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Risk Management in Medical Devices Industry

Jun 22, 2017 - 09:00 AM - Jun 23, 06:00 PM
Embassy Suites By Hilton Boston,

ZIP: 02128
Phone: 1 929 900 1853

Gaps, incorrect or incomplete implementation of software can delay or make the certification/approval of medical products impossible. Most activities cannot be retroactively performed since they are closely linked into the development lifecycle. Diligent, complete and correct implementation of risk management from the start of product development is therefore imperative. This course will introduce all necessary steps to design, implement and test critical medical device software in a regulatory compliant environment. Software risk management has to be embedded into the bigger scope of overall risk management. Therefore this course will additionally address the system level risk management and the resulting interfaces to software.

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

Who Will Benefit:

The course will introduce the main elements of risk management with emphasis on software issues and the application of risk management principles and requirements to the medical device development cycle. Risk management has become the method of choice to ensure an effective and safety oriented device development. International consensus, reflected in globally applicable standard requirements, has led to risk management being a mandatory component of almost any activity in the medical device industry.

The course will emphasize the implementation of risk management into the development and maintenance process. It will use real-life examples and proven tips and tricks to make the application of risk management a practical and beneficial undertaking. This seminar will address the system level issues of risk management as well as the increasingly important software related issues of critical systems. It will help to comply with regulatory requirements with minimized overhead and resource burden. To make the combines effort to design, implement and verify a safe device transparent the concept of an assurance case will be introduced.

The course is mainly based on international consensus requirements such as ISO14971 and IEC62304.

Following personnel will benefit from the course:

  • Senior Quality Managers
  • Quality Professionals
  • Regulatory Professionals
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Project Managers
  • Design Engineers
  • Software Engineers
  • Process Owners
  • Quality Engineers
  • Quality Auditors
  • Medical Affairs
  • Legal Professionals
Please contact the event manager Marilyn below for the following:
- Discounts for registering 5 or more participants.
- If you company requires a price quotation.
- For event ticket, contact +1 929 900 1853
Event Manager Contact: marilyn.b.turner(at)
You can also contact us if you require a visa invitation letter, after ticket purchase.
We can also provide a certificate of completion for this event if required.
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Day 1 Schedule

Lecture 1:
Introduction into Risk Management and Quality System Integration
Why risk management?
Historical perspective
International regulatory / statutory requirements
Risk Management Lifecycle and stakeholders
Over-reaching concept
Integration into ISO13485
Lifecycle steps
Risk Management Benefits
Liability issues
Streamlining product development
Improving product safety and quality
How to Implement Risk Management into ISO13485
SOP framework
Planning and execution
Monitoring and control
Tips and tricks

Lecture 2:
Risk Management to ISO 14971:2012
Risk Management Planning
Risk Management Life Cycle
Hazard Identification
Hazard Domains
Hazard Latency Issues
Risk Rating Methods
Initial (unmitigated) Risk Assessment
Mitigation Strategies and Priorities
Mitigation Architectures
Alarm Systems as Mitigations
Risk Control Bundles
Post Mitigation Risk
Residual Risk
Safety Integrity Levels
European special requirements (Z-Annexes)
Safety Requirements
Hazard Mitigation Traceability
Verification Planning
Architectures, Redundancy and Diversity
Failure Mode and Effect Analysis
Tips and Tricks

Day 2 Schedule

Lecture 1:
Software Risk Management (IEC62304 / FDA software reviewers' guidance):
Critical Software Issues
Software Hazard Mitigation Strategies
Software Item, Unit and System Definition
Software Failures as Hazard Sources
Software Requirements and Design Specification
Software Tools and Development Environment
Software Unit and Integration Testing
Real-Time System Challenges
Software Verification and Validation
Mitigation Traceability and Effectiveness
Software Maintenance and Configuration Control
Software Risk Management Process integration into ISO14971
Legacy Software issues
FDA documentation requirements
Upcoming changes in IEC62304:2014
Tips and Tricks

Lecture 2:
Safety / Assurance case
Safety classes
Basic Safety / Environment
Essential performance
Documentation of Basic Safety
Electrical Safety
Mechanical Safety
EMC / RFI safety
Safety margins
Documentation of essential performance
What is essential performance?
Device architectures and mitigation allocation
Device specific mitigations
Software mitigations
External safety
User intervention and alarms
Organizational measures
Levels of protection concept
Verification of safety properties
Type testing
Sample testing
Software verification testing
Assurance case vs. Risk Management Report
General safety and hazard avoidance
Device / application specific issues
Tips and Tricks


Speaker Details

Markus Weber

Principal Consultant, System Safety Inc.

Markus Weber, Principal Consultant with System Safety, Inc., specializes in safety engineering and risk management for critical medical devices. He graduated from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany with a MS in Electrical Engineering. Before founding System Safety, Inc., he was a software safety engineer for the German approval agency, TUV. Since 1991, Mr. Weber has been a leading consultant to the medical device industry on safety and regulatory compliance issues, specifically for active and software-controlled devices. In conjunction with the FDA, he has published works on risk management issues and software-related risk mitigations. Mr. Weber has helped multiple companies, from startups to Fortune 500 firms.

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