PERTH, Australia – A review by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) revealed that medical device recall databases may significantly under-represent software errors, causing harm to patients. These under-reported events are due to patients being unaware how to report problems, inadequate information being reported, effects of software errors being too subtle or difficult to detect, or root cause analyses that may not identify software as the source of error when it causes other components to fail.
The comment period has closed on the U.S. FDA’s discussion draft for artificial intelligence (AI) in medical devices, a paper that attracted the attention of medical societies and regulated industry. One of the questions posed by industry was whether the FDA is in a position to deal with the massive volumes of data developers would have to disclose to the agency, creating concern that such disclosures would amount to little more than an obligatory and useless data dump.
The implementation date for the EU’s new med-tech regulatory framework has been pushed back a year, giving device makers much-needed breathing room for compliance work. At the same time, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has not fulfilled the planned May update of its device clinical investigations standard, ISO 14155.