What is Software Tool Validation?

Modern medical device regulations are putting more and more emphasis on the management of software tools. These tools are software packages that are not part of the medical devices themselves, but support the device during its lifecycle. Nowadays companies use dozens of applications, ranging from accounting tools to email clients to software compilers. Of course […]

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The Importance of IEC 62304 Compliance Part 2

Following up on our first blog post on how to become a trusted software supplier to established medical device manufacturers with the help of IEC 62304, we will now shed some light on specific clauses and requirements of that standard. IEC 62304:2006/Amd 1:2015, 4.3 – Software Safety Classification The 2015 amendment provides more clarity on […]

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The Importance of IEC 62304 Compliance

IEC 62304 outlines the guiding principles for the development of medical software. It is the gold standards for medical device companies, but its importance goes beyond legal manufacturers and established medical software suppliers. In the vast majority of cases, software embedded in a device (or a device itself) use abundant OTS (Off The Shelf) code, […]

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How to Become Compliant on Jira and Confluence with Comalatech and SoftComply

Written together with Mike Rink of Comalatech  Until recently, the Medical Device industry was comprised of a handful of large and well-established hardware manufacturing organizations. As those devices have become more software-driven, so too have software development companies begun working closer with the medical device manufacturers. In addition to supplying software to those manufacturers, these […]

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Don’t be a ”victim” of your Quality System, but instead use it to achieve your objectives!

“If you can’t beat them, join them!” If your company has decided to enter the medical device market, and you are in charge of making this transition, one of the things you will have to implement sooner or later is a compliant quality system. It is not going to be an easy job, but on […]

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What is a Technical File?

The Technical File is a dossier required for marketing a medical device in Europe (a.k.a. receiving the CE mark). For Class III devices, this is called Design Dossier and has a few additional requirements. The Technical File is intended to show compliance with the applicable MDDs ( Medical Device Directives, the EU regulatory framework for […]

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4 Challenges of Safety Critical Software Development

When someone’s life is in your hands, you are going to be very careful with it. That’s why the safety-critical software used in aviation systems, automotive, traffic signals, or medical devices has always relied on highly-structured software development methods like waterfall. With a heavy emphasis on design review and testing, these methods are naturally quite […]

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Afraid of the new MDRs?

By Matteo Gubellini, Chief Regulatory Officer at SoftComply Who’s afraid of the MDRs and the new approach to risk management in the EU? Well, everyone! The new and scary regulations for medical devices in the European Union will be made effective towards the end of this month. Driven by the necessity of updating an old […]

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Risk Management – part of a Quality Management System?

Risk Management is a key and mandatory part of a medical device development process. Unfortunately, Risk Management is often treated as merely an exercise required to achieve compliance rather than a tool to achieve an optimum design and to ensure the safety of the medical device. Let’s see how to get the best out of […]

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What is Document Control? Automated vs Paper-Based?

Although this process can be extremely complicated and interlaced in large corporations, the requirements for Document Control are actually quite simple. Let’s give a look at them: ISO 13485:2016 – it’s all in two paragraphs, §4.2.4 and §4.2.5: (a) Documents must be approved, i.e. have signatures (electronic or handwritten); (b) If reviewed or modified, they […]

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New Medical Devices Regulation & Risk Management

The revised Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) will change the regulatory environment of medical devices in Europe to a more stringent one. Compared to the MDD, the MDR promotes a life-cycle approach similar to what the US FDA and many international standards advocate. MDR highlights the importance of medical device risk management. Although risk management has […]

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SoftComply eQMS for Medical Device Companies has arrived!

SoftComply is pleased to announce SoftComply eQMS, the first Atlassian add-on addressing the needs of life-science, medtech and pharma companies has arrived. SoftComply eQMS: • fast-tracks the implementation of a compliant Quality Management System for medical device companies; • is comprehensively focussed on the EU and US based markets, and helps users fulfil their requirements […]

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