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Applying the Regulations for Health Apps and Medical Device Software

5-week online course | 2 hours per week

3 August - 11 September 2020

Online Academy

Are you aware of the methodologies available to identify and manage risk associated with your software? Is your software product compliant with the recent usability and effectiveness guidelines laid out in the Medical Device Regulation (MDR)?

Health software qualifying as a medical device must comply with the general safety and performance requirements (GSPR) pertaining to safety and security. In addition, under the MDR, developers must demonstrate compliance with development guidelines (such as IEC 62304 & IEC62366) ensuring user-friendly and effective devices. Using practical examples, this 6-module course teaches you bes tpractices to apply EU safety and security regulations ensuring your device is fully compliant. You will also learn various testing and evaluation strategies outlined in the MDR to create apps and software that meet usability and effectiveness requirements.

If you are involved in the development of health software, or responsible for regulatory or developmental control, then this course details everything you need to know to ensure you are compliant with the evolving MDR.

If you would like to start the course sooner than advertised simply get in contact with our training consultants by emailing and we will arrange this for you as soon as possible. 

Koen Cobbaert

Koen Cobbaert represents COCIR in numerous work groups at European level. COCIR is the European Trade Association representing the medical imaging, radiotherapy, health ICT and electro-medical industries. In 2009 COCIR created its software task force, which Koen has been chairing ever since. He put on paper the first draft of the qualification decision tree, which was later successfully adopted by the Member States in “MEDDEV 2.1/6 on the qualification and classification of standalone software”.

Under Koen’s leadership COCIR’s software task force has contributed to the 1st and 2nd edition of this MEDDEV and has proposed the IMDRF work item on software as a medical device, which ultimately lead to IMDRF guidance on the qualification, risk stratification and clinical evaluation of software as a medical device. Currently Koen’s work focuses on drafting the European guidance for classification of medical device software, which is expected to clarify among others the use of classification rule 10 and 11 under the Medical Device Regulation (MDR).

Koen Cobbaert wrote several COCIR papers on a variety of software-related topics under the MDR: qualification of and responsibilities for rules engines, programming and runtime environments and libraries for dataflow programming and machine learning, economic operator requirements for app stores and digital marketplaces, significant changes of software, UDI numbers, etc.

Via COCIR’s standards focus group Koen Cobbaert contributed to the development of IEC 82304 on safety requirements for health software and IEC 62304 on software lifecycle processes. Koen co-authored the FAQ on IEC 62304, which has been translated in several languages. Via COCIR’s North American sister organisation MITA Koen also contributed to several FDA guidance papers, including the guidance papers on patient and clinical decision support systems and on computer-assisted detection devices applied to radiology images and radiology device data.

Koen Cobbaert has over 15 years of hands-on experience in establishing regulatory strategies, writing technical files and 510(k)s, performing worldwide regulatory submissions and moderating risk management and clinical evaluation discussions for software applications for general radiology, oncology, neurology, cardiology and orthopaedics, computer algorithms for pattern recognition, computer aided detection, reasoning engines, decision support, clinical pathways, general systems such as HIS, LIS, IVD, PACS, EPR and mobile apps.

Koen Cobbaert has a Master in Risk Management and Electrical Engineering
Currently Koen Cobbaert works for Philips Healthcare as quality and regulatory manager.

  • Understand the importance of cybersecurity for health apps by learning about the key principles of data integrity
  • Learn to minimise safety and security risks by applying methodologies detailed under GSPR
  • Understand key risk management strategies to adequately identify safety and security risks associated with your software
  • Develop your project management techniques to maximise the efficiency of your daily processes
  • Build-on your knowledge of the International Standards relating to the usability of your software device.
  • Discover key considerations for clinical investigations, evaluations and post-market activities for your device
  • Apply a range of different software platforms, plugins and design controls to your own health app or software
  • Develop key project management techniques to effectively design your device

This course is a suitable follow on for attendees from ‘Navigating the Regulations’ online course and is also suitable for professionals who work in software development who wish to further their understanding of how to apply the EU regulations to their product. Popular areas include:

  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Quality control
  • Software Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Clinical Evaluators
  • Post-market vigilance

MDTI online academies are perfect for busy professionals as they require just 2 hours per week of your time, and include an interactive forum for you to ask direct questions about challenges you are facing to expert course leaders.

Modules are released on a weekly basis so you can pace yourself alongside your peers and you will have access to a comprehensive set of assets to support your learning such as video content, quizzes and case studies.

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One module will be uploaded per week, allowing you to study at your own pace. Your trainer will welcome any questions that arise throughout your course.

Please note that full payment must be made prior to the course start date in order to receive your login details to begin the course.

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