MHRA Updated Guidance on Software: Understanding Medical Device Status and Regulation
Updated: Jun 19
In the ever-evolving field of medical devices, software applications (apps) are playing an increasingly significant role. To ensure the safety and effectiveness of these apps, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued updated guidance on software regulations. In this blog post, we will delve into the MHRA's latest guidance, exploring when software apps are considered medical devices and how they are regulated. Stay informed and discover how to navigate this dynamic landscape effectively.
Understand the MHRA's criteria for software as a medical device (SaMD) and how it differs from hardware medical devices. Discover the key factors that determine whether a software app qualifies as a medical device, including its intended purpose and usage. Gain clarity on the regulatory implications and obligations for software apps designed for medical purposes such as diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment, or alleviation of disease.
Uncover the different risk classifications and corresponding regulatory pathways outlined by the MHRA. Learn about the specific requirements for Class I, IIa, IIb, and III software apps, based on their associated risks and intended use. Understand the importance of providing clinical evidence to demonstrate safety, performance, and effectiveness for higher-risk software apps. Get insights into the role of notified bodies and conformity assessments for certain classifications. Distinguish between standalone software apps and accessory software in terms of their regulatory obligations. Gain an understanding of the unique requirements and considerations for each type. Explore how standalone software apps are evaluated based on their intended purpose, while accessory software apps are assessed in relation to their role in supporting or supplementing the performance of hardware medical devices.
With the MHRA's updated guidance on software as a medical device, stakeholders in the software app industry can navigate regulations effectively and prioritize patient safety. Stay informed, comply with the appropriate regulatory requirements, and implement robust post-market surveillance systems. Embrace collaboration and international harmonization to drive innovation and facilitate market access. For the latest information and accurate guidance, refer to the MHRA's official website and resources.
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