The first step of understanding the likely regulatory requirements is device classification. In all jurisdictions using the GHTF model of regulation, there are risk based classification rules, more or less identical to those first published in Annex IX of the European Medical Device Directive EC 93/42. Getting the classification right is vital. The level of regulatory review applied – and the processes for regulatory approval – are contingent on the device class. It’s important to know what the class is so you can figure out the regulatory pathway.
Classification rules are a great advantage in that any new device can be classified immediately. No need to consult lists of regulations here. But the rules take some effort to interpret and apply.
Enter “Classify My Device” a handy smartphone App which makes it easy to apply the European rules. Using a simple Q&A process the app navigates the rule set for you to determine the class of your device. There’s context sensitive help, serving up all of the guidance and definitions you are likely to need along the way. And once you’re done you can get a copy of the classification analysis emailed right to your inbox – so you have a record of the application of the rules and the resulting classification.
Click the icon below to download your copy now. And watch this space – we will be developing a version to classify according to the Canadian and Australian rule sets soon.
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