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EN ISO 13485:2016 Amendment

The much anticipated amendment to EN ISO 13485:2016 has now been published in the form of A11:2021, providing manufacturers with updated Annexes ZA and ZB to reflect the obligations and requirements of the new EU Regulations for medical devices and IVDs.

The EU Regulations clearly stipulate that all medical device manufacturers shall have a Quality Management System (QMS) in line with the Article 10 obligations within the Regulations. Devices requiring Notified Body intervention will also need to meet QMS requirements within their appropriate conformity assessment procedures, as laid out in Annex IX or Annex XI. Once the standard is cited within the Official Journal of the European Union for that Regulation, compliance with the normative references given in Annexes ZA and ZB of the standard, presumption of conformity with the corresponding Regulation and EFTA Regulations may be conferred.

EN ISO 13485:2016+A11:2021 compares the QMS requirements of Article 10 and Annexes IX and XI with the corresponding requirements of the ISO 13485:2016 standard, providing notes on whether these are covered by the standard or not. One could thus follow these notes in order to identify those areas of their QMS which will need to be updated with respect to the EU Regulations.

We would recommend that all manufacturers who are using an ISO 13485 compliant QMS to purchase this amendment and go through Annexes ZA or ZB as appropriate in order to determine which elements of the QMS will need to be revised in order to comply with the requirements of the MDR or IVDR.

Advena can conduct a comprehensive gap analysis on your existing QMS documentation in order to highlight any deficiencies with respect to the EU Regulations and ensure your system is compliant. Our Gap Analysis Reports also provide recommendations on how these gaps may be resolved as well as tips on how to improve your QMS.

Quality Management Systems (QMS) Under the MDR

Regulation (EU) 2017/745 (MDR) requires manufacturers of devices, other than investigational devices, to establish, document, implement, maintain, keep up to date and continually improve a quality management system that shall ensure compliance with this Regulation in the most effective manner and such that it is proportionate to the risk class and the type of device. Article 10 (9) of the MDR goes into further detail.

Manufacturers should be looking closely at their QMS to ensure it meets the requirements of the Regulation. A QMS to ISO 13485:2016 will cover most of these aspects, but not all. Therefore, it will be vitally important to carry out a review of your QMS.

The implementation of the MDR to 26th May 2021 is not far away, so please use this time wisely.

If you don’t have the resources internally or locally, remember Advena have a team of consultants who can help and should you need our assistance please do contact us and we will happily discuss and provide you with a quotation to review your QMS. If you need to implement a new QMS, we can also quote for this.

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ISO 13485:2016 Success For Advena Ltd in Malta!

Advena Limited,  Malta have chalked up a remarkable success!

Following the successful re-certification audit at our UK office at the end of February 2019, the next task was to audit our office in Malta (an EU27 member state) for inclusion on our ISO 13485:2016 certification. Advena’s experts set about this tricky task providing carefully planned advice and guidance to our Maltese team, the result of which, after a gruelling audit by LRQA, one of the UK’s most respected Notified Bodies, was a glowing report and more importantly achieving the much converted certification it needed to move its EU Authorised Representative (EC REP) business forward.

If you’re looking for an EC REP based in the EU27 or are looking for QMS consultancy to ISO 13485:2016 please contact us for more details and become part of a success story.

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Meet Advena at MEDICA 2018

It’s that time of the year, MEDICA 2018 is almost upon us. This year two members of our team will be visiting this important exhibition in Düsseldorf.

We encourage both new and existing clients to take the opportunity to meet us to discuss your regulatory needs. To avoid disappointment please email in advance to arrange an appointment at a convenient time.

Dr. Andrew Whitton
Senior Regulatory Consultant
andrew.whitton@advenamedical.com
Richard Bassett
Senior Regulatory Consultant
richard.bassett@advenamedical.com

For more information regarding MEDICA https://www.medica-tradefair.com/

ISO 13485: 2016 MDSAP – Gap Analysis

ISO13485:2016 is the most recent version of quality management system (QMS), specifically for medical device manufacturers and is now considered the ‘gold’ standard.

Manufacturers have until March 2019 in order to update their current ISO13485 QMS to this latest version and become certified.

In addition if it’s your intension is to access USA, Brazilian, Japanese, Australian and/or Canadian markets you will be required to comply with the requirements of the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP).

At Advena we have experts who specialise in guiding manufacturers to compliance whether it’s ISO13485:2016 or with the additional requirements of MDSAP and the first logical step is to perform a gap analysis.

The Advena gap analysis will evaluate your QMS and assess your level of compliance, identifying any gaps, deficiencies or nonconformities when comparing to your current QMS to the standard you wish to achieve.

After completion of the gap analysis we will provide a full written report which you can use as a guide to upgrade your QMS internally, or alternatively Advena can upgrade your QMS for an agreed fee.

This service is particularly helpful for SME’s and start-up organisations whose depth of resources may not allow a gap analysis to be conducted internally.

For more information on how Advena can assist with assessing your QMS to either ISO13485:2016 or to include the requirements of MDSAP certification or even to implement a new QMS please contact us at info@advenamedical.com for a detailed quotation.

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