QMS Medical Software
Implementing QMS involves compliance with ISO standards including ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14000 series, ISO 13485, ISO 19011, and ISO/TS 16949. For companies in the medical devices industry, compliance with ISO 13485 is critical to meet customer and other applicable regulatory requirements. Read on to understand the requirements of ISO 13485 and how to implement them in the organization with CQ’s QMS.
QMS Medical Software
The pharmaceutical, life sciences and healthcare industries are highly regulated due to their direct impact on customer health and safety. A Quality Management Software designed specifically for these industries should address the complex product development lifecycle these industries. Their use in the organization is to ensure compliance with FDA and other ISO standards, specifically ISO 13485. QMS helps improve product quality and safety, eliminate manual quality processes, reduce overall costs, standardize processes and documentation, and enhance operational efficiency.
Quality Management Software for Medical Devices
The life sciences industry is poised for a remarkable transformation where metrics-driven business processes and regulatory compliance (such as FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and FDA Software Validation) are dominant factors for success. To sustain and flourish in the changing environment, companies have to focus more than ever before on defining, monitoring and acting on the various parameters, including managing operational risks, ensuring regulatory compliance, making quality a high priority issue, and standardizing processes across both internal and external value chain. With a focus on risk management, device manufacturers in the life science industry must realign their business and quality objectives to meet the norm set by ISO 13485:2016. The current standard emphasizes integrating internal processes to minimize risk within the organization. This integration includes
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The Importance of Medical Device QMS
The QMS helps medical device manufacturers with:
- Enterprise-wide data visibility of both quality and safety parameters
- Seamless workflows and business processes
- Easy setup for multiple standards like ISO 9001, ISO 45001, OHSAS 18001
- Predictive insights for quality; proactive approach to safety
- Aligning people and processes
- Reducing the cost due to inefficient safety or quality process
- Better manage risk across two misaligned systems
Essentials of a QMS for Medical Devices
- Helps measure key quality and supply chain metrics, provides quality insights with organization-wide dashboards and reports
- Provides thorough visibility with robust continuous supplier assessment process across global and local supply chains
- Customizes quality management processes that ensure defect-free manufacturing and lower production costs
- Integrates quality processes with existing manufacturing processes thus facilitating an agile environment to shorten product life cycle
- Facilitates a closed-loop system to track all quality events across all manufacturing locations
- Ensures smooth regulatory compliance across geographies
- Enables deploying specialized equipment and incident management modules that monitor quality events on the factory floor
- Ensures cyber security
- Facilitates operational excellence
- Allows for customizing training management to distribute programs for key personnel
- Tracks risk and change initiatives with a data-first mindset
- Ensures meeting environmental sustainability goals
Medical Device Quality Management Systems and FDA Regulations
Accepted internationally by the FDA and other countries, ISO 13485 is the international standard that applies to all 165 member countries of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO). It is used as the parameter to measure a medical device manufacturer’s quality management system (QMS), including QMS effectiveness, regulatory compliance, and customer requirements. ISO 13485:2016 has become the backbone of the integrated MDSAP (Medical Device Single Audit Program) introduced in 2019. Medical device manufacturers, raw material suppliers to these manufacturers, surgical medical device manufacturers, and sterile medical device manufacturers across the region must adhere to global ISO 13485 standards to comply with international markets’ requirements, including EU members, Canada, Japan, among others. ISO 9001 is used for implementing best practices into QMS and ISO 13485 focuses on risk management and documentation of procedures.
Medical Device QMS and ISO Quality Standards
ISO 13485:2016 has become the new foundation for medical device quality systems. If you haven’t started your gap analysis, the time to start that transition is now. It is critical for medical device manufacturers and suppliers to begin implementing the standards of the revised ISO 13485:2016, as the allotted three-year changeover period may not provide adequate time for all organizations to transition. ComplianceQuest can help companies to effectively plan, monitor, and improve the transition as well as the overall quality management.
Using CQ to Establish Medical Device Quality Management Software
ComplianceQuest Modern Cloud Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS) supports the latest edition of ISO 13485:2016 by automating your entire quality management system requirements and maintaining full traceability. CQ’s EQMS Suite was designed from the ground-up to be not only extremely user-friendly at all levels but also provide a very powerful platform to scale regardless of the size of the company. ComplianceQuest helps you organize your company’s ISO 13485:2016 requirements, improving productivity while easily helping auditors and notified bodies to find what they need quickly and effortlessly.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to automate QMS with ISO 9001 compliance?
What are the new updates in ISO 13485:2016?
- Product planning
- Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions (CAPA)
- Verification, validation, and revalidation
- Monitoring, testing, and traceability
- Risk management documentation in product realization
Another major change in the current version of ISO 13485 is regarding outsourcing. According to the new version of the ISO 13485 standard, companies that are contracted for the development, design, or servicing of the medical devices must also meet ISO 13485 standards.