Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP)
The Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) is designed and developed to cover relevant requirements from the Regulatory Authorities participating in the program.
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Access New Markets
Demonstrate Commitment to Quality
Protect Consumer Safety
What Is It?
The MDSAP model allows recognized Auditing Organizations to conduct a single audit that satisfies compliance requirements and regulatory requirements of participating authorities. This means that the MDSAP audit report can substitute routine agency inspections.
The initial certification audit consists of a Stage 1 and Stage 2 audit.
In the Stage 1 audit, the auditor will review documentation, and evaluate your preparedness for the Stage 2 audit.
The Stage 2 audit determines whether all ISO 13485 and regulatory requirements are met. It evaluates the implementation and effectiveness of your quality management system.
A Re-audit, or Recertification Audit, is conducted every three years to confirm the continued relevance, applicability and suitability of the organisations quality management, and that it meets all applicable requirements.
Re-audits do not require a Stage 1 audit, unless significant changes have occurred since the last audit.
Non-conformities are based off a grade or score ranging from 1-5. This is calculated in a two step grading system.
The first step grades between 1 to 4 based off the indirect or direct impact. The second step adds an additional grade if there is a lack of documented process, and/or a release of a non-conforming medical device.
The five Regulatory Authorities participating in the MDSAP include:
As of January 1, 2019, Health Canada only accepts an MDSAP certificate for Class II, III and IV medical devices. Health Canada has made the MDSAP mandatory for regulatory submission.
The MDSAP can be used as a substitute to an FDA inspection, however it does not apply to “For Cause” or “Compliance Follow-up”inspections.
The TGA can accept the MDSAP report as part of the evidence required for compliance with ISO 13485, and may request additional documents.
If a previous ANVISA inspection is deemed satisfactory, the MDSAP report can be used as an alternative to an ANVISA inspection.
The MDSAP audit report is used as a trial to exempt some manufacturers from on-site inspections.