From one Medical Device Manufacturer to another, from one Notified Body to a Medical Device Manufacturer or from one Competent Authority to a Medical Device manufacturer, from Standards to Standards or Regulations, the word “Performance” can be used in a wide different way.
In the context of EC type and EC Design examinations, LNE / G-MED provides Medical Device Manufacturers with a list of the elements to be supplied for the CE marking of their medical devices. The list shall specify the content of the Dossiers to be submitted to the Notified Body as part of their conformity assessment. LNE / G-MED update this list and through this webinar, inform Medical Device Manufacturers, of the changes to be taken into account for future dossiers submissions.
On November 1999, the Institute Of Medicine published “To Err Is Human”, a report analyzing the mortality of people in hospitals in the United State (up to 98000 deaths) as a result of medical errors, laying out strategies to “reduce preventable medical errors”. As per this report, medical errors, more commonly “are caused by faulty systems, processes, and conditions that lead people to make mistakes or fail to prevent them.”
An ever increasing number of medical devices are being connected to hospital information networks via various types of connection (4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet). At the same time, more and more cases of issues associated with hacking, piracy and even theft of personal medical data are being reported in the media.
It is therefore appropriate to examine the current regulatory position vis-à-vis connected medical devices.
With the entry into force of the Medical Device (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulations (IVDR) on May the 25th, 2017, new requirements impacting Post Market Surveillance (PMS) have raised interrogations amongst Medical Device Manufacturers.
While a continuous evaluation and improvement of the process is at the very heart of this change, the Regulations introduces more incisive and prescriptive measures based on device risk level for both the MDR and IVDR.
The Post Market Surveillance requirements are pretty similar for both the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and the In-Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) and are located in Chapter 7 of both regulations. Chapter 7 points out to specific Annexes describing more in detail the provisions relating to this topic.