ISO 13485 – Quality Management System For Medical Devices – Regulatory Purpose

ISO 13485:2003 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 requirements and regulatory requirements applicable to medical devices and related services.

The primary objective of ISO 13485:2003 is to facilitate harmonized medical device regulatory requirements for quality management systems. As a result, it includes some particular requirements for medical devices and excludes some of the requirements of ISO 9001 that are not appropriate as regulatory requirements. Because of these exclusions, organizations whose quality management systems conform to this International Standard cannot claim conformity to ISO 9001 unless their quality management systems conform to all the requirements of ISO 9001.

All requirements of ISO 13485:2003 are specific to organizations providing medical devices, regardless of the type or size of the organization.

If 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 regulations can provide alternative arrangements that are to be addressed in the quality management system. It is the responsibility of the organization to ensure that claims of conformity with ISO 13485:2003 reflect exclusion of design and development controls.

If any requirement(s) in Clause 7 of ISO 13485:2003 is(are) not applicable due to the nature of the medical device(s) for which the quality management system is applied, the organization does not need to include such a requirement(s) in its quality management system.

The processes required by ISO 13485:2003, which are applicable to the medical device(s), but which are not performed by the organization, are the responsibility of the organization and are accounted for in the organization

Benefits Of ISO 13485 Quality Management System Implementation For Medical Device
  • Improved legal and regulatory or contractual requirements compliance
  • Enhanced risk identification its management and subsequent prevention
  • Enhanced product safety, proactive error detection and prevention
  • Production and service cost is reduced to lot extent.
  • Process rejection and rework is reduced and subsequently eliminated at certain stage
  • Customer satisfaction is achieved by on-time delivery of quality products
  • Customer complaints are also reduced and eliminated
  • Thorough traceability of material as well as finished product is maintained
  • Lead time required to convert the raw material to finished product is reduced
  • Services become more effective and efficient in all manners
  • Housekeeping standard is lifted to certain level
  • Loss of energy, time and money is prevented
  • In general "Waste" from all processes is reduced and "Profitability" is increased.