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In the world of medical device testing, manufacturers should seek to identify key characteristics that set a high-quality laboratory aside from the rest. A successful medical device testing relationship should be built on trust, quality, and integrity. Some potential consequences for choosing an incapable third-party testing partner include inaccurate results, legal liability, regulatory compliance issues, wasted resources, and more. Most importantly, failure to achieve FDA approval or regulatory approval can lead to timely delays, wasted products, and the loss of business opportunities. 


How to identify a medical device testing partner


While the cost of medical device testing is often a determining factor, it’s essential to consider the cost of quality when selecting a testing partner. Additionally, assessing the laboratory’s ability to deliver testing results within required timelines without compromising quality is an advantage. It is critical not to be misled into unrealistic turnaround times or lower costs that could lead to re-testing and/or delays due to unreliable data driven by a lack of competence in testing. High-quality reliable data you can trust comes with appropriate timelines required to support critical sample preparation, strict quality control measures, and complex analysis.


In addition to cost and turnaround time, be sure to look for the following criteria when choosing a medical device testing laboratory to support your products:


A strong quality system


Quality management systems (QMS) are essential to ensure the reliability of all aspects of testing. From safeguarding the accuracy and confidence of results to the implementation of quality control measures, a strong QMS contributes to greater trust in 3rd party testing. One that has been regularly audited by the FDA is favorable.


Actively participates in standard development


Continued involvement at industry meetings including standard development keeps testing laboratories at the forefront of regulatory science and enables them to help you make the right testing decisions that are compliant and widely accepted. Technical expertise and experience go a long way in the proper support and understanding of the ever-evolving world of standards.


Upholds proper accreditation (ISO 17025)


The first sign of technical competence is accreditation to ISO 17025 which specifies the general requirements to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. Compliance with the FDA’s ASCA program is also desirable in addition to other industry-specific organizations. Accreditation demonstrates 3rd party testing compliance with international standards and ensures the credibility of lab testing services.


Robust regulatory resources


Internal subject matter experts who understand the complexities of globally regulated manufacturers will lead to more successful testing outcomes. Selecting a third-party laboratory that offers in-house expertise in this area can help reduce the regulatory feedback burden.




Reliable and accurate medical device testing results are essential for maintaining customer satisfaction. Since a test report is often the final product provided by a testing laboratory, the overall customer success should be highlighted as critical to the overall success of the laboratory.


By specifically evaluating these factors, you can identify a strong third party testing partner that meets your specific testing needs and standards of quality, reliability, and competence.


About RCA’s Medical Device Consulting Services


The regulatory compliance process surrounding the medical device industry involves strict adherence to pre/post market information throughout a device’s life cycle. Even a single compliance issue you have can turn into a significant effect on your business. Regulatory Compliance Associates can help guide you through any stage of the medical device consulting process, with capabilities during product development through the regulatory clearance/approval of your product.


Our team of over 500 medical device consulting Experts — including former FDA officials and regulatory compliance leaders in the field of medical device regulation — will work with your company to create a quality assurance and regulatory compliance approach tailored to your products and regulatory needs. Regulatory Compliance Associates works with international Fortune 100 companies, venture capital start ups, and companies of all sizes and shapes. Our regulatory compliance solutions for law firms include remediation services for warning letters, FDA 483’s, import bans or consent decrees. Very few regulatory compliance services have the same regulatory compliance expertise in a variety of medical fields.


Medical Device Cybersecurity


For medical device manufacturers, technology can be a double-edged sword. The innovative technologies that elevate the quality of life for patients can also be used to potentially undermine the organization using the device. The consequences can affect the device itself if Regulatory Compliance Associates medtech consultants do not implement good IoT cybersecurity and FDA cybersecurity protocols.


At Regulatory Compliance Associates, we offer a wide variety of medical device cybersecurity services to ensure your product is protected from cyberattacks. With a well-planned design, along with full visibility of product development and the supply chain, Regulatory Compliance Associates medical device consulting Experts can help strengthen your device’s cybersecurity. We partner with medical device companies in each phase of the design cycle. The RCA medical device consultant team understands protecting inputs from threat exposure and hardening outputs for regulatory compliance & FDA submission approval.


  • SaMD Consulting
  • Threat Modeling
  • Proof of Concept
  • Quality Assurance Services
  • TIR 57 & TIR 97
  • ISO 62304
  • ISO 27001


Regulatory Affairs


Regulatory affairs is Regulatory Compliance Associates® backbone. We handle more regulatory consulting submissions in a month than many manufacturers do in a lifetime. Our regulatory compliance consulting Experts have experience working with the FDA, global regulatory bodies and/or agencies, and notified bodies worldwide. Therefore, you can count on us for in-depth and up-to-date insights that increase speed-to-market.


As a trusted regulatory affairs consultant, our FDA veterans and regulatory consulting team represents Regulatory Compliance Associates® as one of the top medical device consulting firms. We’ll help you navigate the medical device consulting difficulties associated with new product submissions. Regulatory Compliance Associates® medical device consulting company has expertise in both the approval process and post-approval support. 


  • New Product Approval
  • Post-Approval Support
  • Outsourced Staffing
  • EU MDR
  • Combination Products


Compliance Assurance


Increasingly, life science companies are feeling the pressure of greater scrutiny by regulators, and responding by developing sustainable compliance strategies. Whether it’s preparing for an audit, developing a response to an FDA finding, or remediation to an adverse event, Regulatory Compliance Associates can help.


Our network of over 500 compliance consulting Experts are industry professionals & FDA, MHRA & EMA veterans. This allows Regulatory Compliance Associates to handle both simple and complex regulatory compliance challenges within medical device consulting scenarios.


  • Gap Assessments
  • Internal Audits
  • Employee Training
  • Notified Body Response
  • Data Integrity


Quality Assurance


Regulatory Compliance Associates is globally known for quality assurance services, including quality system assessments, strategy, implementations, and quality metrics to ensure continuous improvement. Each Regulatory Compliance Associates medical device consultant is a quality expert with experience spanning major corporations and start-ups. RCA’s quality assurance services experts know firsthand how to achieve, maintain, and improve quality, and we excel in transferring this knowledge to your organization.


In the medical devices field, quality assurance (QA) is more than merely ensuring the quality of a finished product. You need the tools to monitor and regulate every process from the design of a new product to continued quality compliance as the device is sent to market. At Regulatory Compliance Associates®, we offer you the quality assurance services you need to monitor these processes and ensure quality compliance every step of the way.


With more than 20 years of experience working with medical device consulting companies, Regulatory Compliance Associates® trusted medical device quality assurance consultant team is fully equipped to handle your unique QA needs.


  • ISO13485 
  • 21 CFR 210
  • 21 CFR 211
  • Outsourced Staffing
  • Facility Validation
  • Equipment Validation
  • Quality Metrics


Remediation Services


Regulatory Compliance Associates® is widely recognized within medical device consulting companies & the life science industry for our remediation services & support. Regulatory Compliance Associates® ability to help companies successfully resolve complex regulatory challenges has a proven track record of success. Our medical device consulting services include significant experience with the development of responses to 483 Observations, Warning Letters, Untitled Letters, and Consent Decrees.


  • Regulatory Action
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Warning Letter
  • 483 Observation
  • Oversight Services


Our value goes beyond the initial response by helping companies successfully execute their action plans, develop an improved compliance culture tailored to the needs of their business, and ultimately move beyond the regulatory action to emerge as a stronger business. We negotiate demands of remediation services with insight and the clear advantage of our medical device consulting expertise. Our deep industry experience makes partnering with Regulatory Compliance Associates®  a competitive differentiator in the remediation services space.


  • Quality System
  • Technical File
  • Design History File
  • Data Integrity
  • cGMP


Strategic Consulting


Whether it’s a strategy, a technical plan, or a project, Regulatory Compliance Associates medical device consultancy can help ensure a successful project. Regulatory Compliance Associates® due diligence consulting can deliver your project on time, and on budget, and you’re never embroiled in a costly mistake. 


Our medical device consulting Experts are industry Experts who are here to provide the unique insight you need before an M&A deal, through a staffing crisis, and in every area of your product’s development and life cycle. As the trusted medical device manufacturing consultants of thousands of companies around the world, we have the knowledge and expertise needed to deliver exceptional results to your business — no matter your size or unique needs.


  • Manufacturing Optimization
  • Product Lifecycle Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Due Diligence
  • Device Vigilance
  • Risk Management Plan
  • Product Complaints
  • Medical Information


About Regulatory Compliance Associates


Medical Device TestingRegulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides medical device consulting to the following industries for resolution of life science challenges:



We understand the complexities of running a life science business and possess areas of expertise that include every facet of R&D, operations, regulatory affairs, quality, and manufacturing. We are used to working on the front lines and thriving in the scrutiny of FDA, Health Canada, MHRA and globally-regulated companies.


As your partners, Regulatory Compliance Associates can negotiate the potential minefield of regulatory compliance and regulatory due diligence with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience.


  • Founded in 2000
  • Headquartered in Wisconsin (USA)
  • Expertise backed by over 500 industry subject matter experts
  • Acquired by Sotera Health in 2021


About Sotera Health


The name Sotera Health was inspired by Soteria, the Greek goddess of safety, and reflects the Company’s unwavering commitment to its mission, Safeguarding Global Health®.


Sotera Health Company, along with its three best-in-class businesses – Sterigenics®Nordion® and Nelson Labs®, is a leading global provider of mission-critical end-to-end sterilization solutions and lab testing and advisory services for the healthcare industry. With a combined tenure across our businesses of nearly 200 years and our industry-recognized scientific and technological expertise, we help to ensure the safety of over 190 million patients and healthcare practitioners around the world every year.


We are a trusted partner to 5,000+ customers in over 50 countries, including 40 of the top 50 medical device companies and 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.


Commitment to Quality


Our Certificate of Registration demonstrates that our Quality Management System meets the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, an internationally recognized standard of quality.



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