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    What about deGRANDSON's ISO 14971 Courses?

    Before turning to our Risk Management Courses for medical devices, let's consider the subject of risk.

    What is Risk Management?

    Until about 15 years ago no one in business gave formal consideration to risk.  Yes, it was there in the books on management from business schools but the practical application of risk mitigation was something only insurance companies talked about.  Not so today.  And if your organization is not ‘up to speed’ on managing risk you are, at best, bleeding profit or, at worst, laying the groundwork for your organization’s demise.

    Our area of interest is ISO Management System Standards and in this post, we give you an overview of the many posts we have published on this topic.

    Risk management is the act of proactively identifying possible threats to an organisation and laying out appropriate measures to minimize their impact.

    A risk management plan can include but is not limited to an assessment of the organization’s structure, the identification of its key objectives, the allocation of resources in activities designed to effectively manage risks, the designation of people responsible for key tasks, and the development of strategies to ensure continual improvement of systems and processes among other things.

    ISO 14971 is not a requirement of ISO 13485, but …

    Section 7.1 of ISO 13485, the medical device management system standard, has a Note that states: ‘Further information can be found in ISO 14971.’  THEREFORE, the ISO 14971 Standard is not a requirement of ISO 13485; it’s not even given the status of a Guideline.  How do you meet the requirement of ISO 13485 that ‘The organisation shall document one or more processes for risk management in product realization.’?

    There are two key issues to note here …

    1. The threats to be treated here are risks to the user and/or patient safety, not a component failure or failure of a process activity to function as intended.

    2. Almost without exception, organisations certified to ISO 13485 choose to include ISO 14971 in their QMS.

    See also ISO 14971 Risk Management; 12 FAQs answered. And ISO 13485 requires Risk Management and Risk-based Thinking.

    How Can I Enroll in an ISO 14971 Training Course?

    Just examine these ISO 14971 Courses. Click on the course you are interested in to see their individual overviews.

    ISO 14971 Risk Management - Foundation Course

    ISO 14971 Risk Management - Advanced Course


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    Written by Dr John FitzGerald

    Director & Founder of deGRANDSON Global. Spent 15 years in the manufacturing industry and 25 years training, consulting & auditing management systems
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