Getting design controls right is absolutely essential for medical device companies

Design Controls are absolutely essential for ensuring the safe and effective production of medical devices. The FDA too considers design Controls a critical process. Yet, design controls are among the most frequently cited areas for 483 and Warning Letter observations from the FDA. Although intrinsic quality, safety, and effectiveness of a device are known to be established during the design phase; a significant percentage of all medical device recalls are due to design problems, as statistics show.

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The implications of poor design of medical devices controls are quite obvious:

  • They account for a significant number of recalls
  • Design issues can result in complaints and medical device reports
  • Design issues can even create manufacturability issues such as low yields and excessive scrap and rework, for companies.

Get an understanding of the solutions and the ways of implementing them

So, the solution to this problem is to find and fix issues early on in the design process. This is a much more effective and inexpensive alternative to fixing problems for products already in production.

The ways of ensuring a trouble-free design control process will be taught at a seminar being organized by GlobalCompliancePanel, a highly regarded provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas.

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The Director at this seminar is Susanne Manz, an accomplished leader in the medical device industry, who emphasizes quality, compliance, and Six Sigma and brings extensive background in quality and compliance for medical devices from new product development, to operations, to post-market activities. Please visit http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900629SEMINAR to enroll for this seminar.

A valuable all-round learning session

Susanne will help participants understand and develop design controls processes and tools that are compliant with the regulatory requirements and are a competitive strength for their organizations. She will help them learn from past issues and improve their next generations of product.

She will help participants understand the requirements for design controls and how to translate them into an efficient and effective process for their organizations. She will start with the history and requirements for design controls. She will then move on to a discussion of the requirements and tools in detail. This seminar will include exercises to help participants practice and improve their design control process.

The following areas will be covered at this seminar:

  • Expectations
  • Regulations
  • Process
  • Lessons Learned
  • Myths
  • Challenges
  • Best Practices
  • Inspection Readiness.

Comprehensive risk management is a must for medical device software

Diligent, complete and correct implementation of risk management of software used in medical devices that takes into consideration the gaps and corrects them from the start of product development is absolutely imperative. This is because of two critical reasons:

  1. Gaps, incorrect or incomplete implementation can retard or delay or make the certification/approval of medical products impossible;
  2. Since most activities are closely linked to the development lifecycle; almost none of it can be retrospectively performed. This renders all activities performed till the identification of gaps useless and redundant; making it necessary to start from the beginning, no matter at what stage an anomaly is discovered.

Embedding software risk management into the bigger scope of overall risk management is the way forward if these fiascos have to be avoided.

Risk Management Shows Identifying, Evaluating And Treating Risks

Learn the ways of doing it right from start till finish

The proper ways of how to take all the necessary steps for designing, implementing and testing critical medical device software in a regulatory compliant environment will be the learning a two-day, live seminar being organized by GlobalCompliancePanel, a very respected provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas will impart.

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Markus Weber, Principal Consultant with System Safety, Inc., who specializes in safety engineering and risk management for critical medical devices, will be the course Director. To participate in this very important seminar, please log on to http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900683SEMINAR.

In line with globally applicable standard requirements

International consensus, reflected in globally applicable standard requirements such as ISO14971 and IEC62304, has led to risk management being a mandatory component of almost any activity in the medical device industry. This course will explain these requirements.

Given that software risk management has to be embedded into the bigger scope of overall risk management; Markus will introduce all the steps necessary to design, implement and test critical medical device software in a regulatory compliant environment while adhering to the principles of risk management. In addition, he will also address the system level risk management and the resulting interfaces to software.

Understanding safety assurance cases

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

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This seminar will use real-life examples and proven tips and tricks to make the application of risk management a practical and beneficial undertaking. It will address the system level issues of risk management as well as the increasingly important software related issues of critical systems. The concept of an assurance case will be introduced to make the combined effort towards designing, implementing and verifying a safe device transparent. The outcome of this learning is that it will help to comply with regulatory requirements with minimized overhead and resource burden.