Anthony Cerilli, National Director of the MedMMAP program, was a featured speaker at the May 8th, 2019, MedAccred Management Council Supplier Event and Panel Discussion, hosted at the Medtronic Operational Headquarters in Minneapolis, MN. There were 52 attendees representing 30 medical device and instrument contract manufacturers and suppliers. MedAccred Subscribers in attendance were Medtronic, Baxter, BD, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, Philips, and Stryker.
The session began with a presentation of the MedAccred program status by Connie Conboy and Justin McCabe of PRI. Some highlights were the recent release of Plastics Mechanical Assembly and also Printed Boards to the suite of critical processes available for accreditation, and the additions of two new program Subscribers – Bayer and BD – bringing the total number to eight.
The MedMMAP presentation featured details of the NIST MEP system and how the MedMMAP (an MEP National Network program) is helping suppliers prepare for MedAccred accreditation. Anthony discussed the assistance prerequisites, the assistance process, the current status of the seven national centers of excellence, and the anticipated future expansion of the program. MedMMAP currently supports accreditation assistance in Plastics Injection Molding, Plastics Extrusion, Heat Treat, Welding, Cable and Wire Harness, and Printed Circuit Board Assembly.
Joining MedMMAP were two guest speakers from Kaysun, a recipient of the MedMMAP program who recently earned accreditation in Plastics Injection Molding. Al Timm, Sr. Business Development Engineer, and Denny McGuigan, Director of Sales, discussed the Kaysun journey and how MedMMAP was helpful in preparing them for the accreditation audit. Al and Denny shared a Kaysun video discussing why they pursued MedAccred accreditation, which is available here.
Rounding out the session was a panel discussion from three MedAccred subscribers: Ann Sheldon, Medtronic VP Global Supplier Quality, Scott Goolsbey, Stryker Supplier Controls Manager, and Scott Dauphinee, Johnson & Johnson Director Supplier Quality. The panel, facilitated by Connie Conboy, discussed how Subscriber activities and policies towards MedAccred accredited suppliers were driving supplier selection. This ranged from being a requirement to gain new business, to being a supplier expectation, to being a factor when selecting a supplier, depending on the Subscriber. The panel also highlighted the MedMMAP program and the benefits and opportunity that they believe it provides for U.S. located suppliers.