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It’s nice to have medical device FDA regulations and guidance accessible without navigating through old websites or lugging printed copies around. Thankfully, SoftwareCPR’s free iOs and Android apps allow you to quickly view medical device regulations and guidance on your smartphone offline! As medical device consultants, we know from experience how important it is to...
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Here are some quick links to websites that list the harmonised standards for the different directives.
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Health Canada issued a draft guidance document titled, “Pre-market Requirements for Medical Device Cybersecurity.” Section 1.1 states: “Health Canada considers the inclusion of cybersecurity measures an important consideration in issuing medical device licenses. Therefore, this guidance document provides medical device manufacturers advice on the practices, responses and mitigation measures which can improve the cybersecurity of...
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a forthcoming public advisory committee meeting of the Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (the Committee). The general function of the Committee is to provide advice to the Commissioner, or designee, on complex issues relating to medical devices, the regulation of devices, and their use by patients. The meeting...
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The Australian medical device regulatory division TGA has release a new online tool to assist manufacturers with classifying their products.  The SME Assist tool “is a dedicated service that TGA offers to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs), researchers, start-ups and those unfamiliar with regulation to understand their regulatory and legislative obligations.”
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Medical devices within the EU are currently regulated by three Directives: Council Directive 90/385/EEC on Active Implantable Medical Devices (AIMDD) (1990) Council Directive 93/42/EEC on Medical Devices (MDD) (1993) Council Directive 98/79/EC on in vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (IVDMD) (1998)
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Want a free Android app as a quick reference to the regulations? Paul Felten of SoftwareCPR has developed a new app just for that purpose. You can find it by searching for “SoftwareCPR” in the Google Play store!  Google Play – SoftwareCPR app
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The EU has proposed a new regulation on cybersecurity.  While this regulation is not specific to the health sector, health is mentioned as critical infrastructure in the proposal. The proposal would provide a revised mandate, objectives, and tasks for ENISA, the “EU Cybersecurity Agency.”  The new tasks include: Facilitating the establishment and take-up of European...
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The EU MDR of April, 5, 2017 is at the link below.  Clause (19) states: “It is necessary to clarify that software in its own right, when specifically intended by the manufacturer to be used for one or more of the medical purposes set out in the definition of a medical device, qualifies as a...
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View the english version of the China FDA (CFDA) website.  Formerly the State FDA (SFDA), the CFDA is promoting use of 62304 for medical device software and essentially ISO/IEC 14764 for IT maintenance.  It is also actively expanding its requirements related to cybersecurity of networked devices.
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The European Union has published a Directive concerning measures for a high common level of security of network and information systems across the Union.  The directive does not impose any new requirements on manufacturers that are not operators of essential services or digital services. Instead, it relies on existing rules on product liability. EU Network...
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This agreement includes a number of clarifications to the EU Medical Device Regulations.  The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee of the European Parliament and Council’s Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) voted to endorse the trilogue agreement on June 15.  The text of the draft MDR is at the link provided.  The text...
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See the item on the MDR Trilogue Agreement for further explanation.  The text for the IVD draft is a the link provided here: EU IVDR.
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A new International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) document was finalized.  It is Software as a Medical Device (SaMD): Application of Quality Management System.  The objective of the document is to provide guidance on the application of existing standardized and generally accepted QMS practices to SaMD. View the document at this link:  imdrf-tech-151002-samd-qms
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In August 2014, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Authority (TGA) gave a presentation on its approach to software regulation of medical devices.  This is a short and very clear high level presentation that explains the TGA’s focus and use of relevant standards such as 62304 as well as its focus on safety and risk management. View...
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Link updated December 2018. In November 2014, Health Canada began requiring electronic submissions of license applications for Class III and Class IV medical Devices entitled: “Guidance for Industry: Formatting of Class III and Class IV Licence Applications (Electronic and Paper Formats)” File # 14-112992-741. Certain types of CDs and DVDs are specified along with information...
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The International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) in which FDA participates continues to publish many documents including several related to software.
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The IMDRF issued “Software as a Medical Device: Possible Framework for Risk Categorization and Corresponding Considerations.” This guidance provides terminology and possible framework for the industry and regulators to work from in discussing and dealing with risk related to standalone software used as a medical device.
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This white paper provides an update of the proposed revisions to EU medical device regulation as of April 2014. BSI WP EU Regulations
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This white paper provides an update of the proposed revisions to EU medical device regulation as of April 2014. Green Paper on Mobile Health
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The EU Commission published “Commission Recommendation of 24 September 2013 on the audits and assessments performed by notified bodies in the field of medical devices.” This clarifies and strengthens the criteria for certifying (and auditing) notified bodies, and the criteria that the notified bodies have to use in assessing companies and products. The main changes...
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HealthCanada released a FAQ sheet answering basic questions about software regulated as a medical device. The document clarifies that software regulated as a medical device is software which retrieves data from a medical device in order to aid or replace a physician’s decision regarding the diagnosis or treatment of a patient. Software that transmits data...
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The Therapeutic Goods Administration of the Australian Department of Health released a document on 13-Sep-2013 entitled “Regulation of medical software and mobile medical ‘apps’.”  This explains at a high level Australia’s approach to regulation of medical software.  It indicates a risk based approach is taken and that all medical devices are expected to meet the...
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FDA CDRH has increased its focus on networked medical devices, Health IT, wireless technologies, and telemedicine.  They have established a web page provide an overview which then has links to pages related to Mobile Medical Apps, Medical Device Data Systems, Home Health and Consumer Device, Health IT, and wireless medical devices.
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A new version of EN 14971 was published and harmonized in the Official Journal of the EU. ISO 14971 now may not ensure compliance with EU essential requirements for medical devices. Specifically, 14971 allows the manufacturer to disregard negligible risks; but all risks must be taken into account and reduced as much as possible to...
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Draft of the revised MDD is at the link provided. The existing Active Implantable Device Directive is incorporated into the new MDD. EU Proposed New MDD
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Draft of the revised IVDD is at the link provided. EU Proposed New IVD
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This content is only available to Premium and higher subscribers.  See our Subscribe page for information on subscriptions. The SFDA prepared a draft document entitled "Explanations on the Basic Requirements of Application for Registration of Medical Device Software" on April 28, 2012, which is linked below. This was initially translated to English by JIRA (Japan Industries Association...
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The European Commission has issued a final guidance on standalone software entitled: “GUIDELINES ON THE QUALIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF STAND ALONE SOFTWARE USED IN HEALTHCARE WITHIN THE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK OF MEDICAL DEVICES.”  Updated in 2015.
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HealthCanada released “Guidance Document for Mandatory Problem Reporting for Medical Devices” on October 3, 2011. Mandatory problem reporting is intended to “improve monitoring and reduce the recurrence of incidents related to medical devices.” A mandatory problem report is required for any incident involving a medical device when the incident “relates to a failure of the...
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The EU Medicinal Products GMP contains an Annex (11) on use of computerized systems. This annex identifies requirements for validation, electronic records, and use of third party software.  In some instances it is more specific than FDA requirements.  The new version at the link provided obsoletes the Dec 1998 version when it becomes effective June...
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Health Canada published a notice entitled “Software Regulated as a Class I or Class II Medical device,” along with a Q&A memo to clarify what software is regulated and which regulations apply. Both documents are included at the link provided. The notice appears to indicate that any software which fits the definition of a medical...
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Attached is a .pdf of a draft guidance from the Chinese medical device regulatory agency (SFDA) that was sent out for comment. SoftwareCPR reviewed and provided a number of comments. It is one of a number of actions by the SFDA indicating movement to more active regulation of medical devices and the software they contain....
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Health Canada now indicates that patient management software fits the definition of a medical device. “Any patient management software used only for archiving or viewing information or images, and not involved in the primary acquisition, manipulation and transfer of data, is considered a Class I medical device based on Rule 12 of the Medical Devices Regulations.”
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The EU parliament released a final revision of the Medical Device Directive (MDD) and Active Implantable Medical Device Directive (AIMDD). It includes a number of additions related to software. These additions and clarifications stress that standalone software can be a medical device but not all software used in healthcare is a medical device. It also...
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The EU is now close to release of a revision of the Medical Device Directive (MDD). The full text with change marks is at the link provided. The MDD has expanded clause 12.1 into an (a) and (b) sub-clause with the latter specifically addressing software and the former being the original 12.1. The text of...
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A presentation of a proposal for EU software regulation at the ISPRA meeting on Medical Device Software May 13, 2003, is at the link provided. Some of the suggestions are based on FDA guidance documents. ISPRA Meeting on SW This presentation was provided by Poul Schmidt-Andersen of Copenhagen Medical Devices, which is an affiliate of SoftwareCPR....
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A white paper at the link provided gives an overview of the status of European Union medical device software regulation and provides suggestions on software validation. Some of the suggestions are based on FDA guidance documents. CMD Swartikel This paper was provided by Poul Schmidt-Andersen of Copenhagen Medical Devices which is an affiliate of SoftwareCPR.
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