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Risk Management for medical devices involves systematically identifying, evaluating, and mitigating potential risks associated with the use of the device throughout its lifecycle. As your full-service compliance partner, Certification Experts can assist you with the Risk Management for your Medical Device(s). With over 25 years of experience, you can trust us to guide you to a compliant Risk Management.
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What is Risk Management?
Medical Device Regulations in Europe uphold strong emphasis on Risk Management on medical devices. Herein, manufacturers of medical devices must control risk mitigation measures throughout the design and production process. However, it is important to note that assessing the risks does not end here, as ISO 14971 compliance requires that companies manage risks as an ongoing internal process that lasts throughout a medical device’s product life cycle.
A Risk Management process consists of the following actions:
- Risk analysis
- Risk evaluation
- The implementation and verification of risk control measures
- The result of the evaluation of residual risks
What is ISO 14971?
The requirements described in ISO14971 are harmonised with the latest Medical Devices Regulations (MDR). The process intends to assist manufacturers of medical devices to identify the foreseeable hazards associated with the medical device, to estimate and evaluate the associated risks, to mitigate these risks, and to monitor the efficacy of the controls throughout all life cycle phases of the device. ISO14971 specifies that within this process manufacturers must also identify the hazards associated with medical devices, to estimate and evaluate the associated risks, to control and reduce these risks, to monitor the effectiveness of the controls, to evaluate residual risks and to perform reviews using production and post-production information. This also includes realising risks related to biocompatibility, data and systems security, electricity, moving parts, radiation and usability. Additionally, ISO 14971 requires that manufacturers establish objective criteria for risk acceptability, however the manufacturer must specify the specific acceptable risk levels herein.
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Key terms that are used in Risk Management
Some key terms that are used in Risk Management that are important to be aware of are:
When to start creating a Risk Management File
Creating a Risk Management file starts in the design and development phase. During this, manufacturers must already be assessing potential risks and which risk mitigation measures should be employed. During the production phase, it is also possible to identify potential risks, and both during and after the packaging and storage phases, they must be reviewed. If applicable, the transport phase may also need to be reviewed. Additionally, the post production phase is also of importance as post market surveillance must be conducted. Post market surveillance is necessary as the information obtained from this will be used as input for the Risk Management report.
Risk Management with Certification Experts
Certification Experts often encounter many customers who do not have their Risk Management in order when evaluating Technical Files. Herein, it is important to note that a Notified Body (NoBo) and manufacturer have the responsibility to check the efficacy of the Risk Management System. When a Risk Management system does not meet the requirements of the NoBo, a Corrective Action Preventative Action (CAPA) will be implemented immediately. This means an organisation shall take action to eliminate the causes of nonconformities in order to prevent a recurrence and to eliminate the causes of potential nonconformities in order to prevent their occurrence.
Certification Experts provide services for Risk Management and guidance with the Notified Body, along with support throughout the entire Medical Device Regulation process.