Organizations responsible for the design and production of medical devices need to understand the strict standards and requirements of government officials. Used for a wide range of applications, medical devices may mean the difference between life and death for those that rely on them. In the United States, medical devices are regulated by the FDA and organizations must receive ISO 13485 certification prior to their design or assembly.
About ISO 13485
ISO 13485:2016 aligns with ISO 9001:2008. It’s important to note that this version of ISO 9001 does not include the same Annex L of the 2015 version. ISO 13485 includes several safety requirements to ensure the quality and reliability of devices created for the medical industry.
Although several countries have their own set of regulations regarding medical device design and creation, ISO 13485 is the main Quality Management System (QMS) standard for medical devices. While organizations in the United States must meet both ISO 13485 and FDA requirements, the FDA plans to eventually harmonize the two.
Despite what many people believe, ISO 13485 is aimed at ensuring high quality products. It is not a standard for products. Instead, ISO 13485 is a process based standard. When followed, these processes ensure a quality end product.
Organizations or businesses receive ISO certification. Individual people cannot become certified in ISO 13485. However, one person in an organization can receive certification as an ISO 13485 Certified Lead Auditor.
Becoming ISO 13485 Certified
Organizations wishing to become ISO 13485 certified must meet strict requirements. This is necessary to ensure the organization fully understands the processes required to create high quality medical devices. Organizations must take all necessary steps to implement an ISO 13485 quality management system. They must then undergo an audit by a Certification Body (CB). If the organization passes the audit, they receive ISO 13485 certification for three years. They must get re-certified after the initial three-year period.
ISO Certified Medical Device Manufacturer
Means Engineering has the people, equipment, and technology needed to produce high quality medical devices. In addition to ensuring the proper practices and standards within our organization, we have taken the steps necessary to become ISO 13485 certified. This puts us in the best possible position to help with the design and production of a wide range of products.
When you work with Means Engineering, you gain access to the knowledge and experience of our highly qualified team. We work directly with our clients to ensure adequate communication throughout the entire process. Please contact us to learn more about our contract manufacturing services for the medical industry.