The End to End SaMD & IVD Regulatory Support

In today’s era, with scientific and technological breakthroughs more and more SaMD and IVD innovations are surfacing in the market. Several transformative technologies like big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and cloud/iOT are impacting the medical device market - helping medical device companies come up with new progressive SaMD (Software as medical device) & IVD devices.

At Elexes Medical Device Consulting, we offer complete end to end regulatory support for both SaMD and IVD.

What is SaMD & Who Regulates It?

SaMD stands for Software as a Medical Device. It refers to software intended for medical purposes, which can be used for the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment, or alleviation of disease. SaMD can also be used for the investigation, replacement, modification, or support of the anatomy or of a physiological process. Essentially, it's software that is designed to have a medical function or impact on a patient's health.

The regulation of SaMD varies from country to country, but there are some common regulatory bodies and frameworks that oversee these products in many parts of the world. Here are a few key regulatory agencies:

Canada (Health Canada)

In Canada, Health Canada is the regulatory authority responsible for the oversight of medical devices, including SaMD. They have specific requirements for SaMD registration and compliance.

European Union (EU)

In the EU, SaMD is regulated under the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the national competent authorities of each member state oversee the regulation of SaMD.

United States (FDA)

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for regulating SaMD. The FDA classifies SaMD into different risk categories, and the regulatory requirements vary depending on the classification. SaMD products may require premarket clearance or approval before they can be marketed.

Many other countries have their own regulatory authorities and requirements for SaMD, and these can vary significantly. For example, Japan has the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), and Australia has the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

It's essential for manufacturers and developers of SaMD to understand and comply with the regulatory requirements in the specific regions where they plan to market their products. Failure to meet these requirements can result in legal consequences, including product recalls, fines, or other enforcement actions. Therefore, it's crucial to engage with the appropriate regulatory bodies and seek legal and regulatory guidance when developing and marketing SaMD products. This is where we help you with. Our medical device regulatory consultants guide you through all the regulatory challenges and overcome any obstacle that comes their way.

Our SaMD regulatory services

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Technical support for SaMD regulatory

⦿ Gap Analysis with corresponding regulatory requirements

⦿ Assistance in software engineering process (LCM, Risk management, software verification and validation in compliance to ISO 62304)

⦿ Guidance on developing a cyber-security risk management process

⦿ Design and Maintenance of software planning

⦿ Integrating usability engineering process/human factors into software development (UER/ UOUP writing)

⦿ Biological Risk Assessment

⦿ Biological Evaluation Plan/Report writing

⦿ Specific approaches and activities associated with software validation and revalidation

SaMD Clinical Regulatory Support

⦿ Establishment of Clinical Evaluation Process

⦿ Clinical Plans & Reports (CEAR, CEP, CER)

⦿ Methodological approach in the generation of Clinical Evidence required based on category

⦿ Literature Review & PMS data

⦿ Risk/Benefit Analysis

⦿ PMCF Plan & report

⦿ Monitoring & Evaluation of real-world clinical performance and post-market risk management

Post market regulatory support for SaMD

⦿ Plan, Write/Review of Quality documents (Manuals/SOPs)

⦿ Advice on HA/NB process

⦿ Software Quality Planning

⦿ Software Development Process

⦿ Establishing SaMD QMS Process aligned with FDA QSR, QMS ISO 13485

⦿ Vigilance Search

⦿ Post Market Management (Recording of device defects or malfunctions, recalls, Field Safety Corrective Actions and serious injuries etc)

⦿ PMS Plan / Report / PSUR

⦿ Safety Reports & HA/NB Submissions

IVD Regulatory Challenges

In vitro diagnostic (IVD) regulatory challenges can be complex and demanding due to the critical role these tests play in healthcare. IVDs are used to detect diseases, monitor health conditions, and guide treatment decisions. Regulatory agencies, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and others, have established stringent requirements to ensure the safety and effectiveness of IVDs. Here are some key regulatory challenges associated with IVDs: We will conduct periodic internal audits to ensure compliance with all the applicable ISO standards, cGMPs and internal regulations. Be it short targeted internal audits or more sustainable assessments across the quality management system (QMS), we have experts who can conduct a thorough audit and come up with any compliance gap that needs to be worked on.

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How Elexes Medical Device Consulting can help you tackle these IVD regulatory challenges?

Elexes medical device consulting plays a vital role in helping IVD manufacturing companies navigate complex regulatory challenges, including those in the field of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) products.

Here's how these firms can assist in addressing these challenges:

Regulatory Strategy and Planning

Assess the regulatory landscape and help companies develop a strategic plan for product registration, compliance, and market access.

Determine the appropriate regulatory pathway and classification for IVD products.

Identify potential risks and challenges and develop mitigation strategies.

Regulatory Compliance

Interpret and apply relevant regulations, such as the U.S. FDA, EU IVDR, or other national regulations, to ensure that IVD products meet all requirements.

Assist in the preparation and submission of regulatory documents and applications, including premarket notifications, premarket approvals, and CE Mark applications.

Quality Management Systems (QMS)

Help establish, implement, and maintain robust QMS to meet regulatory requirements, such as ISO 13485.

Conduct audits and assessments to identify and address areas of improvement within the QMS.

Clinical Data Management

Assist in designing and conducting clinical studies to generate the necessary clinical data for IVD product submissions.

Analyze and present clinical data to support regulatory submissions.

Post-Market Surveillance (PMS) and Vigilance

Establish PMS systems to monitor product performance and safety post-market.

Help manage and report adverse events and incidents, as required by regulatory authorities.

Labeling and User Instructions

Ensure that product labeling and user instructions comply with regulatory requirements, including the provision of clear and accurate information.

Global Market Access

Provide expertise in navigating regulatory systems in different regions, helping companies achieve conformity or harmonization with multiple regulatory authorities.

Assist in obtaining necessary certifications, such as CE Marks or FDA approvals.

Companion Diagnostics

Guide the regulatory strategy for companion diagnostics, considering their unique role in the development of targeted therapies.

Coordinate submissions with regulatory authorities to align companion diagnostics with corresponding therapeutic products.

IVD Software

Ensure compliance with evolving regulatory guidelines for IVD software, including cybersecurity requirements.

Assist in the classification and regulatory pathway for software components of IVDs.

Reimbursement Strategies

Provide guidance on securing reimbursement for IVD products, including the development of evidence to demonstrate clinical and economic value to payers.

Training and Education

Offer training and education programs to ensure that company personnel understand and can comply with regulatory requirements.

Keeping Up-to-Date

Continuously monitor regulatory changes and updates, ensuring that the company remains compliant with evolving requirements.

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Our Compliance Assessment Process

Our process begins with an in-depth consultation where we learn about your medical device, its intended use, and your specific goals. This helps us tailor our assessment to your unique needs.

Our team of experts is well-versed in global medical device regulations, including FDA submissions, CE marking, TGA requirement, Health Canada approvals, ISO, and more. We stay up-to-date with the latest changes in the regulatory landscape.

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We will conduct a comprehensive review of your existing documentation, including design files, clinical data, quality management systems, and risk assessments.

Our consultants will perform a gap analysis to identify any areas where your device may fall short of compliance. This forms the basis for our recommendations.

Based on our findings, we will provide you with detailed recommendations and a roadmap for achieving compliance. This may involve revising documentation, conducting additional testing, or making necessary design changes.

Our services don't stop with just the assessment. We offer ongoing support to guide you through the compliance process, helping you address any challenges that may arise.

Compliance Assurance

Stay compliant with industry regulations and standards.

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Achieve regulatory success with Elexes, all within your budget.

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Elexes for medical device regulatory & compliance services?

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We offer 100% confidentiality understanding how critical the data is for you.

Elexes offer complete range of regulatory and compliance expertise, ensuring full-support in product development and post-market compliance. Get everything under one roof for your medical device!

So, if you are have deep expertise, experience, and established relationships with regulatory authorities, which can significantly enhance a company's regulatory journey and increase the likelihood of successful product registration and market access, all you have to do is

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