Guidelines For Selecting A Medical Device Contract Manufacturer

By Keith Calvert, Director Development Engineering, Contract Manufacturing West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.


Twenty years ago, many pharmaceutical and medical device companies viewed device contract manufacturers (DCM) as vendors or suppliers. The relationships were purely transactional. Pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies were somewhat reluctant to outsource higher risk, more complex device assemblies. Today, they are looking for ways to reduce internal resources and expect more ownership of the supply chain, which means contract manufacturers are now providing additional services including drug handling, cold chain storage, sterilization, analytical testing and final packaging.

Collaborating with the right DCM early on, in the process can have many benefits, including risk mitigation, innovative strategies and a faster speed-to-market.

Selecting an experienced device contract manufacturer is an important decision that may impact a drug product’s ultimate success, so a methodical risk-based approach should be taken. Consider these guidelines when evaluating potential device contract manufacturers to choose one that will be the best fit for your company.

access the Article!

Get unlimited access to:

Trend and Thought Leadership Articles
Case Studies & White Papers
Extensive Product Database
Members-Only Premium Content
Welcome Back! Please Log In to Continue. X

Enter your credentials below to log in. Not yet a member of Med Device Online? Subscribe today.

Subscribe to Med Device Online X

Please enter your email address and create a password to access the full content, Or log in to your account to continue.


Subscribe to Med Device Online

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.