support of electronic and electromechanical medical and life science equipment. Specializing in moderate-volume, high-mix manufacturing, the company has facilities in the United States and Europe..
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