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In recognition of its compliance with the rigorous requirements for printed circuit board assembly and quality systems established by the Performance Review Institute (PRI) and a consortium of OEM medical device manufacturers, Benchmark Electronics announced that its Minnesota facilities in Rochester and Winona have received MedAccred Printed Circuit Board accreditation. The Benchmark facilities are the first in Minnesota and the second and third facilities in North America to receive this accreditation.
The MedAccred accreditation program, formed in 2010 by the PRI, was designed to reduce risk to patient safety and assure quality products and compliance with requirements as they apply to critical manufacturing processes used in the production of medical devices. Through the oversight of providers, the program addresses many of the challenges posed by today's global, multi-tiered supply chain.
"The MedAccred Printed Circuit Board Assembly accreditation is a testament to our team's experience, dedication and leadership in the medical technology industry, which we have served since 1979," said Paul Tufano, president and CEO, Benchmark. "Our passion for innovation incorporates the latest technologies for our customers while ensuring the most stringent quality and regulatory guidelines."
"The MedAccred program establishes stringent industry-consensus audit criteria that incorporates robust industry standards and OEM requirements," said Joe Pinto, executive vice president and chief operating officer, PRI. "Companies such as Benchmark work hard to obtain this status and they should be justifiably proud of it. Holding an accreditation is irrefutable evidence that a company is operating at the highest level and clearly demonstrates its commitment to both quality and safety."
About Benchmark Electronics, Inc.
Benchmark provides worldwide integrated electronics manufacturing services (EMS), engineering and design services, innovative technology solutions and precision machining services to original equipment manufacturers in the following industries: industrial controls, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, computers and related products for business enterprises, medical devices, and test and instrumentation. Benchmark's global operations include facilities in seven countries, and its common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BHE.
MedAccred is an industry managed supply chain oversight program that reduces risk to patient safety, assures quality products and compliance with requirements as they apply to critical processes used in the production of medical devices. The program is administered by the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute. PRI is a global provider of customer-focused solutions designed to improve process and product quality by adding value, reducing total cost and promoting collaboration among stakeholders in industries where safety and quality are shared goals. PRI works closely with industry to understand their emerging needs and offers customized solutions in response.