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Tentative IEC 60601 Training Schedule for 2020

22 Nov 2019 -- Current thinking for IEC 60601 training events is:

  • Boston area, Sep-Oct 2020, Safety 3.5 days, and EMC 1.5 days; and
  • San Francisco area, Sep-Oct 2020, Safety 3.5 days, and EMC 1.5 days.

This time frame will allow material to be updated after publication of amendment 2 for the general standard, and there will be corresponding amendments for all the collaterals, including IEC 60601-1-2 for EMC. The risk management standard is also being updated in this time frame. Pricing will be similar to last year, which was 1,925 usd for Safety, 1,095 usd for EMC, and 2,870 usd for both.

These details could change. Expect more information on site by early February. We'll send email notice to our mailing list when we update website with registration pages. Feedback is welcome.

Frank O'Brien among recipients of IEC 1906 Award

4 Oct 2019 -- Frank O'Brien and wife, Rita, were on hand at AAMI headquarters in Arlington, VA, on 19 Sep, for this year's US National Committee meeting where they awarded the IEC 1906 Awards to "recognize exceptional current achievements of experts". Frank won the Award for his 23 years of donating his time and expertise to the TC 62 medical electrical equipment (MEE) committee, including groups developing the standards for: general MEE, home healthcare, light ion accelerators, and robotically assisted surgical equipment.

Frank wants to thank his wife Rita, for supporting his work and travel, and his mentors though the years, including Joe Murnane (UL), Steli Loznen (Israel Testing Labs), Chuck Sidebottom (Medtronic), Dave Osborn (Philips), and Martin Schneeberg (TUV Sud). Steli and Hae Choe (AAMI) deserve a special thank you for putting my name forward.

Battery Powered EM Disturbance Requirements for Medical Equipment

21 Aug 2019 -- We've added a Part II to our battery powered equipment series, Battery powered EM Disturbance information to our Resources. This was Part I to our series, Battery powered Safety information.

Irish Medtech Ibec, Skillnet offering an IEC 60601 training course

13 Aug 2019 -- Irish Medtech Ibec is offering an IEC 60601 training course, in Dublin, on 10-11 Sep 2019. Frank O'Brien, our founder, is the instructor. More information and booking offer can be found here (link removed).

Battery Powered Safety Requirements for Medical Equipment

12 Aug 2019 -- We've added Battery powered Safety information to our Resources

ME Equipment -- smaller, faster to market, less expensive, and safe -- Clause 4.6 demystified

14 May 2019 -- We've added Clause 4.6 information to our Resources.

Specifying power supplies for MEE

3 May 2019 -- We've added Power Supplies information to our Resources

IEC 62368-1 as option for MOOP

19 Apr 2019 -- We've added IEC 62368 information to our Resources

Medical EMC Latest News

25 Feb 2019 --

IEC 60601-1-2 Edition 4.1

IEC Technical Committee 62, subcommittee 62A, Maintenance Team 23 held a week long meeting in mid February 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss comments from the latest committee draft circulated and to prepare for the first of two voting documents to be submitted before the final version of Edition 4.1 is published. The most significant changes will be the addition of low frequency magnetic field testing and clarification to the Risk Management requirements in Edition 4. The expected publication date for Edition 4.1 is summer 2020.

EMC Risk Management

Plans are underway to generate a new Technical Report within the IEC 60601 family to address the non-testable aspects of EMC to address Risk Management. No schedule has been set but an estimated publication date is sometime in 2021.

New Website Design

24 Feb 2019 -- We've redesigned our website with an eye towards display compatibility for phones and tablets as well as desktops, and getting training registrations up for 2019.

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