|In response to the publication of the ISO 9001:2000
standard, ISO 13485:1996 & ISO 13488:1996, the international
quality management standards for the medical device manufacturing
industry, have been combined into one standard: ISO 13485:2003.
ISO 13485:1996 provides both a a basis
for addressing USA FDA requirements and those of
the Canadian Medical
Devices Conformity Assessment System (CMDCAS) program. ISO
13485:2003 has also been adopted by the European Community as EN ISO
13485, European standards for CE Marking, replacing EN 46001.
While ISO 13485:2003 is structured in a similar way as
the new ISO 9001:2000 including the celebrated process approach, it
is a "stand-alone standard" and can be used without the ISO
ISO 13485:2003 does require
more documented procedures to meet customer requirements and
regulatory requirements applicable to medical devices than ISO
9001:2000, but the number of documented procedures required are not
significantly greater than was required under ISO 13485:1996.
ISO 13485:2003 no longer longer directly references the
requirements of ISO 9001, hence it is being touted as a
"stand-alone standard." But those wishing maintain ISO 9001:2000 can
do so seamlessly with the new 13485 standard, and will find them
complimentary. If you have commercial accounts as well as medical
device customers, maintaining both 13485 in tandem with ISO 9001 is
your best option, and you'll find it relatively easy to do
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Offering the best of what ISO
9001:2000 brought to quality, ISO 13485:2003 represents familiar
ground to those already accustomed to ISO 9001:2000, and an obvious
improvement to those already familiar with ISO 13485:1996. In
implementing ISO 13485:2003, medical device manufacturers are
embracing a standard that provides a better quality model
to meet regulatory requirements and ensure quality than any
previous or current standard.
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staff and audit your system. At RH ANDERSEN we have more than 15 years
experience in medical device standards, CMDCAS,
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