[ISO 9001 conformity in research, teaching and rehabilitation]

Biomed Tech (Berl). 1998 Jan-Feb;43(1-2):19-24. doi: 10.1515/bmte.1998.43.1-2.19.
[Article in German]


Quality assurance, in particular in the areas of development and production of medical devices, is one of the tasks of biomedical engineering. The interdisciplinary working group "Functional Rehabilitation and Group Education, Vienna" is committed to the development and implementation of group education models on three levels: (1) direct education/instruction of patients with chronic diseases, (2) university research and teaching, and (3) development of technical aids for rehabilitation and the means for disseminating group education models in rehabilitation and therapy. Major aims were, by generating conformity with ISO 9001 standards, to achieve greater transparency and process optimization with very small resources in university (teaching, research, technical aids) and extra-university (rehabilitation) areas. A secondary aim was the establishment of interdisciplinary (clinical and biomedical) cooperation at university level. In all main areas (research, teaching and group education/instruction), ISO 9001-conformity was achieved by our activities on three methodological levels: (1) description and analysis of processes, (2) use of ISO 9001 standards for evaluating internal processes, and (3) optimization measures. The following article contains relevant elements of the quality manual and quality assurance system, and offers a typical example of innovative cooperation between medicine and medical engineering.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Austria
  • Biomedical Engineering / education
  • Biomedical Engineering / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Rehabilitation / economics
  • Rehabilitation / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Research / legislation & jurisprudence