Industry Training for Medical Device Manufacturers

AAMI offers all of its Quality System training programs on an in-house basis; learn more here.   Registration forms:  2017 Registration and 2018 Registration.

Application of Agile to the Development of Medical Device Systems

For many years software development teams have been using Agile Software Development methods, but Agile is not just for software. Agile’s Lean Product Development principles also apply to the development of hardware-based products and systems. This two and a half day course goes beyond small-team and software-only applications and demonstrates how Agile practices can be used in the development of medical device systems.

  • September 19–21, 2018, Arlington, VA

Applying Human Factors to Improve Instructional Materials as Part of the User Interface

This two day course provides participants with a process and methodology for those involved in the design, development and human factors testing of instructional materials for medical device users that is consistent with industry standards and guidelines including FDA, the AAMI 3-Day Human Factors Workshop and AAMI TIR 49. Faculty with a combined 58 years of experience skillfully lead participants through case studies and interactive exercises creating a dynamic and high immersion environment resulting in real skill development.

  • September 10–11, 2018, Arlington, VA

Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) Requirements and Industry Practice

This 2 day course provides intensive coverage of the elements of a corrective and preventive action (CAPA) system. Some primary topics include: the purpose of a CAPA system and how it is integrated throughout a Quality Management System; appropriate data sources and how to coordinate, analyze and manage them; methods for verifying and / or validating actions; how to write good CAPA plans; how risk management is used in conjunction with the CAPA system; and 21 CRF and ISO 13485 requirements.

  • June 12–13, 2018, Arlington, VA

Design Control Requirements and Industry Practice

This intensive 2½ day course covers the practical application of the design control requirements of the Quality System regulation to medical devices. This course offers FDA and industry the unique opportunity to participate in a shared learning experience. Examples of design control tools, templates, and practices, in use by AAMI member companies, stimulate discussion and provide a practical resource for future reference. Case studies and situation analyses are used throughout the program to help participants analyze potential areas of noncompliance, identify improvements, and evaluate the various methods of managing a design control program. The content focuses on the how-to's of implementing a program that meets FDA's design control requirements while ensuring a fast and efficient flow of new products.

Developing and Validating Software for the Medical Device Industry

This 3-day workshop provides attendees with guidance on designing software validation plans that build confidence in the software and comply with regulatory requirements.The workshop is exercise-driven to allow attendees to apply appropriate validation tools and techniques for embedded device software, off-the-shelf software, and quality system (non-device) software. Case studies on traceability analysis, requirements writing, test designs, and validation planning give examples and possible solutions to validation activities.

Effective Application of Agile Practices in the Development of Medical Device Software

Upon completion of this 2-day course, participants will be able to evaluate the challenges with the use of Agile practices and be prepared to adapt these practices as needed to ensure the development of compliant, safe, and effective products. This course builds on the concepts in AAMI TIR45:2012, Guidance on the use of agile practices in the development of medical device software

  • October 15–16, 2018, Las Vegas, NV

Human Factors for Medical Devices

This 3-day course offers participants a comprehensive overview to human factors as it relates to medical devices. It includes regulatory requirements of FDA, specifically the interpretation from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Human Factors Team, as they relate to human factors, and the process of applying human factors in design controls during the design of a medical device. The course also includes the regulatory perspective of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and the impact of human factors on pharma. 

  • November 13–15, Arlington, VA
  • January 30–February 1, 2018, Arlington, VA
  • April 30–May 2018, Arlington, VA
  • September 17–September 19, 2018, Arlington, VA
  • October 15–17, 2018, Dublin, Ireland

Industrial Ethylene Oxide Sterilization for Medical Devices

This highly interactive 3.5-day, advanced course assumes that participants are experienced in working with an established ethylene oxide sterilization process, but are now challenged with ensuring the continued effectiveness and assessing change for the product or process. The program combines classroom lecture with real-life scenarios to illustrate concepts and situational analyses that provide participants with the opportunity to apply what they learn to actual sterilization scenarios. Some of the topics to be covered are: validation and requalification; validation reports, protocols, and documentation; product adoption; troubleshooting; process changes and process equivalency; product release methods; and optimization of sterilization process.

  • August 28–31, 2018, Arlington, VA

Industrial Sterilization for Medical Devices

Industrial Sterilization for Medical Devices is a comprehensive 4 day course covering essential information on sterilization technologies and methods, sterilization standards, FDA requirements, critical factors in product design and product release decisions, and much more.

Integrating Risk Management into the Quality System

This comprehensive  2.5 day course for medical device manufacturers presents risk management concepts used throughout the quality system as well as the lifecycle of the product, from design…to manufacturing…through post-production. 

  • March 12–14, 2018, Arlington, VA

Process Validation Requirements and Industry Practice

This 2.5-day course provides attendees with practical tools and techniques for process validation requirements for FDA’s Quality System regulation and recognized Process Validation Guidance from the Global Harmonization Task Force. The program includes industry best practices and real-life process validation examples. 

Demonstrate Return on Investment (ROI) to employers by completing and passing the Process Validation Post-Course Test. This optional, one-hour, self-assessment tests your mastery of the course materials and your ability to correctly interpret the Quality System regulation. This optional post-test which is available online for 2 weeks following the end of the program, will be available to all participants.

  • April 18–20, 2018, Arlington, VA
  • May 21–23, 2018, Dublin, Ireland

Purchasing Controls & Supply Chain Management

This 2½ day course provides extensive information on effective implementation of supplier selection and controls. This detailed course covers the key aspects of supplier controls, from planning for supplier assessment/selection, to defining acceptance activities, to monitoring supplier performance. Each topic is presented from a practical perspective, with links to the requirements of the Quality System regulation, the ISO 13485 standard, risk management considerations, and pertinent Global Harmonization Task Force guidance.

The course also covers life-cycle management approaches for a medical device manufacturing organization’s supply chain. The course includes substantial “hands-on” exercises to allow attendees to apply concepts and interact with colleagues, and provides specific industry examples.

  • April 25–27, 2018, Arlington, VA

Quality System Requirements and Industry Practice

This intensive 4-day program provides quality system professionals with the basic knowledge and skills needed to develop a quality system program that conforms with the FDA's Quality System Regulation. Course content is the culmination of almost two years of consensus development on the part of a respected group of more than thirty quality system experts from leading device manufacturing companies, the FDA, and consultants to the industry. In 1999, this program was selected as part of the mandatory training for European Conformity Assessment Bodies under the US/EU Mutual Recognition Agreement. In 2003, FDA made attendance at the Quality System course part of the training criteria for its Accredited Persons Program.

The Quality System and ANSI/AAMI/ISO 13485: Navigating Regulatory Requirements

This intensive 4 ½ day course provides quality system professionals with the knowledge needed to develop and maintain a quality system program that conforms with the FDA's Quality System Regulation (21 CFR 820) and International Organization for Standardization 13485:2016. Course content is the culmination of years of consensus development on the part of a respected group of quality system experts from leading device manufacturing companies, FDA, industry consultants and members of ISO standard development teams for standards such as 13485 and ANSI/AAMI/ISO 14971:2007(R)2016 Medical Devices—Application of Risk Management to Medical Devices.

  • March 26–March 30, 2018, Arlington, VA
  • April 16–April 20, 2018, Arlington, VA
  • April 30–May 4, 2018, Freising, Germany
  • June 18–22, 2018, Arlington, VA
  • September 24–28, Arlington, VA
  • October 1–5, 2018, Dublin, Ireland

Radiation Sterilization for Medical Devices

This 3.5-day program covers principles, processes, industry best practices, and industry standards in radiation sterilization for medical devices. Some of the topics covered are: FDA expectations regarding successful submissions and inspections, recalls, problem solving, and risk avoidance; scientific theory and principles of radiation sterilization; and the 11137 series radiation sterilization standards.

  • October 16–19, 2018, Arlington, VA

Regulatory Requirements for Software Validation

This 3-day course focuses on the requirements contained in the Quality System regulation specific to software validation. The course explores the latitude and flexibility of the FDA's expectations and provides conceptual ways to meet compliance requirements. Relevant standards, FDA guidance documents, and other resources will be discussed that assist in determining compliance practices.

  • March 19–21, 2018, Arlington, VA

Software Validation Workshop: Practical Tools & Techniques

This 3 day course supplies attendees with practical tools and techniques for software validation for embedded device software, Off-The-Shelf software, and Quality System (Non-Device) software. It includes real life software validation examples utilizing Engineering & Software Quality "best practices." The workshop includes practical information on a variety of topics such as writing useful & testable requirements, techniques for testing, and streamlining quality processes for development and validation efforts.

  • October 17–19, 2018, Las Vegas, NV