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Document 32013R0920

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 920/2013 of 24 September 2013 on the designation and the supervision of notified bodies under Council Directive 90/385/EEC on active implantable medical devices and Council Directive 93/42/EEC on medical devices Text with EEA relevance

OJ L 253, 25.9.2013, p. 8–19 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2013/920/oj

25.9.2013   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 253/8


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) No 920/2013

of 24 September 2013

on the designation and the supervision of notified bodies under Council Directive 90/385/EEC on active implantable medical devices and Council Directive 93/42/EEC on medical devices

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Directive 90/385/EEC of 20 June 1990 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to active implantable medical devices (1), and in particular Article 11(2) thereof,

Having regard to Council Directive 93/42/EEC of 14 June 1993 concerning medical devices (2), and in particular Article 16(2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Technical progress has led to more complex devices and production methods implying new conformity assessment challenges for notified bodies. Those developments have resulted in variations in the level of competence of notified bodies and in different degrees of stringency applied by them. Accordingly, to ensure the smooth functioning of the internal market, it is necessary to determine a common interpretation of the main elements of the criteria for designation of notified bodies set out in Directive 90/385/EEC and Directive 93/42/EEC.

(2)

The common interpretation of the criteria for designation provided by this Regulation does not suffice to assure their consistent application. The assessment methods in the Member States differ. They have a tendency to differ ever more due to the mentioned increased complexity of the work of conformity assessment bodies. Furthermore, many ad hoc questions arise in the day-to-day designation practice, in relation with new technologies and products. For these reasons, it is necessary to provide for procedural obligations which ensure a constant dialogue between Member States on their general practices and on ad hoc questions. This will bring to the surface discrepancies in the methods used to assess the conformity assessment bodies and in the interpretation of the criteria for their designation set out in Directive 90/385/EEC and Directive 93/42/EEC. Bringing the discrepancies to the surface will permit to develop a common interpretation of the assessment methods, especially with regard to new technologies and devices.

(3)

To ensure a common approach from the designating authorities and neutral conditions for competition those authorities should base their decisions on a common set of documents which lay the ground for the verification of the criteria for designation set out in Directive 90/385/EEC and Directive 93/42/EEC.

(4)

To facilitate, in a view of the increasingly complex work of conformity assessment bodies, a common application of the criteria established for their designation, those bodies should be assessed by teams of assessors representing the knowledge and experience of different Member States and of the Commission. To facilitate such assessments, certain essential documents should be accessible to those involved in these activities. Designating authorities from Member States other than the Member State where the conformity assessment body is established should have the possibility to review the documentation related to the assessment and to comment on intended designations if they so wish. The access to those documents is necessary in order to allow the identification of weaknesses of the applicant conformity assessment bodies as well as discrepancies in the Member States’ assessment methods and in their interpretation of the criteria for designation set out in Directive 90/385/EEC and Directive 93/42/EEC.

(5)

In order to ensure that the common interpretation of the criteria established applies similarly to scope extensions, which often reflect new technologies or product types and renewal of designations of notified bodies, the procedure for the designation of conformity assessment bodies should also be followed in those situations.

(6)

The need for control and monitoring of notified bodies by the designating authorities has increased since technical progress has raised the risk that notified bodies do not possess the necessary competence with regard to new technologies or devices emerging within their scope of designation. As technical progress shortens product cycles and as the intervals of surveillance on-site assessments and of the monitoring vary between designating authorities, minimum requirements with regard to the intervals of the surveillance and monitoring of the notified bodies should be established and unannounced or short-notice on-site assessments should be organised.

(7)

When, in spite of the measures taken to ensure a coherent application and follow up of the requirements by the Member States, the competence of a notified body is in doubt, the Commission should have the possibility to investigate individual cases. The need for investigation by the Commission is exacerbated since technical progress has increased the risk that notified bodies do not possess the necessary competence with regard to new technologies or products falling under their scope of designation.

(8)

In order to increase transparency and mutual trust and to further align and develop their designation, extension and renewal procedures, above all in a view of new emerging interpretative questions regarding new technologies and devices, Member States should cooperate with each other and with the Commission. They should consult each other and the Commission on questions with general relevance for the implementation of this Regulation and inform each other and the Commission on their model assessment checklist, which constitutes the basis for their assessment practice.

(9)

The increased complexity of the tasks regarding the designation of the conformity assessment bodies, reflecting the increasing complexity of the work of those bodies, requires significant resources. Therefore, requirements should be imposed on the Member States with regard to the minimum level of available competent personnel, able and entrusted to operate in an independent way.

(10)

Designating authorities who are not in charge of market surveillance and vigilance for medical devices are not necessarily aware of deficiencies in the work of notified bodies which were spotted by the competent authorities when doing product checks. Furthermore, the designating authorities do not necessarily have all the product related knowledge which is sometimes needed to assess whether the notified bodies worked properly. Therefore, the designating authorities should consult the competent authorities.

(11)

Where designation is based on accreditation in the meaning of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 339/93 (3), in order to ensure a transparent and coherent application of the criteria set out in Annex 8 to Directive 90/385/EEC and Annex XI to Directive 93/42/EEC, accreditation bodies on the one hand, and designating and competent authorities on the other hand should exchange information relevant for the assessment of notified bodies. The need for this exchange of information has proven to be particularly strong in respect to the conformity assessment bodies’ practices with regard to new technologies and devices and their ability to cover those technologies and devices and thus to fulfil the criteria for designation set out in Directive 90/385/EEC and Directive 93/42/EEC.

(12)

It is appropriate to provide for a phase-in period, so as to give designating authorities time to build up the necessary additional resources and adapt their procedures.

(13)

The complex technical and production developments have led some notified bodies to outsource parts of their assessments. It is therefore necessary to set the limits and to determine under which conditions this can be done. Notified bodies should be in control of their subcontractors and of their subsidiaries. They need to be endowed with the appropriate resources, including fully qualified staff to make their own assessments or to review the assessments made by external experts.

(14)

To ensure that decisions by notified bodies are not influenced by non-legitimate circumstances the organisation and operation of the bodies should ensure full impartiality. To be able to carry out their tasks in a coherent and systematic manner the bodies should possess a satisfactory management system including provisions on professional secrecy. In order to allow notified bodies to perform their work properly, the level of knowledge and competence of the personnel should be guaranteed at all times.

(15)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee set up by Article 6(2) of Directive 90/385/EEC,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Definitions

For the purposes of this Regulation, the following definitions shall apply:

(a)

‘device’ means active implantable medical devices as defined in Article 1(2)(c) of Directive 90/385/EEC or medical devices and their accessories as defined in Article 1(2) of Directive 93/42/EEC;

(b)

‘conformity assessment body’ means a body which performs calibration, testing, certification and inspection activities under Article R1(13) in Annex I to Decision No 768/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (4);

(c)

‘notified body’ means a conformity assessment body which has been notified by a Member State in accordance with Article 11 of Directive 90/385/EEC or Article 16 of Directive 93/42/EEC;

(d)

‘accreditation body’ means the sole body in a Member State that performs accreditation with authority derived from the State as laid down by Article 2(10) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008;

(e)

‘designating authority’ means the authority(ies) entrusted by a Member State to assess, designate, notify and monitor notified bodies under Directive 90/385/EEC or Directive 93/42/EEC;

(f)

‘competent authority’ means the authority(ies) in charge of market surveillance and/or of vigilance for devices;

(g)

‘on-site assessment’ means a verification in the premises of the body or of one of its subcontractors or subsidiaries by the designating authority;

(h)

‘surveillance on-site assessment’ means a periodic routine on-site assessment which is neither the on-site assessment undertaken for the initial designation, nor the on-site assessment undertaken for the renewal of the designation;

(i)

‘observed audit’ means a designating authority's assessment of the performance of a notified body’s audit team in the premises of the body's client;

(j)

‘functions’ means the tasks to be fulfilled by the body’s staff and its external experts, namely: auditing of the quality systems, product related technical documentation review, review of clinical evaluations and investigations, device testing and, for each of the previously mentioned items, the final review and decision making thereon;

(k)

‘subcontracting’ means the transfer of tasks to one of the following:

(i)

a legal person;

(ii)

a natural person who further delegates these tasks or parts thereof;

(iii)

several natural or legal persons who jointly perform these tasks.

Article 2

Interpretation of designation criteria

The criteria set out in Annex 8 to Directive 90/385/EEC or in Annex XI to Directive 93/42/EEC shall be applied as laid down in Annex I.

Article 3

Procedure for the designation of notified bodies

1.   When applying for designation as a notified body, a conformity assessment body shall use the application form set out in Annex II. If the conformity assessment body submits the application and documents annexed to the application on paper, it shall also submit an electronic copy of the application and its annexes.

The application shall specify the conformity assessment activities, the conformity assessment procedures and the fields of competence for which the conformity assessment body wishes to be notified, the latter by indicating the codes used in the ‘New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations’ Information System (5) and subdivisions of those fields.

2.   The designating authority of the Member State where the conformity assessment body is established shall assess that body in accordance with an assessment check-list that covers at least the items listed in Annex II. The assessment shall include an on-site assessment.

Representatives of designating authorities of two other Member States shall, in coordination with the designating authority of the Member State in which the conformity assessment body is established and together with a representative of the Commission, participate to the assessment of the conformity assessment body, including the on-site assessment. The designating authority of the Member State where the conformity assessment body is established shall give those representatives timely access to the documents necessary to assess the conformity assessment body. They shall produce within 45 days after the on-site assessment a report, which shall contain at least a summary of identified non-compliances with the criteria set out in Annex I and recommendation with regard to the designation of the notified body.

3.   The Member States shall make available a pool of assessors for the Commission to call upon for each assessment.

4.   The designating authority of the Member State where the conformity assessment body is established shall upload into a data storage system managed by the Commission, the assessment report drafted by the representatives referred to in paragraph 2, its own assessment report and, if not contained therein, an on-site assessment report.

5.   The designating authorities of all the other Member States shall be informed of the application and may request to get access to certain or all the documents referred to in paragraph 4. Those authorities and the Commission may review all the documents referred to in paragraph 4, may raise questions or concerns and may request further documentation within one month after the last upload of one of those documents. Within the same period of time, they may request an exchange of views on the application, organised by the Commission.

6.   The designating authority of the Member State where the conformity assessment body is established shall respond to the questions, concerns and requests for further documentation within four weeks following their receipt.

The designating authorities of the other Member States or the Commission may individually or jointly address recommendations to the designating authority of the Member State where the conformity assessment body is established within four weeks following the receipt of the response. That designating authority shall take account of the recommendations when it takes the decision on the designation of the conformity assessment body. If it does not follow the recommendations, it shall give the reasons therefor within two weeks after its decision.

7.   The Member State shall notify to the Commission its decision on the designation of a conformity assessment body by means of the ‘New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations’ Information System.

The validity of the designation shall be limited up to a maximum of five years.

Article 4

Extension and renewal of designation

1.   An extension of the scope of the notified body's designation may be granted in accordance with Article 3.

2.   A designation as notified body may be renewed in accordance with Article 3 before the end of the validity period of the previous designation.

3.   For the purposes of paragraph 2, the procedure set out in Article 3(2) shall include, where appropriate, an observed audit.

4.   Extension and renewal procedures may be combined.

5.   Notified bodies already designated before the entry into force of this Regulation and for which the designation does not have a stated validity period or has a validity period exceeding five years, shall be subject to renewal at least within three years of entry into force of this Regulation.

Article 5

Surveillance and monitoring

1.   For the purpose of surveillance, the designating authority of the Member State where the notified body is established shall assess an appropriate number of notified body’s reviews of the manufacturer’s clinical evaluations and shall carry out an appropriate number of file reviews, surveillance on-site assessments and observed audits at the following intervals:

(a)

at least every 12 months for notified bodies with more than 100 clients;

(b)

at least every 18 months for all other notified bodies.

That designating authority shall, in particular, examine changes which have occurred since the last assessment and the work the notified body has performed since that assessment.

2.   Surveillance and monitoring conducted by the designating authorities shall appropriately address subsidiaries.

3.   The designating authority of the Member State where the notified body is established shall continuously monitor that body to ensure ongoing compliance with the applicable requirements. That authority shall provide for a systematic follow-up of complaints, vigilance reports and other information, including from other Member States, which might indicate the non-fulfilment of the obligations by a notified body or its deviation from common or best practice.

In addition to surveillance or renewal on-site assessments, the designating authority of the Member State where the notified body is established shall initiate unannounced or short-notice on-site assessments if those on-site assessments are needed to verify compliance.

Article 6

Investigation of the competence of a notified body

1.   The Commission may investigate cases regarding the competence of a notified body or the fulfilment of the requirements and responsibilities to which a notified body is subject under Directive 90/385/EEC and Directive 93/42/EEC.

2.   Investigations will start with a consultation of the designating authority of the Member State where the notified body is established. Upon request, that designating authority shall, within four weeks, provide the Commission with all relevant information concerning the relevant notified body.

3.   The Commission will ensure that all sensitive information obtained in the course of its investigations is treated confidentially.

4.   When the notified body no longer meets the requirements for its notification, the Commission will inform the Member State where that body is established and may request the Member State to take the necessary corrective measures.

Article 7

Exchange of experience on designation and supervision of conformity assessment bodies

1.   Designating authorities shall consult each other and the Commission on questions with general relevance with regard to the implementation of this Regulation and the interpretation of the provisions of Directive 90/385/EEC and of Directive 93/42/EEC in relation with conformity assessment bodies.

2.   Designating authorities shall communicate to each other and the Commission by 31 December 2013 the model assessment check-list used in accordance with Article 3(2) and thereafter the adaptations made to this check-list.

3.   When the assessment reports referred to in Article 3(4) indicate discrepancies in the general practice of designating authorities, Member States or the Commission may request an exchange of views, which will be organised by the latter.

Article 8

Operating of designating authorities

1.   Designating authorities shall have a sufficient number of competent personnel at their disposal for the proper performance of their tasks. Those authorities shall be established, organised and operated so as to safeguard the objectivity and impartiality of their activities and to avoid any conflicts of interests with conformity assessment bodies. The designating authorities shall be organised so that each decision relating to a notification of a conformity assessment body is not taken by the same member of personnel who carried out the assessment of that body.

2.   Where designating authorities are not in charge of market surveillance and vigilance for medical devices, they shall involve the competent authorities of that Member State for all tasks incumbent to them in accordance with this Regulation. They shall in particular consult the competent authorities of that Member State prior to taking decisions and invite them to attend all types of assessments.

Article 9

Cooperation with accreditation bodies

Where designation is based on accreditation in the meaning of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008, Member States shall ensure that the accreditation body that has accredited a particular notified body is kept informed by the competent authorities on incident reports and other information that relate to matters under the control of the notified body when the information may be relevant for the assessment of the performance of the notified body. Member States shall ensure that the accreditation body in charge of the accreditation of a particular conformity assessment body is kept informed by the designating authority of the Member State where the conformity assessment body is established on findings relevant for the accreditation. The accreditation body shall inform the designating authority of the Member State where the conformity assessment body is established on its findings.

Article 10

Entry into force and date of application

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply to extension of designations as from 25 December 2013.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 24 September 2013.

For the Commission

The President

José Manuel BARROSO


(1)  OJ L 189, 20.7.1990, p. 17.

(2)  OJ L 169, 12.7.1993, p. 1.

(3)  OJ L 218, 13.8.2008, p. 30.

(4)  OJ L 218, 13.8.2008, p. 82.

(5)  ‘NANDO’; see http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newapproach/nando


ANNEX I

Interpretation of the criteria set out in Annex 8 to Directive 90/385/EEC and in Annex XI to Directive 93/42/EEC

1.

Sections 1 and 5 of Annex 8 to Directive 90/385/EEC and of Annex XI to Directive 93/42/EEC shall be interpreted as including the following elements:

1.1.

The conformity assessment body shall be a third-party body that is independent of the manufacturer of the product in relation to which it performs conformity assessment activities. The conformity assessment body shall also be independent of any other economic operator having an interest in the product as well as of any competitor of the manufacturer.

1.2.

That conformity assessment body shall be organised and operated so as to safeguard the independence, objectivity and impartiality of its activities. The conformity assessment body shall have procedures in place that effectively ensure identification, investigation and resolution of any case in which a conflict of interests may arise, including involvement of its staff in consultancy services in the field of medical devices prior to taking up employment with the body.

1.3.

That conformity assessment body, its top management and the personnel responsible for carrying out the conformity assessment tasks shall not:

(a)

engage in any activity that may conflict with their independence of judgement or integrity in relation to conformity assessment activities for which they are notified;

(b)

offer or provide any service which may jeopardise the confidence in their independence, impartiality or objectivity. In particular, they shall not offer or provide or have offered or provided, during the last three years, consultancy services to the manufacturer, his authorised representative, a supplier or a commercial competitor as regards Union requirements for the design, construction, marketing or maintenance of the products or processes under assessment. This does not preclude conformity assessment activities for manufacturers and economic operators mentioned above or general training activities relating to medical device regulations or related standards that are not client specific.

1.4.

The conformity assessment body’s top level management and its assessment personnel shall be impartial. The remuneration of the top level management and assessment personnel of a conformity assessment body shall not depend on the number or the results of assessments carried out.

1.5.

When a conformity assessment body is owned by a public entity or institution, the Member State shall ensure and document the independence of the conformity assessment body and the absence of any conflict of interests between, on the one hand, the designating authority and/or competent authority and, on the other hand, the conformity assessment body.

1.6.

The conformity assessment body shall ensure and document that the activities of its subsidiaries or subcontractors, or of any associated body, do not affect its independence, impartiality or objectivity in its conformity assessment activities.

1.7.

The requirements of points 1.1 to 1.6 do not preclude exchanges of technical information and regulatory guidance between a body and a manufacturer seeking their conformity assessment.

2.

The second paragraph of Section 2 of Annex XI to Directive 93/42/EEC shall be interpreted as including the following elements:

2.1.

Subcontracting shall be limited to specific tasks. The subcontracting of the auditing of quality management systems or of products related reviews in its entirety is not allowed. The conformity assessment body shall in particular keep internal the review of the qualification and the monitoring of the performance of the external experts, the experts’ assignment to specific conformity assessment activities, and the final review and decision-making functions.

2.2.

Where a conformity assessment body subcontracts specific tasks or consults external experts related to the conformity assessment, it shall have a policy describing the conditions under which subcontracting or the consultation of external experts may take place. Any subcontracting or consultation of external experts shall be properly documented and be subject to a written agreement covering, among others, confidentiality and conflict of interests.

2.3.

The conformity assessment body shall establish procedures for assessing and monitoring the competence of all subcontractors and external experts used.

3.

Sections 3 and 4 of Annex 8 to Directive 90/385/EEC and of Annex XI to Directive 93/42/EEC shall be interpreted as including the following elements:

3.1.

At all times and for each conformity assessment procedure and each kind or category of products in relation to which it has been or wishes to be notified, a conformity assessment body shall have within its organisation the following elements:

(a)

the necessary administrative, technical, clinical and scientific personnel with technical and scientific knowledge and sufficient and appropriate experience relating to medical devices and the corresponding technologies to perform the conformity assessment tasks, including the assessment of clinical data;

(b)

a documented process for the conduct of the conformity assessment procedures for which it is designated (1) taking into account their respective specificities, including legally required consultations, in respect of the different categories of devices covered by the scope of notification, ensuring transparency and the ability of reproduction of those procedures.

3.2.

The conformity assessment body shall have the necessary personnel and shall possess or have access to all equipment and facilities needed to perform properly the technical and administrative tasks entailed in the conformity assessment activities in relation to which it has been notified.

3.3.

The conformity assessment body shall have at its disposal the financial resources required to conduct its conformity assessment activities and related business operations. It shall document and provide evidence of its financial capacity and its sustainable economic viability, taking into account specific circumstances during an initial start-up phase.

3.4.

The conformity assessment body shall have a quality management system in place and operating.

3.5.

The experience and knowledge of the personnel responsible for carrying out conformity assessment activities shall be interpreted as including the following:

(a)

sound scientific, technical and vocational training, in particular in the relevant fields of medicine, pharmacy, engineering or other relevant sciences, covering all the conformity assessment activities in relation to which the body has been notified or wishes to be notified;

(b)

substantial relevant experience covering all the conformity assessment activities in relation to which the body has been notified or wishes to be notified;

(c)

satisfactory knowledge of the requirements of the assessments they carry out and adequate authority to carry out those assessments;

(d)

appropriate knowledge and understanding of the relevant provisions of the medical devices legislation and of the applicable harmonised standards;

(e)

the ability to draw up certificates, records and reports demonstrating that assessments have been carried out.

3.6.

The conformity assessment body shall establish and document qualification criteria and procedures for selection and authorisation of persons involved in conformity assessment activities (knowledge, experience and other competence required) and the required training (initial and ongoing training). The qualification criteria shall address the various functions within the conformity assessment process (e.g. auditing, product evaluation/testing, design dossier/file review, decision-making) as well as the devices, technologies and areas (e.g. biocompatibility, sterilisation, tissues and cells of animal origin, clinical evaluation) covered by the scope of designation.

3.7.

The conformity assessment body shall have procedures in place to ensure that its subsidiaries operate on the basis of the same operating procedures and with the same stringency as its headquarters.

3.8.

Where subcontractors or external experts are used in the context of the conformity assessment, in particular regarding novel, invasive and implantable medical devices or technologies, the conformity assessment body shall have adequate internal competence in each product area for which it is designated to direct the conformity assessment, to verify the appropriateness and validity of expert opinions and make the decision on the certification. The internal competence requested shall cover technological, clinical and auditing aspects.

4.

Sections 6 of Annex 8 to Directive 90/385/EEC and of Annex XI to Directive 93/42/EEC shall be interpreted as including the following elements:

4.1.

The conformity assessment body shall take out appropriate liability insurance corresponding to the conformity assessment activities for which it is notified, including the possible suspension, restriction or withdrawal of certificates, and the geographic scope of its activities, unless liability is assumed by the State under domestic legislation or the Member State itself carries out the inspections directly.

5.

Sections 7 of Annex 8 to Directive 90/385/EEC and of Annex XI to Directive 93/42/EEC shall be interpreted as including the following elements:

5.1.

The conformity assessment body shall ensure that confidentiality of the information which comes into its possession during the performance of the conformity assessment activities is observed by its personnel, committees, subsidiaries, subcontractors or any associated body, except when disclosure is required by law. To this end, it shall have documented procedures in place.

5.2.

The personnel of a conformity assessment body shall observe professional secrecy with regard to all information obtained in carrying out their tasks, except in relation to the designating authorities and the competent authorities or the Commission. Proprietary rights shall be protected. To this end, the conformity assessment body shall have documented procedures in place.


(1)  See Annex II Item 41.


ANNEX II

Application form to be submitted when applying for designation as notified body

Designating authority: …

Name of the applying conformity assessment body: …

Previous name (if applicable): …

EU Notified Body number (if applicable): …

Address: …

Contact person: …

E-mail: …

Telephone: …

Legal form of the conformity assessment body: …

Company registration number: …

At company register: …

The following documents shall be added. In case of extension or renewal, only new or modified documents shall be submitted.

Item/issue

Corresponding Annex I section

Attachment number + Reference

(Section/page)

ORGANISATIONAL AND GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Legal status and organisational structure

1

Company statutes

 

 

2

Extract of company registration or enrolment act (Company register)

 

 

3

Documentation on the activities of the organisation to which the conformity assessment body belongs (if any) and its relationship with the conformity assessment body

 

 

4

Documentation on entities the conformity assessment body owns (if any), either within the Member State or outside, and the relationship with those entities

 

 

5

Description of legal ownership and the legal or natural persons exercising control of the conformity assessment body

 

 

6

Description of organisational structure and the operational management of the conformity assessment body

 

 

7

Descriptions of functions, responsibilities and authorities of top-level management

 

 

8

List of all staff who have an influence in the conformity assessment activities

 

 

9

Documentation on other services provided by the conformity assessment body (if any) (e.g. consultancy relevant to devices, training etc.)

 

 

10

Documentation on accreditation(s) relevant to this application

 

 

Independence and impartiality

11

Documentation on structures, policies and procedures to safeguard and promote the principles of impartiality throughout the organisation, personnel and assessment activities, including ethical rules or codes of conduct

 

 

12

Description of how the conformity assessment body ensures that the activities of subsidiaries, subcontractors and external experts do not affect its independence, impartiality or objectivity

 

 

13

Documentation on the impartiality of the top-level management and personnel involved in conformity assessment activities, including their remuneration and bonuses

 

 

14

Documentation on conflict of interest and resolution of potential conflict procedure/form

 

 

15

Description of independence of the conformity assessment body from the designating authority and from the competent authority, in particular when this body is a public entity/institution

 

 

Confidentiality

16

Documentation on professional secrecy procedure including protection of proprietary data

 

 

Liability

17

Documentation of the liability insurance, proof that the liability insurance covers cases where the notified body may be obliged to withdraw or suspend certificates

 

 

Financial resources

18

Documentation of the financial resources required to conduct the conformity assessment activities, related operations, including the ongoing commitments for certificates issued to demonstrate the continuing viability of the notified body and consistency with the range of products certified

 

 

Quality system

19

Quality Manual and a list of related documentation on the implementation, maintenance and operation of a quality management system, including policies for assignment of personnel to activities and their responsibilities

 

 

20

Documentation on the procedure(s) for control of documents

 

 

21

Documentation on the procedure(s) for control of records

 

 

22

Documentation on the procedure(s) for management review

 

 

23

Documentation on the procedure(s) for internal audits

 

 

24

Documentation on the procedure(s) for corrective and preventive actions

 

 

25

Documentation on the procedure(s) for complaints and appeals

 

 

Resource requirements

General

26

Description of own laboratories and testing facilities

 

 

27

Employment contracts and other agreements with internal personnel, in particular in relation to impartiality, independence, conflict of interest (attach a standard contract template)

 

 

28

Contracts and other agreements with subcontractors and external experts, in particular for impartiality, independence, conflict of interest (attach a standard contract template)

 

 

Qualification and authorisation of personnel

29

List of all permanent and temporary personnel (technical, administrative etc.) including information on professional qualification, past experience and the types of contracts held

 

 

30

List of all external personnel (e.g. external experts, external auditors) including information on professional qualification, past experience and on the types of contracts held

 

 

31

Qualification matrix linking the body's staff and its external experts to the functions to be accomplished by them and to the fields of competence for which the body has been notified or wishes to be notified

 

 

32

Qualification criteria for the different functions (see point 31)

 

 

33

Documentation on the procedure(s) for selection and assignment of internal or external personnel involved in the conformity assessment activities, including conditions for the attribution of tasks to external personnel and the supervision of their expertise

 

 

34

Documentation demonstrating that the management of the conformity assessment body has appropriate knowledge to set up and operate a system for:

the selection of the personnel deployed during the conformity assessment,

the verification of the knowledge and experience of this personnel,

the assignment of the personnel to their tasks,

the verification of the performance of the personnel,

the definition and the verification of their initial and ongoing training

 

 

35

Documentation on the procedure assuring ongoing monitoring of competences and performance monitoring

 

 

36

Documentation on standard training programmes conducted by the conformity assessment body relevant to the conformity assessment activities

 

 

Subcontractors

37

List of all subcontractors (not individual external experts) used for conformity assessment activities

 

 

38

Subcontractor policy and procedure

 

 

39

Documentation demonstrating adequate core competence within the conformity assessment body to assess, select, contract, and to verify the appropriateness and validity of subcontractor activities

 

 

40

Examples of standard template contract, prohibiting further subcontracting by legal persons and specifically including provisions to ensure confidentiality and conflict of interest management with subcontractors (attach examples)

 

 

Process

41

Documentation on procedures relating to conformity assessment activities and other related documents reflecting the scope of conformity assessment activities including, in particular procedures relating to:

Qualification and classification

Quality system assessments

Risk management

Pre-clinical data evaluation

Clinical evaluation

Representative sampling of technical documentation

Post-market clinical follow up

Communications from regulatory authorities including competent authorities and designating authorities

Communication and analysis of the impact of vigilance reports on device certification

Consultation procedures for drug-device combination products, devices utilising animal tissue, devices utilising human blood derivatives

Review and decision making on certificate issuance including approval responsibilities

Review and decision making on certificate suspension, restriction, withdrawal and refusal including approval responsibilities

 

 

42

Checklists, templates, reports and certificates used for the conformity assessment activities

 

 


Name and signature of an authorised representative of the applicant conformity assessment body (unless electronic signature is accepted)

 

Place and date


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