Risk flowchart you won’t find in EN ISO 14971:2012

If you are concerned about marketing your devices in Europe, don’t be fooled by the flowchart in the international version of ISO 14971:2007. It is WRONG...from the perspective of European medical device regulatory requirements.
Long story short – here is a flowchart I developed based on my interpretation of the European view of medical device risk management.

Lazzara Euro RM Flow Chart


Published by Sam Lazzara

Sam Lazzara is a Biomedical Engineer (MS Case Western, BS Brown University) and Certified Biomedical Auditor with 30+ years medical device experience. Sam’s systems and documents have delighted dozens of regulatory auditors from the United States FDA, the California Department of Health, and a flock of European Notified Bodies. He has guided quality system implementation for over 20 firms, leading to third-party certification and government approvals. A medical device start-up specialist, Sam provides state-of-the-art solutions tailored to the needs of each client. He mentors clients on all aspects of quality assurance and regulatory affairs. Sam gets particularly excited about design control, risk management, and post-market surveillance.