Writing for the Medical Device Regulated Industry


Jennifer Sturr
Senior Manager, Technical Publications at Accuray, Inc.


February 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM


February 28, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Writing for the Medical Device Regulated Industry

The Medical Device industry is responsible for the development, manufacture and distribution of medical devices used in all medical settings. Examples of medical devices can range from band aids and tongue depressors, to radiation equipment for cancer treatments and implantable heart devices such as pacemakers. In the United States, Medical Devices are placed into categories, or Classifications. These classifications determine the risk and quality controls needed to create and distribute the device. As part of this classification, the labeling requirements are also outlined. All medical devices, regardless of classification, require instructions for use, or labeling. Labeling is typically created by a combination of technical writers, regulatory specialists, engineers and manufacturing personnel. This is becoming a niche area for technical writers, especially those who know and understand the regulations that govern the labeling requirements.

This webinar is an introductory session for writers who are new to or want to work in the medical device industry. You will learn:

  • The definition of labeling
  • Classifications of medical devices and the impact on labeling
  • The regulations that govern medical devices in the US, Canada, EU, Japan and China
  • How to interpret the regulations
  • The impact of regulatory submissions on labeling
  • How to balance good writing practices and regulations

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