Medical Device Regulations & Compliance
Closing The Loop On Risk Management With ISO 14971:2019
Edwin L. Bills, member of ISO TC 210 JWG1, discusses the evolution of risk management standards for medical devices and how ISO 14971:2019's revision (which is also identical to EN ISO 14971:2019) is meant to "close the loop." Based on the extensive changes in Clause 10, all manufacturers of medical devices and in vitro medical devices will need extensive review and possible changes to their production and post-production activities section of their quality systems in order to meet the new requirements.
One common issue with regulatory agencies and certification bodies regarding failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) is that organizations are not utilizing production and postmarket surveillance data to validate the probability of occurrence and probability of detection assumptions, which leads to inspectional observations and audit findings.
Risk-based incident trending for postmarket signal detection is quickly becoming an expectation from most regulatory agencies and EU MDR is one of the first regulations to expressly document this requirement. Jayet Moon concludes his four-part article series on risk-based postmarket surveillance in the age of EU MDR by examining the salient features of a sound risk-based trending process and methodology and discussing what to look for in a trend analysis.
The thread of risk management connects every piece in the quality management system and guides the manufacturer in quality related decision-making throughout the lifecycle of the device. In Part 3 of his article series on risk-based postmarket surveillance (PMS) in the age of EU MDR, Jayet Moon discusses how quality risk management and PMS are natural partners. He also examines the five elements for which the PMS system should be on the lookout.
Jayet Moon continues his four-part series on risk-based postmarket surveillance in the age of the EU Medical Device Regulations (MDR) with Part 2, which delves into the systems approach. Such an approach gives due consideration to process interfaces with other organizational functions and knowledge management. It would not only make compliance to EU MDR easy but also make the organizational processes much more effective and efficient.
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Considerations In Combination Product Risk Management
Drug-device combination products are rapidly increasing in use based upon the numerous benefits they provide. Successful development and commercialization requires demonstration of performance and regulatory compliance. This article is a brief review of a webinar that discussed approaches to achieving both.
Demonstration of fit-for-purpose for a drug-device combination product requires demonstration of system performance that meets regulatory requirements. This article presents a best practice strategy for performance testing. It starts with a thorough understanding of applicable regulations and guidances. Following this, performance risks are identified using failure modes and effects analyses (FMEA) and failure cause mapping analyses. Next, a test plan based on accepted standards is designed and executed, considering highest risk failure modes first.
This article presents a Single Source of Truth (SSOT) solution for all medical device-related information so that all stakeholders have access to relevant information at any time. By controlling information and making it accessible across an organization, teams can focus on quality, accelerate innovation, and improve operational efficiency while ensuring global regulatory compliance.
It is a constant challenge to keep improving product value for customers while reducing overall costs. Part of the solution resides in the functional activities of the risk involved and the cost of quality management. This article delves further into the ideas behind finding the ideal balance of where risk and cost of quality meet.
Given that the experimental design has only two conditions, leaking and non-leaking, this variable is extremely important to understand. Proper use of positive controls and knowledge of how alternative approaches are applied to challenge a test method support the validity and reliability of the method.
Edwards' Self-Expanding Transcatheter Heart Valve Receives CE Mark
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW), the global leader in patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, recently announced it has received CE Mark for its self-expanding CENTERA valve for severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis patients at high risk of open-heart surgery.
Arterys’ Oncology Imaging Suite With Deep Learning Cleared By FDA
Arterys Inc., the leader in intelligent, cloud-based medical imaging software solutions, recently announced its fifth 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Embrace Becomes First FDA-Cleared Seizure-Monitoring Smart Watch
Empatica Inc has received clearance from the FDA for Embrace, its award-winning smart watch. Embrace uses AI (advanced machine learning) to monitor for the most dangerous kinds of seizures, known as "grand mal" or "generalized tonic-clonic" seizures, and send an alert to summon caregivers' help.
FDA Clears Zimmer Biomet’s Total Shoulder Arthroplasty System
Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZBH), a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare, today announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the Sidus® Stem-Free Shoulder system as a total shoulder arthroplasty solution for patients with good bone stock that have either osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthrosis, focal avascular necrosis of the humeral head or who had previous surgeries of the shoulder that do not compromise the fixation.
K2M’s 3D-Printed Expandable Corpectomy Cage With Cervical Spine Indications Gains CE Mark
K2M Group Holdings, Inc.(NASDAQ:KTWO) (the "Company" or "K2M"), a global leader of complex spine and minimally invasive solutions focused on achieving three-dimensional Total Body Balance™, today announced that it received a CE Mark for its CAPRI® Cervical 3D Expandable Corpectomy Cage System* featuring Lamellar 3D Titanium Technology™, and the successful completion of its first surgical case.
First Wire-Free Radar Breast Tumor Localization System For Long-Term Implant Cleared By FDA
Cianna Medical, Inc. has received FDA clearance of the SAVI SCOUT® reflector for long term implant. The SAVI SCOUT reflector is an integral part of the SCOUT system for wire-free breast tumor localization.
CardioFocus’ HeartLight Excalibur Balloon For AF Treatment Earns CE Mark
CardioFocus, Inc. today announced the European CE Mark approval of the HeartLight Excalibur Balloon, a next-generation technology designed for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF).
Acutus Medical’s Real-Time Cardiac Mapping Systems Cleared By FDA
Acutus Medical® today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the AcQMap® High Resolution Imaging and Mapping System and the AcQMap® 3D Imaging and Mapping Catheter for use in patients for whom electrophysiology procedures have been prescribed.
FDA Clears Game Ready’s Multi-Modality Recovery Device
The injury and surgery recovery technology leader, Game Ready®, announced today that the company has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its revolutionary orthopedic rehabilitation device, the Med4 Elite™.
FDA Approves Implantable To Treat Central Sleep Apnea
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new treatment option for patients who have been diagnosed with moderate to severe central sleep apnea.