Design Control Requirements

Learn to evaluate the degree of compliance of a design control system, including the identification and correction of noncompliance issues to meet regulatory requirements.


This intensive course provides three days of engaging virtual training on design control requirements for FDA Quality System Regulation, ANSI/AAMI/ISO 13485:2016, and the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP). With the participation of FDA representatives during the entire course, attendees have the unique opportunity to participate in a shared learning experience.

Program Objectives

Upon completing this course, participants will be equipped with the information to able to evaluate the degree of compliance of a design control system, including identification of noncompliance issues, and be prepared to implement the improvements needed to meet requirements.

This highly interactive course engages the learner with an in-depth discussion of industry best practices to learn how industry leaders address design control challenges. Exercises are designed to build a solid understanding of developing and applying design control requirements. Attendees will participate in structured discussions with their peers to develop solutions to solve current issues.

Examples of design control tools, templates, and practices, in use by medical device 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 non-compliance, identify improvements, and evaluate the various methods of managing a design control program. Course content is the culmination of years of consensus development on the part of a respected group of quality system experts from leading device manufacturing companies, FDA, and industry consultants.


This material will appeal to quality professionals, managers, and FDA staff. Instruction is targeted to professionals involved in risk analysis and management. Given the broad application of risk analysis, this material will be of value to professionals working across the entire product lifecycle, including R&D, manufacturing, packaging, logistics, supplier quality, marketing, sales, product support, and regulatory affairs. It will also appeal to FDA staff interested in the application of best practices to support quality systems.

Design Control Requirements Course Faculty:

David Nelson


David Nelson

Software Engineering Manager
Boston Scientific


David is a Software Engineering Manager with Boston Scientific and has been with them since 1998. He has worked on a variety of projects containing medical device software including implantable cardiac pacemakers & defibrillators, implantable stimulators, and external computers to program these devices. David has been involved in both the software development and verification/validation of these medical devices. He has also served on Boston Scientific’s Procedure Boards for 7 years. This has involved writing and reviewing the Software Validation and Design Control Procedures for Boston Scientific. Prior to joining BSC, David worked in the aerospace industry for 4 years with BFGoodrich Aerospace. While at BFGoodrich he developed DO178B Level A software for a Stall Protection Computer. David holds a BS in Electrical Engineering (with a Computer Option) from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. He also has a PMP Certification and a Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt. Hobbies include basketball, hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and spending time with his family.  

Samir Paliwal


Samir Paliwal
Sr. Director, Quality Assurance PerkinElmer

Samir Paliwal is Sr. Director for Quality at PerkinElmer, an Environmental, Food and Human Health company. Prior to joining PerkinElmer, he worked at Allergan, CR Bard and Covidien (now Medtronic) holding various positions in Quality and Operations. He has over 20 years of experience in the industry and has held positions primarily in Quality Assurance, and also in Product Development, Operations and Regulatory Affairs. His work experience includes development and management of quality systems, new product development and launch, post market surveillance, risk management, supplier management, and due diligence assessments to support acquisitions. He has experience working with the FDA, notified bodies and international governmental agencies towards ensuring compliance to FDA regulations (21 CFR 820), ISO 13485, and ISO 14971 including FDA Warning Letter remediation activities. Samir is a certified CQE, CQA, and Six Sigma Black Belt. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Graduate Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA.

Virtual Training Information

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