Conformity Assessment Bodies

Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) verify with manufacturers the compliance of medical devices with the legal requirements. They carry out so-called conformity assessment procedures for all devices classified outside the lowest risk classification. Once the procedure has been successfully concluded, the relevant manufacturer is issued with the appropriate EC certificate empowering it to conformingly place its devices on the market.

Swissmedic is the designating authority (“DA”) for Swiss CABs for medical devices. Swissmedic conducts inspections for designation, renewal of designation and surveillance of Swiss CABs according to defined procedures. Furthermore, assessment and surveillance activities encompass the review of the CAB’s documentation, sampling of conformity assessment procedures conducted by the CAB and observed audits. Information concerning the designation and surveillance of Swiss CABs is published in Swissmedic’s annual report. 

Legal basis:

Specific competencies of the individual bodies are listed according to medical device groups. These can be found:

  • for Swiss bodies:

  • for Swiss and foreign bodies:

An international agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the European Union (MRA, SR 0.946.526.81) regulates the mutual recognition of conformity assessments. As a result, the working methods of the CABs and the competent authorities in Switzerland can be equated with those in the EU member states. Corresponding requirements and procedures are specified in guidelines and directives issued by the Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) and the EU Notified Bodies Operation Group (NBOG). They are published here:

The EU has assembled fundamental ideas on conformity assessments in a guide to the implementation of product rules in the EU, which can be found here: