A simple guide to understanding medical device regulations
Arcler Education Inc
As innovation and rapid advancement in technologies take over, medical devices have now become one of the fastest-growing industries globally. In 2000, it was estimated that one and half million different medical devices were available on the market worldwide. For many countries, their regulatory systems have proven to be ineffective in quality management and in monitoring the domestic market to prevent unsafe and low-quality medical products from entering. The lack of harmonized processes when assessing the safety and efficacy or performance of medical products has also led to an increase in costs associated with licensing where required. Regulatory controls for medical devices are often complicated to implement due to the many different types of devices available on the market. Often the risks associated with each type of device differ, making the opportunity for misuse considerable. The purpose of this book is to provide readers with an overview of how regulatory systems work and what goes into implementing a simple regulatory framework. It also aims to highlight the importance of long-lasting good governance where regulation of medical devices is concerned and to provide a step-by-step approach on the development of national regulatory programs for medical devices. It looks at what are some of the guiding principles and essential features of a simple medical device regulatory program, what governs the safety of medical devices and who is responsible for implementation, applying conformity assessment rules and the use of standards to guide a regulatory model.
Shalinee Naidoo is currently the Regulatory and Product Development Manager of a medical device manufacturer based in South Africa. She is directly involved in global regulatory compliance and design and development of new medical devices from idea conception to market. She is also the founder of Life of Shal (www.lifeofshal.com) an online travel journal created to inspire others to explore the world and Scientist’s Sanctuary (www.scientistssanctuary.com) – a science communication company that specializes in bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and creative communication for both the academic and corporate world.