Medical device manufacturers who are manufacturing and marketing their products in Europe have to comply with EU MDR requirements. These requirements apply to all medical device manufacturers, and they can use harmonized standards for proving their compliance with the essential requirements of EU MDR.
There are two types of harmonized standards that medical device manufacturers can apply to comply with European legislation requirements. A medical device manufacturer can verify that any harmonized standards are based upon his device’s type. By doing this, he can determine the requirements of IFU for his medical device.
The two different types of harmonized standards are:
Vertical Standard is also known as C-type standard. It provides specifications for a specific category of the device.
The Vertical Standard or C-type standard includes all categories of medical devices such as
Vertical Standard may contain additional or more detailed requirements for Instructions for Use based upon the type of the device.
In contrast to Vertical Standards, Horizontal Standards apply to all product groups, for example
Previously, ISO IEC 82709-1:2012 was used as the Horizontal Standard for IFU. It has now been replaced by IEC/IEEE 82079-1:2019.
EU MDR is general in its dialect, whereas IEC/IEEE 82709-1 is more specific. For example, EU MDR tells the manufacturers
“The information and instructions provided by the manufacturer shall be easy for the layperson to understand and apply.”
The standard does not specify the type of information it requires from manufacturers. In contrast to it, IEC/IEEE 82709-1 states the requirements explicitly which it requires from the manufacturers of medical devices.
An example of this can be seen where it instructs medical device manufacturers to make their instructions more understandable for a layperson by doing the following:
A manufacturer should apply principles of minimalism while presenting the information to a layperson.
IFU for laypersons shall be usable and relevant to the target audience’s respective goals and tasks.
The medical device manufacturer should use consistent terminology throughout his IFU. This will make the IFU more comprehensible for his audience.
In order to make IFU more presentable, the manufacturer should use those graphic symbols, fonts, and signs that are clear to the users of medical devices.
The manufacturer should make it the responsibility of able and competent persons to prepare IFU for his medical devices.
Having a sound knowledge of EU MDR requirements and both vertical and horizontal standards is important for a medical device manufacturer. This will help him harmonize all the requirements of EU MDR and horizontal and vertical standards.
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