Software Risk Management – Ways to FDA and MDD Compliance: 2-day In-person Seminar

By: Markus Weber, Principal Consultant, System Safety, Inc.
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Course Description:

Risk management has become the method of choice to ensure an effective and safety oriented device development process. 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.

This highly interactive two day seminar on software risk management and compliance 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.
  • Cover European (MDD), US (FDA) and international risk management requirements from a regulatory and practitioner’s perspective.
  • Introduce all necessary steps to design, implement and test critical medical device software in a regulatory compliant environment.
  • Emphasize the implementation of risk management into the development and maintenance process.
  • Address the system level issues of risk management as well as the increasingly important software related issues of critical systems.
  • Introduce the basic concepts and content of safety assurance cases and illustrate the usefulness for internal and external review of safety related information.

This seminar is mainly based on international consensus requirements such as ISO14971, IEC62366 and IEC62304. It will use real-life examples and proven tips and tricks to make the application of risk management a practical and beneficial undertaking. It will help to comply with regulatory requirements with minimized overhead and resource burden.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this course on software risk management and compliance participants will:

  • Understand basic elements of risk management
  • Know the meaning of terms like hazard, hazardous situation, hazard cause and harm
  • Be able to select proper risk rating methods for a given project
  • Know the differences between random failure and systematic failures
  • Assess software induced hazards and methods to mitigate them
  • Understand the role of software in hazard mitigation
  • Be able to apply software development methods to existing projects
  • Know how to address legacy software issues
  • Establish a software lifecycle model
  • Structure and compose a safety assurance case

Who Will Benefit:

  • 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

Topic Background:

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 to the development lifecycle. Diligent, complete and correct implementation of risk management from the start of product development is therefore imperative. 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 (it is currently only required for FDA infusion pump submissions).

Course Outline

Day One (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
Registration Process: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Session Start Time: 9:00 AM

Introduction to 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

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
  • Q&A

Day Two (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)

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
  • Q&A

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
    • Inspections
    • Analyses
  • Assurance case vs. risk management report
    • General safety and hazard avoidance
    • Device / application specific issues
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Q&A

Meet Your Instructor

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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. Mr. Weber 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, he 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. He has helped multiple companies, from startups to Fortune 500 firms.

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October 16-17, 2014
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