DePuy Synthes uses Zwick's DQ/IQ/OQ qualification service

A member of the Johnson&Johnson Group, DePuy Synthes develops and produces instruments, implants and biomaterials for the surgical treatment of bone fractures and for correction and reconstruction of the human skeleton and its soft tissue. For its R&D and QA activities the company uses a Zwick materials testing machine at its Oberdorf, Switzerland, site.

Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EEC and FDA 21 CFR Part 11 regulations require testing systems used in the medical sector to be validated at regular intervals. A key element of the validation of processes in medical engineering and the pharmaceutical industry is the technical inspection of individual systems and instruments.

For the DQ, IQ and OQ stages in the qualification of materials testing systems, Zwick assists customers by providing comprehensive, individually tailored qualification documentation in accordance with GAMP5 and current guidelines, as well as providing support during the actual on-site qualification procedure.

DePuy Synthes has taken advantage of this service for its Zwick testing machine. "Consultation and support by Zwick, together with performance of IQ/OQ on our materials testing machine, have all been delivered to our complete satisfaction. Zwick staff give a highly competent impression and are responsive to the individual needs of their customers," states Roger Leist, Senior Project Manager, Material Science & Testing, at DePuy Synthes in Oberdorf.