Cardiovascular medical devices such as artificial heart valves, coronary stents, endovascular grafts and angioplasty balloon catheters save countless lives each year and can dramatically improve the quality of life of millions of people. However, the design, development and manufacturing of advanced implantable cardiovascular devices is a complex, time-consuming and investment-intensive process for device manufacturers.
Further, given the greater degree of risk that they pose to patients, cardiovascular devices are also subject to significant review and oversight by medical device regulators in most major jurisdictions. In the EU, for example, implantable cardiovascular devices will soon be expected to meet the more stringent requirements of the new EU medical device regulation (MDR).
For manufacturers of cardiovascular devices, overcoming these and other challenges require both in-depth technical knowledge and extensive regulatory experience. These challenges can be especially daunting for small and medium-sized companies, who constitute the majority of medical device manufacturers.
TÜV SÜD is the world’s largest EU Notified Body for the full scope of medical devices covered by the relevant EU directives and regulations. We are also a leading global management certification body for quality management systems, including management systems applicable to the manufacture of medical devices. We are able to help address the needs of medical device manufacturers seeking to achieve or maintain compliance with medical device requirements in the EU and other major markets around the world.
TÜV SÜD bases its success in the cardiovascular field on the vast technical, clinical and regulatory expertise of the staff. Our experts are dedicated to high risk cardiovascular devices, with expertise ranging from the technical to the clinical aspects and in specific fields covering tissue of animal and human origin, absorbable devices and medicinal substances.
As predictability is paramount for our customers, our team of project managers provide assistance and support on all activities covering conformity assessment, ensuring resources are used efficiently and project timelines are scrupulously met.
TÜV SÜD offers a complete range of testing, certification and auditing services to manufacturers of medical devices, including high risk implantable devices, helping them to manage risks and to protect and promote the health and safety of patients. Our global network of more than 500 dedicated medical health and services professionals include noted scientists and physicians recognised as authorities in their respective fields. These capabilities make TÜV SÜD the preferred single source for worldwide compliance with medical device regulations.
Represented in over 1,000 locations worldwide, TÜV SÜD has an unsurpassed track record of meeting expectations of our client companies. The TÜV SÜD brand and our distinctive blue octagon mark are instantly recognised around the globe as symbols of quality and safety, and will increase customer confidence in your brand.
TÜV SÜD’s services for cardiovascular and other high risk medical devices include:
How to ensure a smooth transition to MDR certification.