LRQA achieves UKAS accreditation for ISO 13485:2016

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LRQA has been granted global accreditation to ISO 13485:2016, the international quality management system (QMS) standard for organisations involved in medical device manufacturing.

The new ISO 13485:2016 standard presents organisations with an opportunity to make their management systems even more robust while aligning with the ever demanding global regulatory environment.

Following an extensive audit by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), LRQA has been granted global accreditation to ISO 13485:2016, the international quality management system (QMS) standard for organisations involved in medical device manufacturing.

Published in March 2016, ISO 13485:2016 shares the same QMS principles of the previous version of the standard, but has not adopted the Annex SL high level structure reflected within ISO 9001:2015.
Holders of UKAS accredited certificates issued against either ISO 13485:2003 or the associated European Standard EN ISO 13485:2012 will have until 31 March 2019 to transition to the revised standard, after which the certificates will cease to be valid. New clients who wish to apply for certification to either of the aforementioned standards are strongly encouraged to apply for ISO 13485:2016 certification.

John Howlett, LRQA Technical Manager, Medical Devices, said, “The new ISO 13485:2016 standard presents organisations with an opportunity to make their management systems even more robust while aligning with the ever demanding global regulatory environment. Adopting the risk based approach and implementing the improved feedback processes should allow organisations to move beyond compliance to enhanced performance. Certified organisations should be acting now, as delaying transition and not planning ahead could potentially put your certificate at risk.”

With all the major ISO standards being revised, LRQA is at the forefront of communicating the changes. We offer a range of assessment services as well public and in-house training courses, all aimed at helping to ensure that organisations worldwide have a smooth transition to the new standards.

For more information about our range of ISO 13485:2016 services, email enquiries(at)lrqa(dot)com or visit http://www.lrqa.com/standards-and-schemes/iso-13485-2016/.

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About LR Management Systems (LRQA)
LRQA is a member of the Lloyd’s Register group. LRQA is a leading independent provider of assurance services including assessment, certification, validation, verification and training across a broad spectrum of standards, schemes and business improvement services to include training and customised assurance programmes.

About Lloyd’s Register (LR)
Lloyd’s Register (LR) is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. Founded in 1760 as a marine classification society, LR now operates across many industry sectors, with over 9,000 employees in 78 countries.

Lloyd’s Register has a long-standing reputation for integrity, impartiality and technical excellence. Our compliance, risk and technical consultancy services give clients confidence that their assets and businesses are safe, sustainable and dependable. Through our global technology centres and research network, LR is at the forefront of understanding the application of new science and technology to future-proof our clients’ businesses.

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