The first thing one needs when working with quality management, as with numerous other areas within and outside the medical device industry, is their own copy of the standard. ISO 13485:2016 is the Medical devices – Quality management systems standard and it can be bought and downloaded as a PDF from various online sources.
However, there is one more source that offers considerably lower prices on this standard, as well as many other standards. It is the Estonian Centre for Standardization and there, you can get this standard for the price of 25€. That is a lot of times less than any of the previous sources.
This website boasts another great feature, which is renting a document for 24 hours. Basically, you pay 2€ and own a standard or any other document for a day, which is a convenient way of quickly browsing and seeing if the document matches what you need, without spending large sums of money.
Where to find ISO 13485 for free
Please note, during the pandemic, certain ISO standards, including ISO 13485:2016, are available for free. You cannot download it as a pdf, but the full text is available online. See the updated list of free standards here.
Would you like to know more about Quality Management?
If you want to know more about ISO 13485 and quality management for medical devices, take a look at our online Quality Management for Medical Devices and ISO 13485 course. This comprehensive course is specifically tailored to make the requirements of the ISO 13485 as tangible and concrete as possible, so participants can confidently work in an organisation where ISO 13485 requirements apply. It introduces tools and methods on how to work successfully and efficiently within a quality management systems.
Our online courses are frequently taken by competent authorities, notified bodies and medical device manufacturers and distributors.
Peter Sebelius (PMP) is a highly esteemed trainer, consultant and entrepreneur in the medical device industry. He is a member of the Joint Working Group that is revising the ISO 13485 and ISO 14971 standards.
He has vast ‘hands on’ experience too, having developed, amongst other things, a mechanical chest compression and an ex vivo perfusion machine for lungs. He has received numerous awards including the Great Design Award and the title “This year’s specialist” by Veckans affärer.