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NSAI is happy to announce that the public enquiry draft of ISO 14971-Medical Devices- Application of Risk Management is now available on Your Standards Your Say, until the 12th of September 2018. This period of public enquiry is now closed.

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The main changes in the draft of ISO DIS 14971 are:

  • Clause on normative references included
  • Terms are updated to include a definition on benefit and to align with the new ISO/IEC Guide 63
  • Greater focus on benefit-risk analysis and more attention given to the benefits that are expected from use of the medical device
  • Explained that process in the standard can be used for managing all types of risks associated with medical devices including those related to data and system security
  • Method for evaluation of overall residual risk and the criteria for acceptability must be defined in the risk management plan
  • Before commercial distribution a review of the execution of the risk management plan is completed and the results are documented as a risk management report. The manufacturer must determine when subsequent reviews and updates to the risk management plan are needed
  • Clarification on production and post-production information including details on the information to be collected and the actions taken when information is determined to be relevant to safety
  • Several informative annexes are moved to the guidance document ISO TR 24971 which is being developed in parallel
  • Annex B lists comparison between clauses of the 2nd edition and the proposed 3rd edition.

This revision work is being carried out by ISO Technical Committee TC 210 – Quality management and corresponding general aspects for medical devices. For more information on the current work programme of ISO TC 210 see the ISO website -

NSAI can facilitate national experts getting involved in international standards work for the medical device sector. For more information see Healthcare standards or contact the national secretary, Linda Hendy on