The ISO 13485 standard is an effective solution to meet the comprehensive requirements for a QMS. Adopting ISO 13485 provides a practical foundation for manufacturers to address the Medical Device Directives, regulations and responsibilities as well as demonstrating a commitment to the safety and quality of medical devices.
ISO 13485:2016 specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to provide medical devices and related services that consistently meet customer and applicable regulatory requirements. Such organizations can be involved in one or more stages of the life-cycle, including design and development, production, storage and distribution, installation, or servicing of a medical device and design and development or provision of associated activities (e.g. technical support). ISO 13485:2016 can also be used by suppliers or external parties that provide product, including quality management system-related services to such organizations.
Requirements of ISO 13485:2016 are applicable to organizations regardless of their size and regardless of their type except where explicitly stated. Wherever requirements are specified as applying to medical devices, the requirements apply equally to associated services as supplied by the organization.
The processes required by ISO 13485:2016 that are applicable to the organization, but are not performed by the organization, are the responsibility of the organization and are accounted for in the organization’s quality management system by monitoring, maintaining, and controlling the processes.
If applicable regulatory requirements permit exclusions of design and development controls, this can be used as a justification for their exclusion from the quality management system. These regulatory requirements can provide alternative approaches that are to be addressed in the quality management system. It is the responsibility of the organization to ensure that claims of conformity to ISO 13485:2016 reflect any exclusion of design and development controls.
If any requirement in Clauses 6, 7 or 8 of ISO 13485:2016 is not applicable due to the activities undertaken by the organization or the nature of the medical device for which the quality management system is applied, the organization does not need to include such a requirement in its quality management system. For any clause that is determined to be not applicable, the organization records the justification as described in 4.2.2.
What is an ISO 13485 Quality Management System?
ISO 13485 is a stand-alone QMS standard, derived from the internationally recognized and accepted ISO 9000 quality management standard series. ISO 13485 adapts the ISO 9000 process-based model for a regulated medical device manufacturing environment. While ISO 13485 is based on the ISO 9001 process model concepts of Plan, Do, Check, Act, it is designed for regulatory compliance. It is more prescriptive in nature and requires a more thoroughly documented quality management system.
ISO 13485 was written to support medical device manufacturers in designing quality management systems that establish and maintain the effectiveness of their processes. It ensures the consistent design, development, production, installation, and delivery of medical devices that are safe for their intended purpose.
ISO 13485:2016 – The harmonized standard is here
ISO 13485:2016, the Medical Device Quality Management System standard, has been harmonized to the European Medical Devices Directives: MDD, AIMDD and IVDD. EN ISO 13485:2016 now replaces the previous version of the standard, EN ISO 13485:2012, in the EU Official Journal, with the date of ‘cessation of presumption of conformity’ of EN ISO 13485:2012 stated as 31 March 2019.
Standard harmonization allows manufacturers to use their compliance to the standard as evidence of conformity to the requirements of relevant legislation.
The harmonization of EN ISO 13485:2016 is another step towards compliance to the recently published Medical Devices and IVD Regulations, which will supersede the current Directives in 2020 and 2022, respectively. Find out more about MDR transition and IVDR transition.
What are the benefits of being certified to ISO 13485?
Whether you are looking to operate internationally or expand locally, ISO 13485 Certification can help you improve overall performance, eliminate uncertainty, and widen market opportunities. Companies with this certification communicate a commitment to quality to both customers and regulators.
- Increase access to more markets worldwide with certification
- Outline how to review and improve processes across your organization
- Increase efficiency, cut costs and monitor supply chain performance
- Demonstrate that you produce safer and more effective medical devices
- Meet regulatory requirements and customer expectations
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ISO 13485 is the best internationally-accepted model a medical device organization can implement to help demonstrate compliance to laws and regulations of the medical device industry. ISO 13485 is the quality management system standard accepted as the basis for CE marking medical devices under European Directives and Regulations.
Although ISO 13485 certification is not a direct requirement for CE marking medical devices under the European Medical Device Directives and Regulations, it is recognized as a harmonized standard by the European Commission. As one of the leading notified bodies for CE marking, we can support you on selecting the most efficient conformity assessment routes to achieve CE marking.
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