About this online course


Gain the fundamental and practical knowledge required for developing medical devices, from design to implementation, in compliance with the European Medical Devices Regulation.

Rules and regulations for medical devices in Europe are vital knowledge for anyone working in or interested in this increasingly regulated and dynamic field. Compliance with these regulations is not just an obligation, but also a key factor of success in the evolving world of medical device development.

Whether you are a user, engineer, or researcher, adherence to these regulations is essential. This course equips participants to not only meet these standards but also become valuable advisors in areas where medical devices are developed, designed, sold, or utilized.

This crucial guide will allow you to immerse yourself in the intricacies of European Medical Device Regulation, ISO standards, and local examples, to gain a profound and practical understanding of the legal landscape and its implications of the practical side of developing medical devices. 

Upon completion, you will have the knowledge to identify and assess risks associated with medical device development and usage, and how to facilitate the effective and safe introduction of medical devices.

Overall, this knowledge forms the foundation for ensuring the safety and efficiency of medical technology, allowing participants to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of the field and ensure compliance with the latest regulations.

What You'll Learn

After taking this course participants should be able to:

  • Guarantee the safety and efficiency of medical technology developments and their application
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of laws and regulations regarding medical devices 
  • Recognize and assess risks related to the development and use of Medical Devices
  • Propose design improvements for safety
  • Establish the safe and effective introduction of medical devices into a hospital


Course Syllabus

Week 1: Medical Devices Regulation

Introduction, definitions, classes of devices, overview of CE conformity procedures.

Week 2: Development of Medical Devices

CE conformity procedures in detail, Annex I, based on example device(s).

Week 3: Risk Analysis

ISO14971, ISO TR 24971, link to TU Delft’s Forensic Engineering method (as taught in the MOOC Forensic Engineering).

Week 4: Clinical Research

Art. 82 etc., Annex XIV & XV, ethical standards.

Week 5: Introduction and Implementation of Medical Devices in the Clinic

“Convenant Veilige Toepassing van Medische Hulpmiddelen” as example, selecting and introducing medical devices into the hospital, maintenance, repairs, in-house developments, custom devices.

Week 6: Final Assignment and Wrap-up

Choose from three devices: classify it and perform brief risk analysis, answer law-related questions, and take part in design improvement quizzes.


This is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that runs on edX.


Some affinity with medical devices or the design thereof.

  • Starts: Sep 05, 2024
  • Free | Earn certificate for $149
  • Group fee: contact us
  • Length: Self-Paced
  • Effort: 4 - 6 hours per week / 6 weeks

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