FMEA Without Tears (March 2024)

Upcoming Virtual Courses


Philip Crosley recognized similar issues with quality in general when he wrote a seminal book titled, “Quality Without Tears.” Since then, many good people have successfully facilitated the integration of quality systems into organizations. Likewise, the goal of this webinar is to facilitate the successful application of FMEA as a valuable risk analysis and risk management tool. 

This webinar will give you an opportunity to hear directly from an industry expert who has facilitated the application of FMEA across a wide variety of organizations. He successfully leads teams tasked with risk analysis and risk management through a mentoring and “divide-and-conquer” approach. In most cases, an FMEA exercise lasts 1-4 hours, depending on the complexity and risk involved. In one case, a thorough FMEA for a complex, Class 3 medical device was completed, documented, and submitted in only three days. In another case, a risk analysis was conducted in 30 minutes using a simplified FMEA! But the key measure of success is that all team members feel that their effort yielded credible and actionable results.


Over the course of two hours, the program will:

  • Introduce the key concepts of Hazard and Risk Analysis
  • Illustrate how a simplified FMEA can yield results in a flash
  • Define the industry-standard format for an FMEA
  • Provide examples of how to facilitate an FMEA team effort
  • Discuss ways to avoid the common misuses and abuses of FMEAs

Who Should Attend?

This material will appeal to quality professionals, managers, and FDA staff. Instruction is targeted to professionals involved in risk analysis and management. Given the broad application of risk analysis, this material will be of value to professionals working across the entire product lifecycle, including R&D, manufacturing, packaging, logistics, supplier quality, marketing, sales, product support, and regulatory affairs. It will also appeal to FDA staff interested in the application of best practices to support quality systems.

Virtual Training Information

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For virtual training courses, we request that you register at least one week in advance of the course start date to allow sufficient time for shipping of training materials and devices (Please allow two weeks for non-U.S. addresses). If you register within these time frames, AAMI cannot guarantee you will receive material prior to the start of the course but you will have access to digital versions of the materials. If you have any questions, please email


Peter L. Knepel

President of Peak Quality Services

Dr. Peter Knepell is the President of Peak Quality Services. He is a Certified Master Black Belt (MBB), Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), and Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE). He has broad industry experience helping firms adopt Lean Six Sigma quality systems and meet FDA-regulatory requirements. In the mid-1990s, Pete assisted the FDA with the introduction of their Quality System Regulation. Pete has presented over 30 webinars and is on AAMI’s faculty for: Valid Statistical Techniques, Design of Experiments, and Process Validation.