ISO 13485 Requirements

ISO 13485:2003 includes all of ISO 9001 except:

But the matrix above shows how many clauses have been revised in addition to the deleted sections. Primarily these changes involve customer feedback, traceability & continuous improvement.

For a detailed review of the ISO 13485 Requirements, please consider:

Here is a general overview of the requirements:

Section 1: Scope Talks about the standard and how it applies to organizations and:

  • the importance of a process approach
  • you need to include regulatory requirements of your products & services
  • you need to have processes in place for continual improvement.
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Section 2: Normative Reference

  • References ISO 9000:2005 which should be used along with the standard. It outlines the Quality Management Systems-Fundamentals and Vocabulary

Section 3: Terms and Definitions

  • Gives definitions used in the standard, many of which are IN ADDITION to ISO 9001:
    • Active Implantable Medical Device
    • Active Medical Device
    • Advisory Notice
    • Customer Complaint
    • Implantable Medical Device
    • Labeling
    • Medical Device
    • Sterile Medical Device

Section 4: General Requirements Gives requirements for the overall Quality Management System

Section 5: Management Responsibility Gives requirements for Management’s role in the QMS

  • Management Responsibility
  • Quality Policy & Objectives
  • Customer Focus & Customer Satisfaction
  • Management Review

Section 6: Resource Management Gives requirements for resources including:

Section 7: Product Realization Gives requirements for:

  • The production of the product or service
  • Planning
  • Customer related processes and Customer Feedback
  • Design
  • Purchasing
  • Process control
  • Identification and Traceability
  • Customer Property

NOTE: Much of Section 7 is modified from ISO 9001

Section 8: Measurement, Analysis and Improvement

  • Gives requirements on monitoring processes and improving those processes
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Internal Audits
  • Control of Non-Conforming Product
  • Corrective and Preventive Action

NOTE: Several items in section 8 are modified from ISO 9001

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