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Medical Device | Product Development | Risk | Risk Management

Three Key Questions for Assessing Medical Device Risk Management Tools

By: David M. Cronin
September 28th, 2021

In the highly regulated world of medical device manufacturing, the relentless requirement to minimize and mitigate risk places a huge onus on design, development, and manufacturing teams. That’s why companies, large and small, are looking for software solutions to help ensure consistency and objectivity in the creation, auditing, and monitoring of critical risk management processes.

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Reusability: Data Duplication to Accelerate Medical Device Development

By: Bradley Sylvestre
September 14th, 2021

Key takeaway: The ability to reuse product data can dramatically reduce the time taken to design, gain regulatory approvals, and ultimately bring new medical devices to market. Time equates to money in any business, and in the world of medical device design and manufacturing, that can mean BIG numbers! Depending on the route taken, following FDA regulations, the average cost to bring a medical device to market through the Premarket Approval pathway is $94 million. The less intensive 510(k) process averages out at $31 million.

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design controls | Medical Device | Product Development | Risk | Risk Management

Beyond Excel, Managing Risk in Medical Device Development

By: David M. Cronin
August 17th, 2021

Using unstructured tools such as Word and Excel when doing risk management for medical devices could result in harm to a patient. Why? Because many medical devices are complex, with hundreds to thousands of inter-related design inputs/outputs, testing, and risk management data. Managing that amount of data manually is nearly impossible when using tools like Word and Excel...

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Accelerate Medical Device Development with Systems Engineering

By: David M. Cronin
October 16th, 2020

Systems engineering should be used more often in medical device product development. This may be a strong statement, but it can be transformative for device development through decreased development costs, streamlining of interactions with the FDA, and reduced time-to-market. We would like to address this through a series of articles on systems engineering role in Medical Device Product Development of which this is the first.

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Medical Device | Product Development | Compass

Only a Comprehensive Process Can Deliver True Quality in Medical Device Development

By: Ansgar Liening
August 27th, 2020

Often in medical device product development, functions exist in silos. Risk, requirements, and test management functions often exist separately, on their own - different systems, different teams, different objectives. Yet, the data related to these functions are both continuously changing and highly dependent on one another. Some type of process is needed to (1) manage the effect of changes across all three systems and (2) provide evidence of a process for notified bodies if and when needed.

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Medical Device | Risk | Risk Management

Complying with ISO 14971:2019

By: Ben Higgitt
August 11th, 2020

SEPARATE RISK MANAGEMENT AND FMEA FOR BETTER MEDICAL DEVICE DEVELOPMENT. The below is an excerpt of the article originally published on MDDI. FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) is utilized to identify potential failure modes in the design or manufacturing of a product. But risks associated with medical devices are not created by failures alone. A product may never fail, but there are still potentially many other risks.

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design controls | Medical Device | Compass

Mitigate the Risk of an FDA Form 483 with an Automated Solution

By: Cognition Corporation
July 27th, 2020

Commonly issued after an FDA inspection, a Form 483 informs a company of observations requiring corrective actions. The Form 483 is often referred to as “Inspectional Observations” as it is a list of conditions or practices that indicate a potential violation of FDA requirements. The form is compiled in order of importance and is considered a snapshot of potential issues; it should not be considered all-encompassing.

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