Why MedAccred Accreditation Matters to Medical Manufacturers

    Posted by Ben Harrison on Apr 24, 2019 9:34:00 AM
    Ben Harrison

    MedAccred_Blog_postRecently, Kaysun earned MedAccred Plastics accreditation. Our commitment to excellence is well documented through other certifications including ISO 13485:2016 and IATF 16949:2016. However, the MedAccred designation puts Kaysun in an elite group of injection molders that can capably and confidently serve the medical industry — assuring medical OEMs of an unparalleled benchmark of production and quality standards.

    To shed some light on MedAccred, Ben Harrison, Kaysun president & CEO, and Quality Manager Ray Dorow shared key insights about what the accreditation process entails, and what it means for our medical OEM partners.

    What is MedAccred?

    MedAccred is a medical device industry-managed supply chain oversight program managed by the Performance Review Institute.

    MedAccred’s top priority is reducing risk to patient safety through:

    • Verifying compliance with critical manufacturing processes
    • Improving the quality and consistency of medical devices

    Earning accreditation is a rigorous process, and only a small fraction of injection molders are awarded the distinction.

    Why did Kaysun choose to pursue MedAccred accreditation?

    The medical industry is evolving rapidly, compelling medical OEMs to stay ahead of its needs without compromising the product quality and performance standards set by companies participating in MedAccred, including Stryker, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronic.

    Injection molders are similarly positioned. Being a value-add to medical manufacturers means leaning into efficiencies that streamline the production process while meeting — and exceeding — the highest expectations for injection molded medical devices and components. Receiving MedAccred accreditation signals Kaysun’s recognized ability to accomplish these goals within the medical market and to translate the production practices into part development for other industries.

    What did the accreditation audit process entail?

    For injection molders producing resin-based complex medical components and devices, MedAccred audits are administered by vetted subject matter experts who apply specific criteria to injection molding, insert molding, overmolding, and other processes. This enables a robust assessment of a molder’s ability to consistently manufacture medical components and devices that conform to the applicable technical specifications, industry standards, and manufacturer requirements.

    In terms of audit specificity, Kaysun was subject to a comprehensive review of procedures, work instructions, training records, and other documentation highlighting the ability of the company to consistently meet customer requirements. Of particular interest to the MedAccred auditors was the 5S lean workplace organization practices, which demonstrates Kaysun’s continued focus on production efficiency and high standards within the organization and on behalf of medical OEMs.

    How do medical OEMs benefit from working with a MedAccred accredited injection molder?

    A custom injection molder that carries the MedAccred credentials is unique in its own right, since so few molders are able to obtain the designation. However, in the larger scope, MedAccred accreditation indicates that the injection molder has proven expertise helping medical manufacturers:

    • Make supplier partner selection and supply chain management more efficient
    • Adhere to stringent process and product requirements
    • Improve product quality and reduce the potential for recalls and warranty claims
    • Reduce overall patient risk and limit OEM litigation/liability exposure

    Medical OEMs turn to Kaysun for design and materials expertise that streamline project timelines and costs. We’re committed to adding value to our medical OEM partnerships at every project phase, as evidenced by our MedAccred accreditation. For more on what to look for in a quality injection molding partner, read The Ultimate Guide to Medical Parts Manufacturer Selection. Click the button below to access your copy now.

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    Topics: Medical