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A major leap forward in the development of medical technology
Apply simulation in accordance with the latest guidelines and standards in a regulatory-compliant manner – so that you can fully exploit the potential of simulation. We accompany you with experience and know-how to support you in the approval of your medical device with state-of-the-art simulation techniques.
Faster approval through in silico tests
Better risk management using ASME approved processes
Objective evidence of product performance and safety for technical documentation
Computer modeling and simulation have proven their value in highly complex and critical technology sectors such as aerospace, chip design, and power engineering. These reliable simulation methods have the potential to revolutionize medical device approval by reliably replacing in vitro and in vivo testing with in silico testing.
In the future, the use of ethically difficult animal and human testing will be shifted to the level of virtual test setups including virtual patients, providing early opportunities to safely test and adapt product developments. Accelerated medical device approval will thus be possible and can also be planned in terms of time.
A medical device is an article intended to be used in the human body to improve, monitor or treat health. Before a medical device can be marketed, it must be approved by the appropriate regulatory agency. In the U.S., this is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); in Europe, it is the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
To get a medical device approved, the manufacturer must submit extensive documentation and clinical data showing that the product is safe and effective. This data is reviewed by the competent authority to ensure that the product meets the requirements. If the product is approved, the manufacturer will receive an approval number that must be included on the product.
Medical device approval is an important step in ensuring that devices used by patients and healthcare professionals are safe and effective. However, approval is not a guarantee that a product is free of risk. It is important that patients and healthcare professionals carefully consider the risks and potential side effects of medical devices and educate themselves on the proper use of the product to minimize the risk of complications.
Medical devices are subject to extensive specifications designed to ensure that the products are safe and effective. These requirements are set by the responsible authority and can vary depending on the country and region. In the USA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for regulating medical devices, while in Europe it is the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
The specifications for medical devices include requirements for the safety, effectiveness, quality and performance of the device. These include, for example, requirements for the materials from which the device is made, the packaging and labeling, the application and use of the device, and the documentation and records that must be maintained by the manufacturer.
It is important that medical device manufacturers adhere to these requirements to ensure that their products are safe and effective. The competent authority monitors compliance with these requirements and may take action, such as withdrawing the product from the market or imposing penalties, if the rules are violated.
The testing of medical devices is subject to extensive standards and specifications set by the responsible authority. These specifications and standards are used to ensure that the products are safe, effective and do not endanger the health of patients.
In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for regulating medical devices and has established extensive specifications and standards for medical device testing. These include, for example, the Quality System Regulation (QSR), which sets requirements for quality control and assurance of medical devices, and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), which sets requirements for the manufacture of medical devices.
In Europe, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is responsible for regulating medical devices and has also established extensive specifications and standards for medical device testing. These include, for example, the Medical Devices Directive (MDD), which sets requirements for the conformity of medical devices, and the Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive (AIMDD), which sets requirements for active implantable medical devices.
Medical device testing is a complex and extensive process performed by experienced experts. The results of the testing are reviewed by the competent authority to ensure that the product meets the requirements and can be approved.
Simulations play an important role in the approval of medical devices because they allow the behavior and effects of medical devices to be tested in a controlled and safe environment. Simulations in the “virtual lab” can help minimize the risk of complications and side effects and improve the safety and effectiveness of medical devices.
Simulations can be performed in a variety of ways. One commonly used method is virtual simulation, which uses computer simulations to study the behavior and effects of medical devices. These simulations can be used to simulate the effects of medical devices on specific body parts or tissues and test how the device interacts in the human body.
Another method of simulation is physiological simulation, in which medical devices are tested on real or simulated human body parts or tissues. These simulations can be used to test and evaluate the effect of medical devices on the human body under realistic conditions.
Simulations can be an important part of the medical device approval process. The results of simulations can be taken into account by the competent authority when deciding whether to approve the device. Simulations can help minimize the risk of complications and side effects and improve the safety and effectiveness of medical devices.
A medical device is an item intended to be used in the human body to improve, monitor or treat health. Whether a product is classified as a medical device depends on its function and use.
A device is classified as a medical device if it is specifically designed to be used in the human body and has a medical function. Examples of medical devices include medications, medical devices such as pacemakers or insulin pumps, artificial joints or implants.
Products that are not specifically designed for medical purposes and do not have a medical function are not classified as medical devices. Examples of such products include personal care products such as shampoos or deodorants, dietary supplements, or cosmetic products.
To determine whether a product is classified as a medical device, the competent authority, in the U.S. the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and in Europe the European Medicines Agency (EMA), must review the properties and use.
As a rule, medical devices may only be sold by manufacturers, distributors and other companies that have the required approval and license. This applies both to the sale of medical devices to end users and to the sale of medical devices to doctors, hospitals and other medical institutions.
Manufacturers of medical devices must have a valid approval and license to place their products on the market. This approval and license is granted by the competent authority, in the U.S. the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and in Europe the European Medicines Agency (EMA). To obtain approval and license, manufacturers must submit extensive documentation and clinical data showing that their products are safe and effective.
Distributors and other companies wishing to sell medical devices must also have the required approval and license. This approval and license is issued by the competent authority and grants the company the right to
The future is likely to see further changes in the approval of medical devices. Regulatory requirements for medical devices will likely continue to tighten to improve device safety and effectiveness. In addition, it is very likely that the digital evidence trend promoted by the FDA will take hold, leading to increased use of simulations and artificial intelligence (AI) in medical device approvals.
The company Simq is the pioneer of in silico medicine and is developing a platform that brings various solutions to medicine using numerical simulations and digital twin simulations.
This can offer several advantages in terms of the future of medical device approval, including:
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