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 previous version of ISO 9001, ISO 9000:2008 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; therefore it is more prescriptive in nature and requires a more thoroughly documented QMS.
ISO 13485 was written to support medical device manufacturers in designing a QMS that establishes and maintains the effectiveness of their processes. It ensures the consistent design, development, production, installation and delivery through to disposal of medical devices that are safe for their intended purpose.
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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The Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) allows a single audit of a medical device manufacturer's QMS which satisfies the requirements of multiple regulatory jurisdictions. Audits are conducted by Auditing Organizations (AO), such as BSI, authorized by the participating Regulatory Authorities (RA) to audit under MDSAP requirements.
MDSAP is a way that medical device manufacturers can be audited once for compliance with the standard and regulatory requirements of up to five different medical device markets: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan and the United States.
A BSI MDSAP Audit can also be combined with assessment for CE and ISO 13485.
MDSAP audits can be performed by a recognized MDSAP AO, such as BSI, which has performed MDSAP audits worldwide and issued a significant number of global sites with MDSAP certifications; we are currently processing many more.
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 mandatory for CE marking medical devices under the European Medical Device Directives (AIMDD, MDD, IVDD), it is harmonized, which allows the presumption of conformity to the Directives.
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 QMS standard accepted as the basis for CE marking medical devices under European Directives and Regulations and UKCA marking medical devices under the UK MDR 2002. ISO 13485:2016 remains a state-of-the-art document. BSI, as one of the leading EU notified bodies and UK approved bodies, can verify medical device manufacturers’ selection of the most efficient conformity assessment routes to achieve CE and UKCA marking.
Key resources to help your transition to ISO 13485:2016
BSI has a range of courses on ISO 13485, from an introduction course for those new to the standard, to internal and lead auditor courses for those actively involved in the implementation of the standard in their organization.