Gowanda Electronics, a manufacturer of high performance electronic inductor components, is now registered as conforming to International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 13485:2003 quality management standard by NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR).
The audit was completed by NSF-ISR in the second quarter of 2006.
ISO 13485 is an international standard, recognised throughout the world for establishing a business management system specific to the medical device industry.
This ISO certification is applicable to organisations that are involved in the manufacture of medical devices, and to companies like Gowanda Electronics that manufacture components for such devices.
Gowanda is the first inductor manufacturer to attain ISO 13485, establishing Gowanda Electronics as a leader in this field.
Many of the companies that has achieved ISO 13485 certification are manufacturers of the medical devices themselves.
Gowanda Electronics, as a sub-component manufacturer, is in the secondary tier of companies to be impacted by this relatively new ISO certification.
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Nevertheless, Gowanda pursued the ISO 13485 certification well in advance of other component manufacturers.
David Schaack, President of Gowanda Electronics, said, “We have been supplying components, mainly on a custom basis, to medical device manufacturers for several years.
By making the business decision to achieve our ISO 13485 certification now, we are demonstrating our commitment to the global medical device marketplace and leading the way in addressing requirements which will become essential to doing business in the medical community in the months and years ahead.”
Ken Hicks, Director of Quality at Gowanda Electronics, added, “By taking action now to address the future needs of our customers, this ISO certification will not only strengthen our existing relationships with medical customers, but also establish us as the supplier of choice in the global medical market for both custom and standard inductor components.”
In addition to typical ISO documentation control and record-keeping requirements, ISO 13485 also includes risk management elements and greater emphasis on root cause analysis, with long term reliability as the overall goal.
The ISO 13485:2003 certification complements Gowanda’s already-established ISO 9001:2000 certification which was attained in 2002.