ISO 13485:2016 Quality Manual

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Table of Contents 

Revision and Approval Record 
1.0 Scope 
1.1 General 
1.2 Application 
1.3 Quality policy statement 
2.0 Company information 
3.0 Terms and definitions 
4.0 Quality management system 

4.1 General requirements 
4.2 Documentation requirements 
5.0 Management responsibility 
5.1 Management commitment 
5.2 Customer focus 
5.3 Quality policy 
5.4 Planning 
5.5 Responsibility, authority, and communication 
5.6 Management review 
6.0 Resources 
6.1 Provision of resources 
6.2 Human resources 
6.3 Infrastructure 
6.4 Work environment and contamination control
7.0 Product realization 
7.1 Planning of product realization 
7.2 Customer-related processes 
7.3 Design and development 
7.4 Purchasing 
7.5 Production and service provision 
7.6 Control of monitoring and measuring equipment
8.0 Measurement, analysis and improvement 
8.1 General 
8.2 Monitoring and measurement 
8.3 Control of nonconforming product 
8.4 Analysis of data 
8.5 Improvement 



XYZ COMPANY recognizes its responsibility as a provider of quality products/services. To this end, XYZ COMPANY has developed and documented a quality management system.  The quality system complies with ISO 13485:2016, Medical devices-Quality management systems-Requirements for regulatory purposes and the FDAs CFR 21 Part 820: Quality System Regulation.  This manual provides comprehensive evidence to all customers, suppliers and employees of what specific controls are implemented to ensure product/service quality.

This manual also governs the creation of quality related documents. It will be revised, as necessary, to reflect the quality system currently in use. It is issued on a controlled copy basis to all internal functions affected by the quality system and on an uncontrolled copy basis to customers and suppliers. It may be issued to customers on a controlled copy basis upon customer request.


XYZ COMPANY accepts responsibility for the complete satisfaction of its customers. We exercise this responsibility through adequate training of our employees, adherence to proven procedures, and total commitment to meeting and exceeding customer requirements.



(Name), President


4.2.3 CONTROL OF DOCUMENTS  XYZ Company has established and maintains a Control of Documents Procedure. It ensures that documents:

a) are reviewed and approved for adequacy prior to issue;

b) are updated, reviewed and approved for re-issue as necessary;

c) are identified with their current revision status;

d) are available at point of use;

e) are legible, readily identifiable and retrievable;

f) of external origin are identified and their distribution is managed;

g) that are obsolete are prevented from unintended use and are suitably identified if they are retained for any purpose.

Documents defined as quality records are managed per the Control of Quality Records Procedure.


5.1 Management Commitment

The management of XYZ COMPANY is committed to implementing, and maintaining a documented quality system. This commitment includes: ensuring that customer, regulatory and legal requirements are understood and appropriately addressed, the quality policy is understood and implemented at all levels of the organization, quality objectives and plans are established as necessary and that the responsibilities of all functions affecting quality are clearly defined. Management will make provisions for the necessary resources and personnel to maintain the system, including a management representative, who will ensure that the requirements of this manual are met. Management will review the system annually to determine its effectiveness.



The management of XYZ COMPANY establishes annual key initiatives, which include quality objectives. The objectives are established via the Management Review Procedure and communicated to all levels of the organization for use in establishing each function's and employee's annual key objectives. Quality objectives are measurable, include business performance indicators reflecting requirements for products/services, and are consistent with the quality policy.


The management of XYZ COMPANY ensures that the resources needed to achieve the quality objectives are identified and planned. All quality plans are documented and include: the required recourses; the processes of the quality system, and permissible exclusions.



XYZ COMPANY has established and maintains documented procedures to ensure that the sequence of processes is conducted in a controlled manner. Planning of the realization processes is consistent with other requirements of the organization's quality system. Plans of product and service realization determine the following:

quality objectives for the product/service, project or contract;

the need to establish processes and documentation, and provide resources and facilities specific to the product/service;

verification and validation activities, and the criteria for acceptability;

the records that are necessary to evidence conformity of the processes and resulting product/service to specified requirements.



XYZ COMPANY has established and maintains a documented Improvement Procedure to define, plan and implement the measurement and monitoring activities needed to assure conformity and achieve improvement. This includes the determination of the need for, and use of, applicable methodologies including statistical methods.


XYZ COMPANY applies suitable methods for measurement and monitoring of those realization processes necessary to meet customer requirements. These methods confirm the ability of each process to satisfy the intended purpose.


XYZ COMPANY measures and monitors the characteristics of the product/service to verify that requirements for the product/service are met. This is carried out at appropriate stages of the product/service realization process. Evidence of conformity with the acceptance criteria is documented. Records include the authority responsible for release of the product/service.


Inspection and Test Procedure

1.0 Receiving Inspection and Test

1.1 All purchased material which influences the manufacture of, or is intended for use as part of, deliverable products is subject to inspection and/or testing by Receiving Inspection. Upon receipt of products, receiving personnel verify the quantity of delivered units, check marking and identification of packages, and inspect all packages for any signs of tampering or damage. If all these checks and inspections are satisfactory, receiving personnel signs the delivery receipt. If not, any shortages or damages are noted on all copies of the delivery receipts.

1.2 The received containers are then moved to the designated inspection area, a copy of the purchase order is retrieved, and the packing slips are removed from the containers. Upon opening the containers, the goods are verified against the purchase order and the packing slip, and are examined visually for any signs of damage. The purchase order is stamped "RECEIVED" and is signed and dated by the receiving inspector. All receiving inspections are logged in the Receiving Inspection Log.

1.3 On critical parts and components, as determined by the Quality Manager, a precision inspection/test is performed. This type of inspection includes:

Review of material certificates, supplier inspection records, compliance certificates, and any other relevant documentation delivered with the product

Random sampling based on statistical technique specified

Visual inspection to detect any damage or other visible problems

Performing measurements and testing against specified requirements as required

Recording the sample size, actual measurements, and inspection test results on the Inspection/Test & Audit Report

1.4 Where it is not practical to perform receiving inspection upon receipt, provisions are made to perform source inspection at the supplier's facility.

1.5 The Quality Manager determines the extent and scope of receiving inspection based on the importance of the item and the suppliers' control methods and performance. The Quality Manager may request that suppliers provide objective evidence of conformance (i.e., material certifications, certificates of conformance, test data, first article inspection, and SPC data). Objective evidence provided by suppliers may be used as the basis for reducing/waiving receiving and source inspection.

1.6 Upon acceptance, products are identified with an "ACCEPT" tag [green sticker] and moved to stock. In the event that product which is designated for receiving inspection is released to production due to urgency, it shall be positively identified and recorded in receiving inspection records.

2.0 In-process Inspection and Test

2.1 In-process inspection/testing is conducted to ensure that the product/process conforms to specified requirements. The inspection/testing is normally carried out by production personnel. Random audits of the in-process inspection/testing process are conducted by quality control personnel.

2.2 The Quality Manager determines the extent and scope of in-process inspection/testing based on the importance of the item, control methods, and previous performance.

3.0 Final Inspection and Test

3.1 For acceptance of completed products, final inspection/testing is utilized. This includes a verification of satisfactory receiving and in-process inspections/tests, as well as completion of the remaining inspections/tests to assure that the finished products/processes conform to specified requirements. Products are not released, and processes are not approved until all inspection/test activities have been satisfactorily completed and the appropriate documentation is available and authorized. All final inspections are logged in the Final Inspection Log. On critical parts and components, as determined by the Quality Manager, a Final Inspection/Test & Audit Report is completed.

3.2 The Quality Manager determines the extent and scope of final inspection/testing based on the importance of the item, control methods, and previous performance.

4.0 Inspection and Test Records

4.1 Inspection/test records, which show clearly whether the product/process has passed or failed the defined acceptance criteria, are established and maintained.

5.0 Nonconforming Material/Products

5.1 All material/products that are found to be nonconforming are identified and segregated and/or quarantined, and appropriately dispositioned per the Control of Nonconforming Product Procedure.


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