What it costs and how long it takes to establish an ISO 13485-compliant quality management system
The costs for establishing an ISO 13485-compliant quality management system depend on factors such as:
Size of organization, number of locations and branches, number of employees
Scope of quality management system (e.g. development, production, sales, support, etc.)
Preexistence of other quality management systems e.g. ISO 9001
Management commitment and involvement of employees
However, because we have already assisted over 100 companies and we have a clear focus on small and medium size companies, we can assess the efforts precisely. Typically, it takes us between 7 and 14 days to compile the quality manual, including all procedures, templates and forms.
Why we are as fast
We are so fast for several reasons:
Experience We are experienced and have done it a couple hundred of times
Avoiding superfluous documents We are auditors ourselves. We even train auditors and know exactly what is necessary. Therefore we only compile documents that are legally required or/and helpful to develop products better and faster. We hate extensive bureaucracy and unnecessary paperwork.
Specialization Our focuses are small and medium size manufacturers and engineering service providers that develop active medical devices that contain or that are software.
Joined effort We work closely with our clients. The more work they would like to take on, the lower our efforts and costs. Our dedication is to empower our clients as fast as possible and to share the workload rather than maximizing our revenue.
Proven templates There is no need to reinvent the wheel over and over again. There are lots of documents which always look alike. Therefore, we work with templates which reduces workload, complexity and costs. Obviously, SOPs, for core processes as development, have to be specific for each company.
The roadmap to ISO 13485 certification
A typical project looks like this
Day 1 and 2: Initial workshop We get to know you and your company, review existing documents, let you explain your process and commonly discuss potential for improvements.
Day 3 to 7: Writing the documents We compile your specific quality management system documentation. You will be surprised by the outcome.
Day 8 and 9: Fine tuning We discuss open issues and fine-tune the documents and the system.
Day 10: Hand-over and training We introduce your team to the new or updated quality management system and provide a training on how to use the system (this goes very fast). Then you start working with your system.
Day 11-12 (optional): Mock-up audit A mock-up audit helps you to identify non-conformities. You are perfectly prepared for the real audit inspection.
Contact us now! We are happy to answer your questions and discuss with you the best way to establish your quality management system.
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Dr. Niels Bojunga, Molecular Health
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Your [QM Officer], Small Medical Product Manufacturers
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