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Understanding and Implementing the Medical Device Directive: 2-Day In-person Seminar

Dan O'Leary, President at Ombu Enterprises, LLC
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Course Description:

The Medical Device Directive (MDD) can be complicated, especially for US companies, because the MDD’s approach is different than the regulatory approach in the US. For example, under the MDD your company makes submissions to a private company that you hire, not to a government agency.

In addition, requirements are constantly changing in the European Union. For example, the harmonized standards for quality systems and risk management (EN ISO 13485:2012 & EN ISO 14971:2012) are confusing for device manufacturers to implement. The need to keep product documentation current with updates to the harmonized standards provides an additional resource need on device manufacturers.

This interactive two-day course will help participants understand the details of the MDD and implement the requirements. They will learn how to classify devices, select the appropriate conformity assessment path, prepare the required documentation, and maintain it. During the course, participants will have an opportunity to apply these concepts and principles with a large number of exercises.

The seminar will address the details of the MDD and include other significant issues such as the quality management system (EN ISO 13485:2012), risk management (EN ISO 14971:2012), clinical evaluation (MDD Annex X), and the role of harmonized standards.

Attendees will receive detailed checklists that help classify devices, analyze and apply the essential requirements, and conduct internal quality audits.

Training Insights

As a bonus, attendees will get the following benefits:

  • An analysis of the risk management issues raised by EN ISO 14971:2012
  • A roadmap to convert your current risk management system to the EU requirements
  • A breakdown of EN ISO 13485:2012 and its relationship to the MDD
  • An explanation of the EU’s proposed regulations for medical devices

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of product directives in the EU
  • Learn the MDD medical device classification system and how to apply it
  • Comprehend the conformity assessment paths and how they apply to particular devices
  • Understand the MDD essential requirements and how to document compliance
  • Learn the role of EN ISO 13485:2012 as the fundamental quality management system
  • Understand the requirements for risk management and the use of EN ISO 14971: 2012
  • Integrate the clinical requirements in the MDD into the essential requirements and risk management processes

Who will Benefit:

This course will benefit personnel involved in quality or regulatory compliance for medical devices marketed in the European Union and it is ideal for quality, regulatory, and clinical professionals working in the health care, clinical trial, biopharmaceutical, and medical device sectors.

  • Regulatory Managers
  • Quality Managers and Directors
  • Marketing Managers
  • Clinical Managers
  • Export Compliance Managers

Topic Background:

Medical devices marketed in the European Union must follow the MDD; IVD device and active implantable devices have other directives.

Course Outline:

Day One (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM) Day Two (8:30 AM - 4:00 PM)

Registration Process: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Session Start Time: 9:00 AM

Medical Device Directives

  • Development, aims, and implementation of medical device directives in the EU
  • The application and differences of the directives that cover medical devices
    • The Medical Device Directive (MDD)
    • The Active Implanted Medical Device Directive (AIMDD)
    • The In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device Directive (IVDD)
  • Relationship to other product directives
    • Machinery Directive
    • Personal Protective Equipment Directive

Compare & Contrast EU & FDA Procedures and Requirements

  • Device classes
  • Marketing “approval”
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Role of the Notified Body

Understanding the MDD

  • Medical device classification in the EU (by directive)
  • Software as a medical device
  • Technical file and design dossier
    • Constructing and maintaining the documentation
    • Auditing and sampling by the notified body
  • Annex I – essential requirements
  • Using harmonized standards to satisfy the essential requirements
  • Conformity assessment paths in the directives
    • Compliance options by device class
    • Annex II – full quality assurance system
  • Information provided by the manufacturer (labeling and IFU)

Quality Management Systems

  • EN ISO 13485:2012 Medical devices – Quality management systems – Requirements for regulatory purposes

Risk Management Systems

  • EN ISO 14971:2012 Medical devices – Application of risk management to medical devices

Clinical Evaluation

  • Clinical Evaluation (MDD Annex X & MEDDEV 2.7-1)

Post Market Surveillance

  • Medical Device Vigilance System (MEDDEV 2.12-1)

Safety and Surveillance

  • Creating a unified approach during the development and production phases
  • Creating a unified approach for activities after delivery

Proposed EU Medical Device Regulations

Meet Your Instructor

Dan O'Leary
President at Ombu Enterprises, LLC

Daniel O'Leary has more than 30 years’ experience in quality, operations, and program management in regulated industries including aviation, defense, medical devices, and clinical labs. He has a master’s degree in mathematics, focusing on logic and number theory. His professional experience relates to quality, regulatory, reliability, and operations management.

Mr. O'Leary is a regular speaker at international conferences including ASQ, ISM, and RAMS. He teaches courses in reliability methods, medical device regulations and practices, statistical methods, management systems (ISO 9001, FDA QSR, & ISO 13485), and project management. Mr. O'Leary is an ASQ certified biomedical auditor, quality auditor, quality engineer, reliability engineer, and Six Sigma black belt; he holds an APICS certification in resource management.

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