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Friday 24 April 2015

Updates to good old IEC 62304

Georg Heidenreich, one of the author of the Frequently Asked Questions on IEC 62304 published on the Team NB website, posted two weeks ago an article about the upcoming updates in the first amendment of IEC 62304.

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Friday 20 March 2015

When the FDA releases guidances in burst mode

If you watch from time to time the new guidances released by the FDA, you probably noticed that two guidances about software were released in january and february 2015.

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Wednesday 4 March 2015

ISO 13485 201X DIS2

The DIS2 (2nd draft version) of the next ISO 13485 was released in february.
It is published for comments on BSI draft review system website. Go to this website and search for 13485 to have a look at this draft.

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Friday 30 January 2015

IEC/FDIS 62366-1 released in November 2014 - part 2

To continue with the last article about FDIS IEC 62366-1 standard, let's see now the consequences of this standard on software design.

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Friday 9 January 2015

IEC/FDIS 62366-1 released in November 2014

The FDIS (final draft version) of IEC 62366-1 was released in November 2014. This version, also known as IEC 62366 2nd edition, is on the right track to be officially released in Q1 2015. It will supersede the IEC 62366:2007 + Amendment 1:2014.

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Happy new year 2015

Happy New Year 2015!!!

Provence Winter

Friday 12 December 2014

NBOG’s Best Practice Guide 2014-3: all you wanted to know about reporting software design changes

When should a manufacturer report devices changes or QMS changes to notified bodies, according to the 93/42/CE directive?
There hasn't been clear criteria, until the Notified Bodies Operating Group (NBOG) published the Best Practice Guide 2014-3 : Guidance for manufacturers and Notified Bodies on reporting of Design Changes and Changes of the Quality System.

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Friday 21 November 2014

Analysis of the FDA Cybersecurity Guidance

At last! The FDA has published last October a guidance about cybersecurity that matters!
Not that the guidance previously published about Off-the-shelf software cybersecurity wasn’t worth reading it (Guidance to Industry: Cybersecurity for Networked Medical Devices Containing Off-the-Shelf Software), but its scope was more than reduced.

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Friday 31 October 2014

Content of DHF, DMR and DHR for medical device software - Part 3 DHR

We continue this series about DHF, DMR and DHR, with the Device History Record.

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Friday 17 October 2014

Content of DHF, DMR and DHR for medical device software - Part 2 DMR

We continue this series about DHF, DMR and DHR, with the Device Master Record.

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Friday 3 October 2014

Content of DHF, DMR and DHR for medical device software - Part 1 DHF

After a temporary absence, I'm back on the waves with a new series of articles to talk about the files required by the 21 CFR 820 regulations:

  • DHF: Design History File,
  • DMR: Device Master Record,
  • DHR: Device History Record.

Let's begin with the DHF.

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Friday 22 August 2014

When the next versions of IEC 62304 and IEC 62366 will be released?

Continuing with the schedule of the ISO TC 210 committee, let's see when the next versions of IEC 62304 and IEC 62366 will be released.

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Friday 8 August 2014

Next version of ISO 13485 postponed to 2016

Thanks to elsmar cove website, we know that the publication of the next version of ISO 13485 is postponed to 2016.
EDIT: elsmar cove forums is dead, see RIP elsmar cove.

Bye bye ISO 13485:2015,
Welcome ISO 13485:2016!

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Sunday 3 August 2014

New theme


If you follow regularly this blog, you noticed that there was not much new the last three weeks.
I had other commitments and took my remaining time to do a bit of admin on this blog to make it clean and up-to-date.
I've also changed the theme!
If you like it or not, you're welcomed to add a comment below.

I use a simple and free filter to discard junk comments. There are too many remaining junk comments so all comments are moderated. Then I publish manually those that are from real humans!
If you leave a comment, you'll need a bit time until a publish it. I apologize for the delay.

Friday 11 July 2014

New FDA Draft Guidance on MDDS

The FDA released on june 20th 2014 a new draft guidance about:

  • Medical Devices Data Systems (MDDS) subject to 21 CFR 880.6310,
  • Medical image storage devices subject to 21 CFR 892.2010, and
  • Medical image communications devices subject to 21 CFR 892.2020.

Link to FDA MDDS draft guidance: EDIT - draft guidance superseded by final guidance, see this post

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Friday 27 June 2014

ISO/DIS 13485:2014 strengthens requirements about software - Part 2

Continuing with ISO/DIS 13485:2014, after having made an overview of software-related changes in the last article, let's focus on the new clause #4.1.6.

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Friday 13 June 2014

ISO/DIS 13485:2014 strengthens requirements about software - Part 1

ISO/DIS 13485:2014 is the draft of the next version of ISO 13485. The final version should be published in 2015.
This new version brings a lot of new requirements for management of software related to medical devices. Let's see what's inside this draft!

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Monday 26 May 2014

IMDRF consultation: Software as a Medical Device

After MHRA's guidance on standalone software, we continue with another official document published by the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF): the consultation on software as a medical device: Possible Framework for Risk Categorization and Corresponding Controls.

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Monday 12 May 2014

MHRA guidance about standalone software

MHRA, the regulatory authority of the UK, published in march a guidance on medical device standalone software.
This guidance is a prime source of information about software in medical devices in the European Union. It gathers all existing information about the way medical device software is regulated in the EU.

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Friday 25 April 2014

Template repository updated: Software Development Tool Validation Plan

Here is a new template: the Software Development Tool Validation Plan.

It is made for validation of software development tools, as seen in the previous series of posts.

It is very similar to the all-in-one template but with a major difference: it contains sections and comments to help validating software not internally developed, like software bought to a vendor or open-source software.

It doesn't contain the risk management data. They shall remain in the dedicated templates: Risk management plan and Risk analysis report.

More templates on my templates repository page.

Please, feel free to give me feedback on my e-mail

I share this template with the conditions of CC-BY-NC-ND license.

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