Quality Manual, Policy and Objectives
|ISO 13485:2016 Section||Document Section|
The Quality Manual describes the scope of the Quality Management System, its documented procedures and a description of their interactions.
The QMS described in this Quality Manual applies to all products of <your company name>.
Role of Company
Other roles besides manufacturer are: Authorized representative, distributor.
<your company name> is a manufacturer of Medical Devices.
Remove either the MDD or MDR entry, depending on which you’re complying with (MDD will only be possible until May 2021, afterwards it’s only MDR).
The following table only gives an overview of the most relevant regulation and standards. For a comprehensive overview, see the list of applicable standards (reference here).
|Standard / Regulation / Law||Why Applicable?|
|MDD (93/42/EEC)||Directive for all Medical Device Manufacturers in the EU|
|MDR (2017/745/||Regulation for all Medical Device Manufacturers in the EU|
|ISO 13485:2016||QMS required by essential requirements of MDD/MDR|
|ISO 14971:2019||Risk management for medical devices|
|IEC 62304:2006||Software development for medical devices|
|IEC 62366-1:2015||Usability evaluation for medical devices|
The following sections of ISO 13485:2016 will be excluded due to the product being stand-alone software:
- 6.4.2 Contamination control
- 7.5.2 Cleanliness of product
- 7.5.5 Particular requirements for sterile medical devices
- 7.5.7 Particular requirements for validation of processes for sterilization and sterile barrier systems
- 188.8.131.52 Particular requirements for implantable medical devices
2. Quality Policy & Objectives
Describe what your company is about, specifically, its mission and things which are important for it. Maybe you’re developing software for patients with a certain disease and your goal is to improve their lives.
Whatever policy you outlined above, now you need to make it measurable by defining objectives which can be tracked. So, let’s say if you’re creating software for patients with a certain disease, maybe you’d want to measure the number of complaints they have. Or, better, you have some metric for how much you improve their lives.
How does your team track its goals? Your auditors want to see how your quality objectives translate into your daily work. You should formulate strategic goals for your company that are somewhat related to your quality goals and which are tracked at least on an annual basis. You already have a goal-oriented system in place to track your team’s work? Even better: align business and quality goals and describe your system here.
Describe the roles of the people in your company. Typically this is done by drawing an organigram (you could use draw.io for that). Or, you just use a table like below.
|Product Manager||Ada Lovelace|
All C-level roles (CEO, CTO, CMO) are referred to as the Management. Management is generally responsible to define responsibilities and authorities, to define and communicate Quality Policy and Goals and to ensure that the whole organization is oriented towards them.
See ISO 13485, para. 5.1, para. 5.5.1
The Quality Management Officer (QMO) is responsible to:
- ensure that processes needed for the company’s quality management system are documented
- report to top management on the effectiveness of the quality management system and any need for improvement
- ensure the promotion of awareness of applicable regulatory requirements and QMS requirements throughout the organization.
See ISO 13485, para. 5.1, para. 5.5.2
List all your SOPs here. This list is currently incomplete as many SOPs are company-specific. You will have to complete it yourself - good luck!
|SOP Corrective and Preventive Action||Core|
|SOP Document and Record Control||Core|
|SOP Integrated Software Development||Core|
|SOP Post-Market Surveillance||Support|
|SOP Software Validation||Support|
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