Industry Training for Medical Device Manufacturers

AAMI offers all of its Quality System training programs on an in-house basis; learn more here.   Here is the 2017 training registration form.

Application of Agile to the Development of Medical Device Systems

This two-day course goes beyond small-team and software-only applications and demonstrates how Agile practices can be used in the development of medical device systems. Building on the concepts of the Effective Application of Agile Practices in the Development of Medical Device Software, this course will explore ways to apply Agile methods in the context of developing a medical device system that includes more than software. We will discuss specific ways to integrate Agile Methods and Systems Engineering techniques.

Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) Requirements and Industry Practice

This 2-day course and assessment provides intensive coverage of the elements of a CAPA system. Upon completion of this course participants will be able to evaluate their organization’s compliance with FDA’s requirements for establishing a Corrective and Preventive Action system. Further, they will be able to implement a compliant business value-added CAPA system to effectively manage existing and potential product and quality system nonconformities.

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Design Control Requirements and Industry Practice

This intensive 2.5-day course covers the practical application of the design control requirements of the Quality System regulation to medical devices. This course offers FDA and industry the unique opportunity to participate in a shared learning experience. Examples of design control tools, templates, and practices, in use by AAMI member companies, stimulate discussion and provide a practical resource for future reference. Case studies and situation analyses are used throughout the program to help participants analyze potential areas of noncompliance, identify improvements, and evaluate the various methods of managing a design control program.

Developing and Validating Software for the Medical Device Industry

This 3-day workshop provides attendees with guidance on designing software validation plans that build confidence in the software and comply with regulatory requirements.The workshop is exercise-driven to allow attendees to apply appropriate validation tools and techniques for embedded device software, off-the-shelf software, and quality system (non-device) software. Case studies on traceability analysis, requirements writing, test designs, and validation planning give examples and possible solutions to validation activities.

Effective Application of Agile Practices in the Development of Medical Device Software

Upon completion of this 2-day course, participants will be able to evaluate the challenges with the use of Agile practices and be prepared to adapt these practices as needed to ensure the development of compliant, safe, and effective products. This course builds on the concepts in AAMI TIR45:2012, Guidance on the use of agile practices in the development of medical device software. 

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Human Factors for Medical Devices

This 3-day course offers participants a comprehensive overview to human factors as it relates to medical devices. It includes regulatory requirements of FDA, specifically the interpretation from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Human Factors Team, as they relate to human factors, and the process of applying human factors in design controls during the design of a medical device. The course also includes the regulatory perspective of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and the impact of human factors on pharma. A basic foundation for applying human factors will be set, with discussions on user models and task analysis; anatomy of use errors; and how task analysis forms the basis for planning human factors efforts. Course content includes a review of human factors methodologies—contextual inquiry, heuristic evaluations, formative studies, and summative studies. Relevant human factors standards are discussed as well as human factors in the post-market arena. There are hands-on exercises as well as real-life case studies illustrating the application of human factors to medical devices.

Human Factors Methodologies

During this advanced 1.5-day course, participants will learn to develop methods and strategies to advance product design using formative human factors studies such as contextual inquiry, review of predecessor products, concept evaluation, and task analysis. Participants will identify the role of human factors in developing and testing instructions for use/training tools and the role post-market surveillance (dealing with complaints and adverse events) as a driver of human factors in medical device design.

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Ethylene Oxide Sterilization

This highly interactive 3.5-day course assumes that participants are experienced in working with an established ethylene oxide sterilization process, but are now challenged with ensuring the continued effectiveness and assessing change for the product or process. The program combines classroom lecture with real life scenarios to illustrate concepts and situational analyses that provide participants with the opportunity to apply what they learn to actual sterilization scenarios.

Industrial Sterilization for Medical Devices

This 4-day course covers sterilization processing in a medical device manufacturing environment.  It addresses sterilization technologies and methods, sterilization standards, FDA requirements, critical factors in product design, and product release decisions.

Integrating Risk Management into the Quality System

This comprehensive course for medical device manufacturers presents risk management concepts used throughout the quality system as well as the life-cycle of the product, from design…to manufacturing…through post-production.

Process Validation Requirements and Industry Practice

This 2.5-day course provides attendees with practical tools and techniques for process validation requirements for FDA’s Quality System Regulation and recognized Process Validation Guidance from the Global Harmonization Task Force. The program includes industry best practices and real life process validation examples.

Purchasing Controls and Supply Chain Management

This 2.5-day course provides extensive information on effective implementation of supplier selection and controls. This detailed course covers the key aspects of supplier controls, from planning for supplier assessment/selection, to defining acceptance activities, to monitoring supplier performance. Each topic is presented from a practical perspective, with links to the requirements of the Quality System regulation, the ISO 13485 standard, risk management considerations, and pertinent Global Harmonization Task Force guidance.

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Quality System Requirements and Industry Practice

This intensive 4-day program provides quality system professionals with the basic knowledge and skills needed to develop a quality system program that conforms with the FDA's Quality System Regulation. Course content is the culmination of almost two years of consensus development on the part of a respected group of more than thirty quality system experts from leading device manufacturing companies, the FDA, and consultants to the industry. In 1999, this program was selected as part of the mandatory training for European Conformity Assessment Bodies under the US/EU Mutual Recognition Agreement. In 2003, FDA made attendance at the Quality System course part of the training criteria for its Accredited Persons Program.

Radiation Sterilization for Medical Devices

This 3.5-day program covers principles, processes, industry best practices, and industry standards in radiation sterilization for medical devices. The course examines: FDA expectations regarding successful submissions and inspections, recalls, problem solving, and risk avoidance; scientific theory and principles of radiation sterilization; the global ANSI/AAMI/ISO 11137 series on radiation sterilization standards; integration of industry standards with the Quality System regulation; sterility Assurance Levels (SALs); auditing processes for contract laboratories and sterilizers; and radiation sterilization processing, including safety precautions, characteristics, constraints, and impact of radiation operations.

Regulatory Requirements for Software Validation in the Medical Device Industry

This 3-day course focuses on the requirements contained in the Quality System regulation specific to software validation. The course explores the latitude and flexibility of the FDA's expectations and provides conceptual ways to meet compliance requirements. Relevant standards, FDA guidance documents, and other resources will be discussed that assist in determining compliance practices.

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