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IEC 60601-1 Guidance, Medical Device Safety Testing
MECA has become a trusted partner with many of the world's medical device and laboratory equipment leaders, and has been
able to meet their demanding time and budgetary requirements. Whatever your compliance needs are, when you work with the
MECA team, you can be assured that your project is in the hands of the most technically trained group of experts in the field.
Accredited Compliance Reports
The least expensive, fastest path to demonstrating compliance, required to place your device on the international market
Project covers medical equipment evaluation, safety testing, and report, for demonstrating compliance to standards.
The IECEE-published TRF (Test Report Form) is the international report format used to demonstrate compliance to IEC standards.
These reports are typically referred to as Compliance Reports, CB Style Reports, or FDA 510(k) Testing Reports.
For medical devices, the report covers the IEC 60601-1 base standard, applicable Collateral and Particular standards, as well as national deviations: United States (AAMI 60601-1), Canada (CSA C22.2 No. 60601-1), and European Union Countries (EN 60601-1).
For Laboratory Equipment, the report covers the IEC 61010-1 base standard and applicable Particular standards.
The TRF includes all the clause verdicts (Pass, N/A, or Fail) with remarks, test data, critical components, risk management documentation, and attachments (photos, markings, user manual, etc.).
The international function of Compliance Reports:
USA: Demonstrate compliance to the FDA recognized consensus standards, for 510(k), PMA, as well as obtaining an NRTL Mark.
Canada: Demonstrate compliance to the Health Canada and SCC (Standards Council of Canada) recognized standards
European Union: Demonstrate compliance to the standards in the OJ, for CE Marking, under the MDD
Australia: Accepts CE Marking, per European requirements
Brazil: Demonstrate compliance for INMETRO Certification (Testing MUST be conducted by ilac Accredited Lab)
Japan: Officially accepts 2nd Edition Compliance Reports, but also accepting Edition 3 and 3.1Reports
China: Currently only accepting 2nd Edition Compliance Reports
Limited Testing With a Letter Report
For clinical trials and other premarket use of medical devices
For clinical trials and other premarket use, a limited evaluation and testing with a Letter Report may be adequate.
A review of the premarket use with a MECA Engineer will determine the minimum evaluation and testing requirements needed.
A Letter Report is then generated, which summarizes what was evaluated. It includes the construction, labels, manual, risk management review (as applicable), and the testing that was conducted.
NRTL Safety Marks for the US and Canada
To sell into most hospitals and healthcare facilities in the US and Canada, a Safety Mark is needed
Third Party NRTL Safety Marks (UL, TUV Rheinland, ETL Intertek, TUV SUD, CSA, etc.) are used to show that the equipment complied with its applicable standards when it left the manufacturing facility. These are typically required in the US and Canada, for selling to hospitals, clinics, and other places that require a NRTL Safety Mark for equipment used at their facility.
A NRTL is a Nationally Recognized Testing Lab, which is controlled and audited by OSHA.
MECA works with Underwriters Laboratories (UL Mark), TUV Rheinland (TUV Mark), and Intertek (ETL Mark).
For these Safety Marks, the agencies review the reports and test data that MECA generates, and after any review comments are addressed, they issue the authorization to apply their applicable Safety Mark.
For other NRTL Marks (TUV-SUD, CSA, SGS, etc.), MECA can use a CB Report to get these NRTL Marks (see CB Reports below).
To apply a NRTL Mark to your equipment, OSHA requires the NRTL to conduct ongoing production inspections, either 2 or 4 times a year, to verify the equipment being manufactured is the same as what was evaluated and tested. These are typically referred to as "factory inspections".
We handle UL Classification, TUV Certification, and ETL Intertek certification from start to finish.
By performing preliminary evaluations, providing compliance services, conducting testing at MECA's laboratory, writing the reports, and working with the NRTL reviewer, we can decrease the time that it takes you to obtain NRTL Safety Marks for your device.
MECA is a CB Testing Laboratory, under the IECEE CB Scheme
CB Reports (Certified Body Reports) are used to conduct an evaluation, testing, and report with one agency, and exchange the data with another agency, to attain their certification mark. While a CB Report is not required for entry into any international markets, the term "CB Report" has become a term for a complete report in the IECEE format, recognized internationally.
Using a CB Report, clients can attain Safety Marks from any US or international agency under the the CB Scheme, without retesting.
CB Reports are valid for three years from issue date, and have additional critical component requirements (such as requiring a CB Report for the power supply used in the equipment). The process and testing also require adherence to CB Scheme and IEC rules.
Ensure that your device or design complies with the applicable standard requirements early in the process
We are happy to help you with your compliance questions.
This may include the requirements in the standards and how they affect your device design and component selection,
interpretations of those requirements, or international regulatory requirements for getting your device on the market.
This is used to reduce the cost and time of redesign by identifying noncompliances earlier in the design process
We provide the first 15 minutes free for new clients with compliance questions.
To cover additional time to address your questions, we offer two options:
- Two months, with up to 8 hours compliance services
- Six months, with up to 16 hours compliance services
To initiate these immediately, complete the PayPal checkout on our Quote page.
To receive a quote and use a PO, please use the quote submission page, and specify if you would like the 2 or 6 month option.
We also offer custom compliance services projects for specific needs
This may include reviewing insulation diagrams or risk management documentation, construction reviews, meetings, etc.
To receive a quote for custom compliance services, please use the quote submission page, and specify your needs.
Provide your team with the tools necessary to comply with the required standards
Provide your team with the tools necessary to comply with the required standards
The next seminar is May 1st - 4th, 2018 in Franklin, WI (15 minutes from MKE airport)
See the Public Seminar page to register
2 Day Seminar Workshop At Client's Facility:
- IEC 60601-1, Edition 3.1 (includes Amendment 1)
- AAMI ES 60601-1
- CSA C22.2 No. 60601-1
- EN 60601-1
- Customized to Client's type of equipment and needs
- Applicable Collateral and Particular Standards can be added to the seminar material (at additional costs may apply)
- A Projector with computer connection will be required at the location
Materials provided by email to print by attendees: Free
Materials supplied by MECA: Additional cost per attendee
Copyrighted standards are not included in the cost of the seminars
If standards are required to be provided by MECA, please include this in the quote submission
Please provide the number of attendees for the quote request
1 Day Limited Seminar:
- Does not cover all the standard requirements, but may meet your needs
- See 2 Day Seminar above for details
Typical Seminar Agenda:
1) Regulatory Overview and Role of Standards
2) Introduction to IEC 60601-1, Overview of Major Differences from Edition 2 to 3.1
3) Risk Management, Overview of Usability Engineering, Alarms, Programmable Systems
4) General Requirements/Classifications/Basic Terminology/Marking and Labelling
5) Protection Against Electrical Shock - Leakage Current and Applied Parts
6) Protection Against Electrical Shock – Designing Electrical Insulation, Insulation Diagrams
6) Continuation of Insulation Diagrams and Required Spacings from Day 1
7) Verifying Electrical Insulation
8) Medical Electrical Systems
9) Protection Against Mechanical Hazards
10) Protection Against Thermal and Other Hazards
11) Component Requirements
Online Seminar Course:
IEC 60601-1 Ed 3.1 Compliance Program Certificate
Estimated Learning Duration of the Program: 1-2 weeks
Provided by WMDO (World Medical Device Organization)
Developed by Brian Biersach, this comprehensive five course program provides you with
an in-depth review of the IEC 60601 edition 3.1 requirements, offering reference to numerous
collateral and other related standards, including ISO 14971.
Throughout the program a comprehensive comparison is provided between the previous
2nd edition up through the current 3rd edition, including amendment 1.
The extensive information contained in this program offers learners several examples and
specific situations for different types of medical electrical equipment as well as practical
insight for professionals.
For a list of the topics covered, and to purchase this online seminar course,
see the WMDO course page
Preliminary Evaluations are the first part of the full evaluation process, pulled out front as a separate project
They are a design and documentation reviews, to identify and address compliance issues and determine the full project plan.
They consist of 1 day at the client's facility or at MECA (travel expenses are the additional cost, if done at client's facility)
To greatly reduce the full evaluation project time, we strongly suggest considering a Preliminary Evaluation as the first step.
This is NOT an additional cost, since the full evaluation project includes this first step.
See the main page for a description of the Preliminary Evaluation and full project steps.
We conduct electrical, mechanical, sound, and other testing, to meet your needs
Testing is conducted and documented under our ISO 17025 laboratory accredited procedures.
Some of the testing that we conduct includes the following:
- Leakage current, dielectric (hypot), temperature, grounding continuity, transformer short/overload, etc.
- Environmental conditioning, limited to temperature and humidity cycling chambers
- Unique testing for specialized equipment (electrosurgical devices, infusion pumps, ECG and multiparameter patient monitors)
- Water Ingress (IPXX testing), fluid flow rate (infusion pumps), Loading, Force, threshold, Impact, etc.
- Sound/alarm testing, using ISO 3744 hemi-anechoic (free field) sound chamber (SPL, harmonics, timing)
- Cleaning/disinfection testing, for accelerated life testing of agents specified in user manuals
Revise or update an existing report (MECA, UL, TUV Rheinland, or Intertek)
These revisions to the report address construction, software, or documentation changes to the device or system.
Based on the description of the changes, this may be a paperwork revision only, or may require testing or documentation review.
To determine the scope of work for these revisions, we need to know the following items:
- Who issued the report (lab/agency)
- The changes to the device (components, layout, construction, software, documentation, markings, etc.)
* For component changes, we need the existing and new component specifications, to determine what testing may be applicable
Documentation of differences between standard editions
Gap Analysis documentation from second to third edition or between editions of Collateral or Particular standards.
The report documents all of the differences between the standard editions.
For equipment-specific gap analysis projects, it also addresses the applicability of those differences to the device/system.
This does not include testing, unless requested specifically.