Learn how to be effective in medical device safety during this self paced, interactive online course.

Take a look at our free short course on electrical medical device safety and 60601-1:


Course length 10-15 hours
Course fee (per person)
€ 449

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Course description

This online course focuses on identifying and managing applicable safety related requirements throughout the design control process.

The course is practical and is suitable for anyone working with development or maintenance of an electrical medical device, such as R&D engineers, product specialists, risk management specialists, regulatory specialists and the Quality Assurance department.

This online course covers an orientation of the entire IEC 60601 series of standards, how to identify and manage product specific requirements and how this process is integrated with the design control and risk management processes.

By the end of the course you will know how to navigate the requriements of the standards effectively.

Benefits for you

Become confident in how to develop a safe electrical medical device that meets type approval requirements

The goal is that upon completion of this course, you should be able to understand how to navigate and manage the many requirements of the IEC 60601 series of standards. You should be able to integrate these requirements with the risk management process throughout the design control process.

Self-paced learning

You will have access to the course for 6 months. The great thing about our online courses is that you can stop, repeat and resume as many times as you like during this time! This provides you with the flexibility to learn how, where and when you want.

Increase your communication skills across functions

Learn how to cooperate with design team members from other functional areas (electrical, mechanical, software, RA, QA, etc.) and avoid the confusion and frustration that is common when working with IEC 60601 and type testing.

Course certificate to prove to regulatory bodies you know your stuff

Auditors will look for evidence that you are competent in 60601-1. At the end of this course you will receive a course certificate which you can show auditors.

Claus Rømer Andersen - Instructor portrait

Claus Rømer Andersen is an accomplished trainer, consultant and facilitator in the medical device industry. With a background in electrical engineering, he has worked with regulatory navigation, approval management, device testing throughout his whole career.

He is recognized as having a pragmatic and solution oriented approach to helping development teams focus on relevant issues throughout the entire product life-cycle.

Course programme

0 Base Course

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01. Introduction
  • Welcome
  • What you need to know
  • Set your course completion date
  • Pre-course assessment
  • Why consider general safety – and what is it?
  • Which types of medical devices are in scope of IEC 60601
  • When to address IEC 60601 in the design process
  • The changing world of regulatory requirements and standards
02. Structure of the 60601 series of standards
  • Introduction to the 60601 series of standards
  • The general standard
  • Relationship with ISO 14971 on risk management
03. Key terminology
  • Basic safety and essential performance
  • How to determine which parts are applied parts
  • Identifying patient connections
  • How to categorise applies parts
  • Explanation of means of protection (MOP)
04. Proactive safety by design
  • Where most manufacturers go wrong
  • How to integrate with the risk management process – Part 1
  • How to integrate with the risk management process – Part 2
  • How to manage requirements
  • Effective identification of applicable risks and requirements
  • Iterative concept development, coupled with safety by design
  • Define your documentation architecture – Risk management file records related to safety
05. Identifying and managing requirements
  • Hazards, risks, test method, test level acceptance criteria
  • Systematic review and translation of the standards
  • Development of the insulation diagram
  • Identifying and managing critical components
  • Classifications according to the standard
  • Identifying insulation requirements – Part 1
  • Identifying insulation requirements – Part 2
  • Defining test plans and protocols
06. Design and development
  • The objective: Safe in NC and SFC
  • Critical components vs redundant design
  • Power supplies and batteries
  • Enclosure material and design (fire encl., IP)
  • Indicator lights
07. General requirements
  • General requirements related to safety
  • General requirements related to electromagnetic compatibility
  • General requirements related to usability engineering
  • Lifecycle managment of software
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08. Internal verification
  • Minimum requirements for inhouse testing
  • Documentation: records, test plans and test reports
  • Confidence in results and conclusions
09. Third party test and certification
  • On third party testing, accreditation and ‘CB Scheme’
  • Selection of laboratory
  • Request for quote
  • Preparing the documentation
  • Pre-testing
  • Preparing for test
  • Managing the test process
  • Evaluating the test results, reports and certificates
10. Product maintenance
  • Change control
  • Reasons for change
  • Impact assessment and gap analysis
  • Retesting
11. Summary and conclusion
  • Summary and conclusion
12. Final exam
  • Final exam
13. Course evaluation
  • Course evaluation
14. End of course
  • End of course

NOTE – Course programme is subject to change

Do you think you will learn more from a classroom course?

This course is also delivered as a blended course, where we combine the best of two worlds. You start with the online course, and then attend a live virtual 1-day classroom session with more in-depth information and practice.

Frequently asked questions

Is the course a live webinar?

The course is not a webinar. This online course is made up of carefully scripted pre-recorded videos to maximize your learning. You can watch it as many times as you like, whenever and wherever you want. You can not download the course though, thus you will need to have an internet connection to take the course.

How long does it take to complete the course?

All in all, the average time to complete the course is 10-15 hours, but you can complete it in less time if you don’t repeat any of the lessons and have just one attempt at the quizzes. Please note, you don’t have to watch the whole course at once. In fact you can pause, resume and replay as often as you like. The only limitation is the final exam, where you will only have one shot.

How long will I have access to the course?

You will have access to the course for six months.

What if I lose internet connection during the final exam?

You need to have contact with our servers for your results to register on the final exam. If your computer for some reason has a problem and does not allow you to send the result of the final exam to our servers, we recommend that you take a photo or a “print screen” of the screen with your results. E-mail this image to us and we will investigate if you have successfully completed the exam and therefore should receive a course certificate even though the result has not been registered, or if you have to do the final exam again.

Can I fail the final exam?

There is no pass/fail on the final exam (as long as you complete it within the time frame). Your result will be printed on the course certificate which means you can be really proud of your result if you get between 90% and 100% of the answers correct!

Where can I find my course certificate?

The course certificate is available for download after completing the final exam. All you need to do is log in to your account, go to My Courses and scroll down. You will find it under Your Course Certificates.



What payment methods will you accept?

You can pay using a credit card. You will receive a receipt of payment over email. Reach out to us on if you would like to be invoiced instead. Please note, if you would like to be invoiced, this will take longer and you will incur an invoicing fee.

Can I view the course on a mobile device?

Yes, you can. The course is in HTML5 format which will play on any new iOS, Android or Windows devices.

Do you offer volume discounts?

If you buy more than 5 seats, you may want to consider group purchase, which will give you discounted prices for seats on the course. Reach out to us using the contact form below and let us know how many seats you are interested in purchasing.

Can a colleague and I take the course at the same time?

The course is personal, that means you buy a license for one person. It is also really inexpensive compared to any traditional course with the same scope. If you have more than one person needing the course, please purchase another seat on the course.

Is the instructor accredited or certified to give this training?

There is no certification or accreditation for IEC 60601, however the instructor has conducted training in the field for many years and continuously participates in authoring standards such as the IEC 60601-1 and the collateral standards. This ensures the instructor has access to leading edge knowledge and information which is the highest qualification available for teaching the course.

What are the pre-requisites for this course?

There are no prerequisites for this course, though a general working knowledge of design control and risk management is expected.


It is a very high quality online course that I will recommend to my colleagues. The high density of the topic makes it ideal for a video course for me so I can see special topics more than once. It is evident that Claus Rømer Andersen knows what he is talking about from many years of practical experience with test and consultancy within electrical safety.

Good job!

Klaus Bang Andersen

Risk Manager, UNEEG Medical

This was well presented, comprehensive but always succinct and to the point; condensing some fairly complex concepts from EN60601-1 and providing plenty of practical take away ideas and methods to apply in device development.

Highly recommended!

Ben Bristow

Director, theDesignLink Limited

Group purchase

You can make a single seat purchase through the shopping cart on Medical Device HQ using a credit card or bank transfer. Please note that, when buying for yourself, the course access is linked to the email address, and the name you enter on checkout.

For a multiple seat purchase, click the button below which will take you to the product page where you can simply enter the number of seats you require.

With a group purchase, we can grant you (or another person you assign) group leader access which enables management of your group, including both adding and removing participants, and receiving progress reports and quiz reports.

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