The International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) issued on April 20th four technical documents covering cybersecurity, personalized devices, conformity assessment bodies and terminologies for categorized Adverse Event Reporting (AER). Following, a short overview on the content of the guidelines:

Principles and Practices for Medical Device Cybersecurity

“The purpose of this IMDRF guidance document is to provide general principles and best practices to facilitate international regulatory convergence on medical device cybersecurity.”

“This document is designed to provide concrete recommendations to all responsible stakeholders on the general principles and best practices for medical device cybersecurity (including in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices). It outlines recommendations for medical device manufacturers, healthcare providers, regulators, and users to minimize cybersecurity risks that could arise from use of the device for its intended purposes and to ensure maintenance and continuity of device safety and performance.”


Requirements for Regulatory Authority Recognition of Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) Conducting Medical Device Regulatory Reviews

“The purpose of this document is to define the requirements for CABs performing regulatory reviews and other related functions for medical devices, including IVD medical devices. Both the regulatory review process and the decisions made by a CAB may be subject to further review by the applicable Regulatory Authority in the countries and regions where the medical device is manufactured and/or placed on the market.”


Personalized Medical Devices – Regulatory Pathways

“The purpose of this IMDRF guidance is to recommend a harmonized approach for the application of existing regulatory pathways to medical devices that are intended for a particular individual, and to identify special considerations for the regulation of each identified category of personalized medical device.”


IMDRF terminologies for categorized Adverse Event Reporting (AER): terms, terminology structure and codes

“This document has been prepared by the IMDRF Adverse Event Working Group, charged with developing a harmonized terminology for reporting adverse events related to medical devices including in-vitro diagnostics (IVDs).”

“This document provides the IMDRF terms, definitions and IMDRF alpha-numerical codes to be used for Adverse Event (AE) reporting concerning medical devices and in vitro diagnostics both pre and post market.”

For more details, please see the original documents on the IMDRF website.

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