SOFTWARE FOR MEDICAL DEVICES AND IEC 62304

BLENDED COURSE: ONLINE COURSE + LIVE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM SESSIONS

Develop and maintain software for medical devices according to the IEC 62304 standard with knowledge and confidence. This innovative blended course focuses on the process of developing software for medical devices, and is applicable to all types of software such as SaMD, apps, and embedded software.

The course covers the aspects of the IEC 62304 standard, as well as the relationship between IEC 62304 and other standards such as ISO 14971, IEC 60601-1 and IEC 82304-1. You learn the theory first during the online course, and then apply that theory during the two live virtual classroom sessions.

Blended course
Course length
approx.
22-32 hours
Next classroom sessions
25-26 Jan 2023
1PM-4:30PM CET
Course fee
(per person)

Course description

This course consists of two parts:

1. Introduction to Software for Medical Devices and IEC 62304 online course
2. Two half-day live virtual classroom sessions held by the course creator

First, you complete the popular introductory software for medical devices online course. It covers topics such as how to efficiently plan and document software, getting requirements right, how to approach software architecture and software risk management, how to perform software safety classification correctly and working with SOUP/OTS software. Note: The course does not cover coding.

You can start the online course immediately and have access to it for 6 months, but you must successfully complete the final exam prior to the classroom sessions. If you have already completed the online course, you can register for the classroom sessions only.

The unique, highly interactive live virtual classroom sessions are facilitated by Christian Kaestner, an expert in this field. During the sessions, you get to apply the theory you have learnt via case studies, workshops, and discussions. There is plenty of time for Q&As, and with a maximum of 8 people per classroom session, all participants have the opportunity to learn first-hand from an industry expert.

A printed course companion is included, as well as time-saving templates on how to implement software for medical devices effectively and efficiently.

We recommend this course to those who are working with software development, such as R&D engineers, quality assurance department and auditors of software development.

What is a blended course?

Our blended learning courses combine the best of both worlds: online training and two half-day live virtual classroom sessions afterwards.

The online training allows for the flexibility in the way you learn, so that you can learn in a way which suits you best. You can access it whenever and wherever you want, and you can stop, start, and repeat the lessons and quizzes as often as you would like. To help maximise your learning, you can check your knowledge and understanding every step of the way by taking the assessment test beforehand, as well as the checkpoint quizzes that are found throughout the course. Ultimately, you will take a final exam at the end of the course.

The classroom sessions are highly interactive and focuses on applying the theory you have learnt during the online course with the guidance of the expert instructor. There are real life case scenarios to work through and plenty of time for discussions and questions.

Christian Kaestner portrait

Christian Kaestner is a consultant and entrepreneur with a wealth of knowledge about the medical device industry. He is an expert member of the project team authoring IEC 62304 and also actively participated in the creation of IEC 82304-1.

He has extensive experience of medical device development and, as a software developer, a strong dedication to software development. In the software domain he has worked in many roles such as software developer, project manager, auditing and quality management.

Benefits for you

Checkmark MDHQ Understand why and how to work with software development

Software development for medical devices can be made incredibly abstract if there is too much focus on the intangible requirements instead of how to actually do the work. This course is very practical, you will be working on realistic tasks relating to the software lifecycle according to IEC 62304.

Checkmark MDHQ Blended learning combines the best of both worlds

You get to learn the theory at your own pace, during the online course, before applying the theory to practice with the guidance of an industry expert. You can get started on the online course right after registration and invoicing.

Checkmark MDHQ Get the big picture 

You will get a clear overview of software development for medical devices, from software risk management to planning, design and testing according to the IEC 62304 standard.

Checkmark MDHQ Course certificate

Auditors may look for evidence that you are competent in software development for medical devices. You will receive a course certificate after the successful completion of the course, which you can show the auditors if they ask.

Course structure

Blended-course-diagram

Online course

The online course comprises a mixture of pre-recorded videos, quizzes, and a final exam. You have the access to the online course for 6 months. It is self-paced and flexible in that you can start, stop, and repeat as much as you like. When you have finished the online course, you will be taking the final exam. The Introduction to Software for Medical Devices and IEC 62304 online course consists of 11 lessons which are outlined below.
  • Welcome
  • What you need to know
  • Set you course completion date
  • Pre-course asssessment quiz
  • What is software and what makes it different?
  • General software terminology
  • Introduction to the regulatory landscape
  • Introduction to classification of medical devices and software
  • IEC 62304 in relation to other standards
  • The gap between IEC 60601-1 and IEC 62304
  • IEC 82304-1 – A product standard for health software
  • Introduction to risk
  • Scope and general terminology – Part
  • Scope and general terminology – Part 2
  • General requirements (IEC 62304)
  • Development process and compliance
  • Software safety classification – Part 1
  • Software safety classification – Part 2
  • Software safety classification – Part 3
  • Legacy software
  • Understanding software risk management
  • Development process as risk control – Part 1
  • Development process as risk control – Part 2
  • Software risk management in IEC 62304 – Part 1
  • Software risk management in IEC 62304 – Part 2
  • Software causes
  • Software risk control measures
  • Development planning – Part 1
  • Development planning – Part 2
  • Development planning – Part 3
  • Configuration management
  • SOUPs – How to manage and document – Part 1
  • SOUPs – How to manage and document – Part 2
  • Software requirements – Part 1
  • Software requirements – Part 2
  • Software architecture – Part 1
  • Software architecture – Part 2
  • Software detailed design
  • Software unit implementation
  • Software integration testing
  • Software system testing
  • Software release
  • Maintenance plan
  • Problem resolution – the process
  • Change control
  • Course evaluation
  • Learn more in a live virtual class
  • The live virtual class product
  • Get your questions answered on the live virtual class

Classroom sessions

You will attend these two half-day live virtual instructor-led classroom sessions via Zoom. The focus is on practicing the new skills, knowledge, and understanding learnt during the online course, in a relaxed environment, with the guidance of an expert instructor. There are real-life case scenarios to work through, and plenty of time for discussions and questions.

The live virtual classes will cover all aspects of the IEC 62304 standard and the relationship between the IEC 62304 and other standards such as the ISO 14971 standard.

The maximum number of people in a classroom session is 8.

Included is a printed course companion and the following time-saving templates:

  • SOUP documentation
  • Software development plan
  • Software requirement verification
  • Hazard traceability matrix with software

Frequently asked questions

The blended course consists of two parts: the online course, and two half-day live virtual classroom sessions.

The online course is made up of carefully scripted pre-recorded videos in order to maximise your learning. The live virtual classroom sessions are virtual face-to-face sessions where you will be interacting with the instructor and the other course participants via Zoom. You are required to be visible on video when taking the classroom sessions.

The time spent on the course varies greatly. If you are a beginner or have very high ambitions, you will typically spend more time on it. If you are already experienced in the field, you will probably finish it more quickly. The online course takes 10-20 hours to finish on average.

You do not have to watch the whole course at once. In fact, you can pause, resume, and replay as often as you like. 

The two half-day live virtual classroom sessions take approximately 7 hours in total.

You will be receiving a course certificate after completing the final exam. The course certificate is available when you log in to your account. Go to “My Courses”, and scroll down. You will find it under “Your Course Certificates”.

After successfully completing the classroom session, you will receive a course certificate covering both the online course and the classroom session by email.

If you buy more 3 or more seats for one person, we do. Use the contact form to request a quote for 3 or more participants. Please note, if there are more than 5 people from your organisation that should take the course, consider arranging an in-house course. The price will be lower, and the course can be customised to your needs.
You will have access to the online course for six months.
The maximum number of participants for the live virtual classroom session is 8.

There is no pass/fail score on the exam as such, but you are required to achieve 85% or more on the final exam to be allowed to attend the classroom session. The check-point quiz questions that are available during the online course will be a good model of what you will get on the final exam.

If you do not achieve 85%, the final exam can be reset for an administrative fee of 50 EUR, and you can take it again.

If you have already completed the online course and taken the final exam more than 3 weeks prior to the classroom sessions, and regardless of whether you have achieved >85%, we will reset the final exam for you for free.

You will need to retake the final exam by 3pm CET the day before the classroom sessions. This is because we insist all participants have the information fresh in their mind in order to maximise the learning experience in the live virtual classroom sessions.

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

There is no certification or accreditation for software for medical devices courses. However, the instructor is an expert member of the project team authoring IEC 62304 and also actively participated in the creation of IEC 82304-1.

He has extensive experience of medical device development and a strong dedication to software development. In the software domain he has worked in many roles such as software developer, project manager, auditing and quality management. This ensures the instructor has access to leading-edge knowledge and information, which is the highest qualification available for teaching the course.

The fastest and easiest way to pay would be to use your company credit card. If you cannot do that, then you can select Direct bank transfer at the very end of the checkout process. You will receive an invoice instead, and you can pay by bank transfer.

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