Microbiology assessment planning guide
We have developed this guide to provide information on what to expect during a BSI microbiology audit and to support you in preparing for your audit.
As a manufacturer of a sterile medical device, meeting the necessary ISO 13485, regional and global regulations can be a challenging and complex process. It is critical to work with a notified body that understands the industry and has the experience to review and confirm your product’s readiness for market – efficiently, promptly and robustly.
A sterile medical device is a device that must be free from live bacteria or other microorganisms and their spores. Sterile medical device requirements are defined by national or regional standards and regulations, which detail the sterility requirements. Sterilization of a medical device may include exposure to ethylene oxide, gamma irradiation, steam, dry heat, or chemical sterilization under defined conditions, and any necessary post-treatment required for the removal of by-products.
Sterilization of medical devices is a specialized process and requires specific knowledge and expertise. We are passionate about patient safety and reducing patient risk through microbiology assessments, carried out by our qualified microbiologists. A typical microbiology assessment from BSI would include:
Our microbiologists and technical specialists collaborate and are able to support in all areas including dental, ophthalmic, orthopaedic, vascular, active implantable, active, medicinal substances, devices utilizing animal tissue and general sterile devices.
We conduct Quality Management System (QMS) assessments to ensure compliance with ISO 13485 as well as other global regulations and sterilization standards (i.e. MDSAP, MDR, IVDR, EN ISO 11135 and EN ISO 11137-1). We also perform Technical Documentation reviews under the IVDR and MDR.
BSI The Netherlands (2797) is a leading Notified Body; we review medical devices to ensure that they conform to the requirements of the European Directives and Regulations. BSI UK (0086) is a UK Approved Body able to provide conformity assessments under the new UKCA scheme. Our Microbiology team has a broad range of medical, pharmaceutical, industry and regulatory experience, including product design and development, manufacturing, sterilization, and product testing.
Our technical specialists have an average of 20 years’ experience in the industry and understand the scientific aspects of the sterilization process. This world-leading experience supports you as a manufacturer by providing expert feedback on controlled environments and the sterility of your medical device.
BSI is trusted by the two largest global sterilization service providers to complete their QMS and sterilization audits. We are the Notified Body of choice for over 90% of contract sterilization registrations worldwide.
The implementation of the appropriate sterilization technique can be the difference between a medical device not receiving certification and one which is approved for use on the market to enhance and save patients’ lives. Contact us early in the planning process for your sterile medical device submissions and certifications.