The “Secret” ISO Standards

While ISO has some generally well known quality management standards like ISO 13485 and ISO 14001, and they have very specific standards for producing products (like rear-mounted power take-off units for agricultural tractors known as ISO 500, or ISO 639 which covers codes for the representation of names of languages). In the middle stand some interesting and valuable additional management systems standards like these.

The Other Sides Of ISO Standards

ISO LogoThe International Standards Organization (ISO) has manysupporting standards which are used in conjunction with the ISO 13485 series. While some are more specific, the emphasis on many is to bring forth in a business environment, the best practices for producing consistently quality services and products.

While we profile a couple in this article, you can go to our listing pageand find many more such as:

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If You Buy, Use, Create Or Update Medical Software, You Need TIR36:2007, Validation of Software for Regulated Processes

If you’ve been certified under ISO 13485, it states a need for software validation since it drives so many of the operations that the general standard covers. But the medical device community felt the standard needed more specificity, so enter TIR36:2007 It helps explain how to ensure the quality levels for software that is used to automate device design, testing, component acceptance, manufacturing, labeling, packaging, distribution, and complaint handling or to automate any other aspect of the quality system

In addition, the standard applies to software used to create, modify, and maintain electronic records and to manage electronic signatures that are subject to the validation requirements. So it applies to software:

  • Employed in the production of a device
  • Used in implementation of the quality system of the device manufacturer

But doesn’t apply to software that is:

  • Essentially a component, part, or accessory of a medical device
  • That is itself a medical device

The value of TIR36:2007 is that it is not tied to a specific software type, platform or application. It really promotes good general use and practices with respect to ensuring software quality, consistency and control. This is even amid the dizzying changes and updates and the myriad of ways it can and will be used. It’s sort of a port of best practices in the storm of software change.

Don’t Even Think About Hiring A Quality Consultant Without Consulting ISO 10019:2005

It’s our stance that you don’t need to hire often costly consultants for many phases of the ISO registration process. But there are times when it becomes necessary to outsource and in those cases, ISO has provided some guidance on finding the right attributes when selecting a consultant in their ISO 10019:2005 guidelines for the selection of quality management system consultants and use of their services. Under this advisory, ISO covers a number of issues that apply to the actual selection of a quality management system (QMS) consultant such as:

  • The type and scope of input that should be solicited internally and externally as an aide to the selection process to the selection process
  • Must have areas of competency for the consultant and to some extent the organization that supports them
  • How to avoid conflicts of interest and other ethical considerations
  • How to best apply the services from a consultant to create, manage and improve your quality management system
  • Guidelines for crafting the contract between the consultant and your organization

There are a myriad of of other useful considerations for engaging a quality management consultant and using his or her services in ISO 10019:2005. Get this important advisory before you start the process. You’ll be glad you did.

And The List Goes On

If we have peaked your interest, here’s a partial list of standards, all of which can make you and your company more valuable from just about any perspective.

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