Risk Management Seminar for Applying ISO14971 and IEC62304

 

Course “Applying ISO14971 and IEC62304 – A guide to practical Risk Management” has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

Overview:

Gaps, incorrect or incomplete implementation of safety functionality can delay or make the certification/approval of medical products impossible. Most activities cannot be retroactively performed since they are closely linked into the development lifecycle. Diligent, complete and correct implementation of risk management from the start of product development is therefore imperative. This course will introduce all necessary steps to design, implement and test critical medical devices in a regulatory compliant environment. This course will additionally address the software risk management and the resulting interfaces to device level risk management.

To comprehensively summarize all risk related activities and to demonstrate the safe properties of a device the ‘Safety Case’ or ‘Assurance Case’ document is a well-established method to collect all safety related information together in one place. This documentation will most likely become mandatory for all devices (currently only required for FDA infusion pump submissions). This course will introduce the basic concepts and content of safety assurance cases and will illustrate the usefulness for internal and external review of safety related information.

Who Will Benefit:

The course will introduce the main elements of risk management with emphasis on the application of risk management principles and requirements to the medical device development cycle. Risk management has become the method of choice to ensure an effective and safety oriented device development. International consensus, reflected in globally applicable standard requirements, has led to risk management being a mandatory component of almost any activity in the medical device industry.

The course will emphasize the implementation of risk management into the development and maintenance process. It will use real-life examples and proven tips and tricks to make the application of risk management a practical and beneficial undertaking. This seminar will address the system level issues of risk management as well as the increasingly important software and usability related issues of critical systems. It will help to comply with regulatory requirements with minimized overhead and resource burden. To make the combines effort to design, implement and verify a safe device transparent the concept of an assurance case will be introduced.

The course is mainly based on international consensus requirements such as ISO14971, IEC62366 and IEC62304. It will cover European (MDD), US (FDA) and international risk management requirements from a regulatory and practitioner’s perspective.

Following personnel will benefit from the course:

  • Senior quality managers
  • Quality professionals
  • Regulatory professionals
  • Compliance professionals
  • Project managers
  • Design engineers
  • Software engineers
  • Process owners
  • Quality engineers
  • Quality auditors
  • Medical affairs
  • Legal Professionals

Agenda:

Day 1 Schedule:

 

Lecture 1: Introduction into Risk Management and Quality System Integration

  • Why risk management?
    • Historical perspective
    • International regulatory / statutory requirements
  • Risk Management Lifecycle and stakeholders
    • Over-reaching concept
    • Integration into ISO13485
    • Lifecycle steps
  • Risk Management Benefits
    • Liability issues
    • Streamlining product development
    • Improving product safety and quality
  • How to Implement Risk Management into ISO13485
    • SOP framework
    • Planning and execution
    • Monitoring and control

Lecture 2: Risk Management to ISO 14971:2012

    • Risk Management Planning
    • Risk Management Life Cycle
    • Hazard Identification
      • Hazard Domains
      • Hazard Latency Issues
      • Risk Rating Methods
    • Initial (unmitigated) Risk Assessment
    • Mitigation Strategies and Priorities
    • Mitigation Architectures
      • Alarm Systems as Mitigations
      • Risk Control Bundles
    • Post Mitigation Risk
    • Residual Risk
      • Safety Integrity Levels
    • European special requirements (Z-Annexes)
    • Safety Requirements
    • Hazard Mitigation Traceability
    • Verification Planning
    • Architectures, Redundancy and Diversity
    • Failure Mode and Effect Analysis
    • Tips and Tricks
    • Q&A

Day 2 Schedule:

 

Lecture 1: Usability and Risk Management

  • Use errors as hazard source
  • User intervention as hazard mitigation
  • Usability engineering lifecycle
  • Application specification
  • Usability Specification
  • Frequently used functions / primary operating functions
  • Usability verification / validation
  • Upcoming changes IEC62366:2014

Lecture 2: Software Risk Management (IEC62304 / FDA software reviewers’ guidance):

  • Critical Software Issues
  • Software Hazard Mitigation Strategies
  • Software Item, Unit and System Definition
  • Software Failures as Hazard Sources
  • Software Requirements and Design Specification
  • Software Tools and Development Environment

Lecture 3: Software Risk Management (IEC62304 / FDA software reviewers’ guidance):

  • Software Unit and Integration Testing
  • Real-Time System Challenges
  • Software Verification and Validation
  • Mitigation Traceability and Effectiveness
  • Software Maintenance and Configuration Control
  • Software Risk Management Process integration into ISO14971
  • Legacy Software issues
  • FDA documentation requirements
  • Upcoming changes in IEC62304:2014
  • Tips and Tricks

Lecture 4: Safety / Assurance case

  • Safety classes
    • Basic Safety / Environment
    • Essential performance
  • Documentation of Basic Safety
    • Electrical Safety
    • Mechanical Safety
    • EMC / RFI safety
    • Safety margins
  • Documentation of essential performance
    • What is essential performance?
    • Device architectures and mitigation allocation
    • Device specific mitigations
    • Software mitigations
  • External safety
    • User intervention and alarms
    • Organizational measures
    • Levels of protection concept
  • Verification of safety properties
    • Type testing
    • Sample testing
    • Software verification testing
    • Inspections
    • Analyses
  • Assurance case vs. Risk Management Report
    • General safety and hazard avoidance
    • Device / application specific issues
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Q&A

Speaker:

Markus Weber

Principal Consultant, System Safety Inc. 
Markus Weber, Principal Consultant with System Safety, Inc., specializes in safety engineering and risk management for critical medical devices. He graduated from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany with a MS in Electrical Engineering. Before founding System Safety, Inc., he was a software safety engineer for the German approval agency, TUV. Since 1991, Mr. Weber has been a leading consultant to the medical device industry on safety and regulatory compliance issues, specifically for active and software-controlled devices. In conjunction with the FDA, he has published works on risk management issues and software-related risk mitigations. Mr. Weber has helped multiple companies, from startups to Fortune 500 firms.

Location: Zurich, Switzerland Date: May 18th & 19th, 2017 and Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

 

Venue: Hilton Zurich Airport

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ISO 14971: 2012 and IEC 62304: 2006 mitigate risks in medical device software

ISO 14971:2012 and IEC 62304:2006 are related but different global standards for risk management pertaining to software used in medical devices. Judicious application of these two standards is the way to go for medical device companies.

ISO 14971 and IEC 62304:2006 are global standards that govern risk management and lay out regulations and guidelines for software used in medical devices. The need for regulation of software in medical devices arises from the fact that software is the heart of a medical device. It is the medical device’s software that ensures that the device performs its intended purposes. Hence regulation is of utmost importance to enable medical device and software organizations facilitate this in their products.

The ISO 14971: 2012 -a brief understanding

  • The primary aim of ISO 14971, the global regulatory compliance standard is to ensure that a medical device carries medical safety into it
  • This standard requires medical device manufacturers to undertake steps and measures by which they can foresee and eliminate risks in a medical device in the optimal manner
  • Taking off from the above point, ISO 14971 requires medical devices to take steps to at least mitigate risks to the best extent. The ISO 14971standard prescribes the processes necessary for enabling this.

The ISO 14971’s update in 2012

In 2012, the ISO carried out an update to the application of this standard within the European regulatory framework. This amendment to ISO 14971: 2012 is at the periphery and not at the core. Annex ZA is the main area in which this standard has been updated:

The use of the “As Low as Reasonably Practicable” (ALARP) approach is from now excluded in the risk acceptance process. This standard proscribes labelling as a risk control measure that can play a role in decreasing risk occurrence.

The IEC 62304:2006

The requirements for medical device software’s life cycle are stated in IEC 62304:2006. This standard’s group of activities, processes and tasks creates a common basis for the software life cycle processes in a medical device.

When it comes to the risk management aspect, IEC 62304:2006 supplements and strengthens ISO 14971. If ISO 14971 is the global standard for the development of medical software; IEC 62304:2006 standard is concerned with medical device software and their software lifecycle processes.

The following tripod of software-related issues forms the IEC 62304:2006’s foundation:

These three attributes form the backbone of the test of a medical device company’s successful compliance with the regulatory requirements. For a medical device company to be successful in applying ISO 14971:2012 and IEC 62304:2006; it has to implement a cross-standard and resourceful way of integrating activities covering these requirements documents.

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