Tuesday 26 March 2019
By Mitch on Tuesday 26 March 2019, 16:21
To be software as a medical device or not to be.
That is the question.
And you rely on Competent Authorities to determine whether software is a medical device or not.
For example, you have some practical examples on the ANSM website (google translate is my Friend): here is the lastest version.
And you wish you had a way to be noticed by the ANSM when the page changes. Hell no, no way.
Especially you wish you had been noticed when the ANSM change their mind on telesurveillance software: here is the previous version on archive.org if you want to compare with the latest.
Before: examples showing that communicating data, like tele follow-up is not a MD, with the invocation of expert function (found in MEDDEV 2.1/6 only for qualification of IVD, not MD) to exclude software without such function.
After: examples showing that tele surveillance is a MD (exit the expert function).
Arrgghh, This isn't Good Regulatory Practice.
Thursday 24 January 2019
By Mitch on Thursday 24 January 2019, 12:50
Friday 19 January 2018
By Mitch on Friday 19 January 2018, 14:15
Here is a quick follow-up of the new version of the FDA Guidance titled Medical Device Accessories – Describing Accessories and Classification Pathways, published in December 2017. This comes a bit in parallel to the Section 3060 guidance described in the previous post on the 21st Century Cures Act.
Friday 12 January 2018
By Mitch on Friday 12 January 2018, 15:00
Since the last blog post on US FDA guidance on software classification, things evolved quickly with the FDA. We know where they want to go with software as medical device, but not exactly how they will implement it.
Let's do a review of what has been done since the publication of the 21st Century Cures Act.
Monday 3 July 2017
By Mitch on Monday 3 July 2017, 14:06
We continue this series of posts on cybersecurity with some comments on impacts of cybersecurity on the software development documentation.
Saturday 6 May 2017
By Mitch on Saturday 6 May 2017, 10:59
The Medical Device Regulation and In-Vitro Device Regulation have been published the 5th May 2017!
See the Official Journal of the EU.
Friday 10 February 2017
By Mitch on Friday 10 February 2017, 14:20
By Mitch on Friday 10 February 2017, 14:19
Monday 24 October 2016
By Mitch on Monday 24 October 2016, 16:50
We begin today a series of posts on cybersecurity in medical devices. Cybersecurity was not a subject before the advent of computerized medical devices. Now that every manufacturer wants its connected medical device, cybersecurity matters!
Let's start with the regulations.
Friday 2 September 2016
By Mitch on Friday 2 September 2016, 13:27
We've seen in the previous article the revolution in the regulatory classification brought by the new rule 10a for standalone software.
Let's see now the other changes. These changes are relevant for all software: standalone, embedded, device or accessory.
They're not as big as the new rule 10a, but they will deserve a significant amount of man-hours and documentation.
Friday 19 August 2016
By Mitch on Friday 19 August 2016, 13:48
The FDA released three new FDA guidances in July 2016:
- Two draft guidances on Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Change to an Existing Device,
- The final guidance on General Wellness: Policy for Low Risk Devices.
Wednesday 10 August 2016
By Mitch on Wednesday 10 August 2016, 10:09
A new version of the MEDDEV 2.1/6 was published in July 2016.
The first version of 2012 was a major breakthrough. The new version won't change you life. Almost nothing new, excepted a few definitions on software, input data, output data, a remarkable reference to IMDRF definitions, and a non-significant update of the first decision tree.
Add to that a few typos, and you have the new version of the MEDDEV:
- "lossless compression" disappeared from the decision tree (was it intentional?) but is still present in the explanations of decision step 3,
- Decision step 7 doesn't have any explanation.
MEDDEV for nothing ♫ and tips for free ♬.
Friday 22 July 2016
By Mitch on Friday 22 July 2016, 13:28
The final version of the negotiated text of the new Medical Device Regulation (MDR) was published by the European Commission in June 2016. It is a big upheaval for all medical device manufacturers. Contrary to what the draft version of September 2015 contained, software is invited to the party.
Wednesday 17 February 2016
By Mitch on Wednesday 17 February 2016, 10:13
Warning: obsolete content. Please read: Is my software in class I, IIa, IIb or III.
Last update on 2016/07/31.
The British Standard Institute published in February 2016 a white paper titled How to prepare for and implement the upcoming MDR – Dos and don’ts. Register on BSI website to download the paper.
This white paper gives top-notch recommendations on the way to compliance with the future EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR), based on the draft version. But their interpretation of MDR classification rules on standalone software are somewhat surprising.
Friday 5 February 2016
By Mitch on Friday 5 February 2016, 13:45
Friday 29 January 2016
By Mitch on Friday 29 January 2016, 14:30
The FDA released one week ago a new draft guidance on Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices.
This guidance is the sister of the guidance on Content of Premarket Submissions for Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices released in 2014. Both guidances address cybersecurity at different steps of software lifecycle: the 2014 guidance is about cybersecurity during design and development, the 2016 draft guidance is about cybersecurity during post-market surveillance.
Friday 28 August 2015
By Mitch on Friday 28 August 2015, 12:54
We continue this series on validation of software used in production and QMS with the Validation Protocol and Reports.
Friday 24 July 2015
By Mitch on Friday 24 July 2015, 11:57
We continue this series on validation of software used in production and QMS with the Validation Master Plan (VMP).
Better than endless explanations, I added a Validation Master Plan template to my templates repository page.
Friday 15 May 2015
By Mitch on Friday 15 May 2015, 15:34
The International Medical Device Regulators Forum opened a consultation on a draft document about the application of Quality Management System for Software as a Medical Device (SaMD).
The consultation was opened in march and will be closed the 1st of June.
Friday 20 March 2015
By Mitch on Friday 20 March 2015, 17:03
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.