How to Obtain the ISO 13485 Certification in 6 Steps?

ISO 13486 certification


In this article, you will learn what is the ISO 13485 Certification.

It is a third-party certification that demonstrates to regulators that you have met the requirements of the standard.

The ISO 13485 Certification involves the establishment and implementation successfully of the ISO 13485 Quality Management System.

It considers that the Quality Management System is appropriate and effective while emphasizing the safety and efficacy of medical devices.

The ISO 13486 certification is designed for regulatory compliance.

Therefore, it is more prescriptive in nature and requires a more thoroughly documented quality management system.

6 steps to ISO 13485:2016 certification

Step 1 – Quality System Planning

This stage involves the preparation of the quality plans for implementing changes to your quality management system.

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Step 2 – Meeting Regulatory Requirements

Understand and implement the quality plan, according to the applicable government requirements such as FDA 21 CFR 820, etc.

Step 3 – Implementing Design Controls

The establishment of the design controls is one of the most important aspects of the ISO 13485 certification, since, it describes the route to follow in the direction to start and maintain the quality management system.

Step 4 – Documents & Records Management

The Document and Record Control management is a main requirement for the ISO 13485 certification. In fact, the quality manual defines the process interactions for the quality system as described below:

  1. Support processes such as document control and training
  2. Core processes such as purchasing, production, and shipping
  3. Management processes

Each of these items shall require its associated procedures, and these procedures must be controlled. Indeed, the document control procedure is recommended to be the first procedure to guide the direction for the whole quality system.

Step 5 – Management Processes

ISO 13485 requires the implementation of risk management.  Also, it requires to consider any potential hazards in the operating environment and the quality management system.

Minimize identified risks by taking proactive steps.  ISO 13485 suggests the integration of risk management with business processes.

For example, the principal management processes are corrective and preventative actions (CAPA), internal auditing, and management review.

Step 6 – The Certification Audit

For certification audits, ISO 13485:2016 requires that an audit be conducted by sector/industry-specific personnel and ISO agent.

The certification process would begin with an audit of procedures.

During this audit, all the remaining processes in your quality system will be audited.  In order to ensure that the audit proceeds smoothly, the following documents and records should be prepared in advance:

  1. Quality manual
  2. Company organization chart
  3. Controlled list of procedures
  4. Internal auditing procedure
  5. CAPA procedure
  6. Management review procedure
  7. Internal audit schedule
  8. CAPA log
  9. Management review minutes

Benefits of the ISO 13485 Certification

How to obtain the ISO 13485 Certification?

Read more about a certification to ISO’s management system standards.

The ISO 13485 is not a public domain document available free on the internet.

It is a copyrights document which can be purchased directly from the ISO store.

Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP)

Established by Regulatory Authorities (RA),  the MDSAP is an international initiative to implement a program where Auditing Organizations (AO) can conduct a single audit of a medical device manufacturer that would be accepted by multiple regulators to address QMS/GMP requirements.

Moreover, RAs include Australian TGA, Brazilian ANVISA, Health Canada, US FDA, and Japanese MHLW.

Find out more about MDSAP and how it impacts the ISO 13485 certification.


ISO 13485:2016 is available from your national ISO member or the ISO Store.

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