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Assurance Cases for Medical Devices - training course

Safety assurance cases are required by the FDA as part of 510(k) submissions for new infusion pumps. Adelard offers a 2-day training course on the development of safety assurance cases, covering the fundamental concepts, regulatory requirements, methodologies and best practice in the industry with an optional 3rd day on how to use the ASCE, the assurance case tool.

The training course is delivered by Dr Nick Chozos, Senior Consultant and Director Medical Devices at Adelard LLP. 

During the two days, real examples will be used. Exercises aiming to apply the theoretical concepts will also be performed, while a half-day workshop at the end of the second day will focus on developing a top-level assurance case structure that can form the basis for your actual assurance case.
The optional 3rd day, is an excellent opportunity to learn how to use ASCE, the software tool for the development and maintenance of assurance cases and delivery of assurance case reports. For more information please visit the ASCE training page. 

On-site training courses are also available to teams of four or more. The latest training courses will be tailored to the specific needs of your organisation and conveniently conducted on-site or at a location of your choosing. 

On-site courses are also possible in Europe or the USA.

Please contact us for more information.

Who should attend?

Experts in quality assurance, regulatory affairs and engineering can attend the training course. We recommend that a combination of staff from these areas participate, as these will all be providing input into the assurance case.

Course objectives

The aim of the course is to enable safety participants to:

  • Understand fundamental assurance case theoretical and methodological concepts
  • Apply these concepts towards meeting FDA requirements
  • Understand the technical and project challenges associated with developing an assurance case (and an assurance case report)
  • Address cyber-security within the safety assurance case

Fees & registration

  • 2-day course - £1500 + VAT
  • 3-day course - £2000 + VAT

Please note that we require a minimum of four attendees to deliver the training. 

If you are interested to register or have any questions please contact us

Course Programme

Duration:  2 days

Day 1

Session 1: Introduction to assurance cases

The first session provides a general introduction to assurance cases, drawing upon experience from all safety-critical industries that have historically been using assurance cases (rail, aviation, nuclear energy, defence). The following issues are covered:

  • What are assurance cases?
  • What is the problem they are trying to address?
  • What are the key concepts and terminology?
  • What is the lifecycle of an assurance case?
  • How are assurance cases used by the regulator?

Session 2: Assurance cases for infusion pumps

This session focusses on the requirements of the FDA for new infusion pumps. Here we will review the latest FDA guidance (2015) and explain and discuss how these apply to your project and device. The following issues are covered:

  • What is required by the FDA?
  • What are they key documents needed for the assurance case?
  • How does ISO:14971 and overall risk management feed into the assurance case?

Session 3: Developing assurance cases using CAE

This session is a tutorial on the application of the CAE approach; a method for systematically developing the (graphical) assurance case argument structure. The following issues will be covered:

  • Where do I start? Where do I stop?
  • How big should the assurance case argument be?
  • What types of arguments are available?
  • How do I decide what argument to use for a specific claim?

Day 2

Session 4: Best practice in assurance case development

In the beginning of the second day, this session provides an overview of a variety of practical issues that need to be considered from a project perspective. The following will be covered:

  • Who are the stakeholders involved?
  • How is size and complexity managed?
  • How is evidence integration managed?
  • What tools are available for assurance case development?

Session 5: Engineering challenges

This session focusses on a set of specific areas of engineering that are challenging and important to safety, and as such play a key role in the assurance case. The following will be covered:

  • Risk management and engineering
  • Human factors and usability
  • Software development
  • Cyber-security

Session 6: Half-day workshop

This final session is a practical workshop where the participants will be allowed to apply the concepts covered over the past 1.5 days in order to develop an assurance case structure that can be used as the basis for their actual assurance case.

The training course has been designed to allow plenty of time for questions and discussion. Previous courses have shown this is often very beneficial for participants.

Please contact us for further details.