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How to Choose the Right Supplier of Healthcare Products

 

There are so many suppliers of professional and personal healthcare products, that choosing the right one can often be a minefield for users and procurement teams. How can you be sure that the products are fit for purpose, will perform effectively, comply with appropriate regulations, will be available when required and will represent value for money? To help, Robinson Healthcare suggests this handy checklist to remind customers of what to look for and ask of potential suppliers.

Robinson Healthcare meets and complies with every item on the checklist!

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 Checklist For All Products

Robinson Healthcare

Other Supplier

Is the supplier manufacturing the products in the UK to maintain control of quality and supply?

Yes


Are you able to visit the manufacturing facility to assess the supplier’s capabilities and the quality of the manufacturing processes?

Yes


Can the supplier demonstrate a track record of manufacturing quality products and offer for you to speak to existing customers for their opinion?

Yes


Does the supplier have significant stocks of finished goods to ensure an uninterrupted supply of products?

Yes


Does the supplier have significant stocks of raw material as a contingency against supply delays, to ensure continued production of finished goods?

Yes


Is the supplier certified to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 – Quality Management System?

Yes


Is the supplier certified to BS EN ISO 14001:2004 – Environmental Management System?

Yes


Are you able to verify the certification by copy of the certificate and checking the status with the issuing body?

Yes


Is the manufacturing facility operated in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)?

Yes


Is the supplier independently audited to a recognised Ethical Employment and Trading Standard?

Yes

 

 Checklist For Medical Devices



Do all medical devices carry a CE mark in compliance with the Medical Devices Directive 93/42 EEC?

Yes


Does the supplier hold certificates of conformity assessment for the required Annexes of the MDD?

Yes


For sterile products, does the supplier hold Annex V Production Quality Assurance certification?

Yes


Does the supplier use an authorised Notified Body for certification?

Yes


Are you able to verify the certification by copy of the certificate and checking the status with the Notified Body?

Yes


Can the supplier demonstrate that products are manufactured in accordance with British, European or ISO standards as appropriate, or alternatively the British or European Pharmacopoeia?

Yes


Are all products AQL inspected, hygienically packaged in a Class 7 Cleanroom and sterilised (if appropriate) in the UK to maintain control of quality and supply?

Yes


Does the supplier have a cleanroom validated and operated to BS EN ISO 14644-1:1999 for the hygienic manufacturing or packaging of sterile products?

Yes


Is the supplier certified to BS EN ISO 13485:2003 – Medical Devices Quality Management System?

Yes


Can the supplier demonstrate that they operate a post market surveillance system?

Yes


 Checklist For Consumer Products



Is the supplier certified to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Consumer Products?

Yes


Can compliance with the Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EC be demonstrated for skin cleansing products?

Yes


Do first aid products that are captured by the Medical Devices Directive (sterile or medicated plasters, bandages and dressings) comply with the Directive, carry the CE mark and have the appropriate certificates of conformity assessment issued by a Notified Body?

Yes

 

 

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