Although medical device manufacturers have more time to prepare due to the delayed EU MDR deadline, this shouldn’t distract from the extensive documentation they must compile in the meantime to prove their devices are compliant.
Investments in new processes and systems must satisfy the needs of the authorities and ensure patient safety and public confidence. Getting it right is likely to be expensive. but regulatory compliance shouldn’t be viewed purely as a cost center.
A recap of a recent effort involving a small group of AIDC experts in devising a data integrity scheme suitable for protecting a new device identifier used in modern healthcare applications against mis-keying. It presents the group’s undertakings in researching solutions to ensure identifier integrity, the challenges encountered, and how a more complete understanding of the constraints of the intended application led to a departure from the initial design and resulted in the elegant solution that exists today.
The latest regulations for human and veterinary medicinal products, as well as medical devices, include the mandate to set up databases with detailed information about available products. These databases must be realized and implemented in the near future, and require a concerted effort now if tangible real-world benefits are to follow.
As medical devices using software and wireless communication become more ubiquitous, hackers are becoming more advanced in their methods.
U.S. medtech manufacturers must also prepare for the UDI requirements under EU MDR.
Although healthcare industry tends to be slow to adopt new technologies, device companies should seriously consider the potential of blockchain.
Best practices to achieve compliance as regulations evolve and customer requirements change.
Going paperless can ultimately help companies focus on improving product quality and the end-user experience.
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