Biomed News - March 2013

March 01, 2013

FDA to Study the Impact of Severe Weather on Medical Devices

Severe weather events and disasters have affected the country which can interfere with manufacturing, shipping, storage or use of medical devices. In turn, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have issued a request for comments on the topic of extreme weather effects on medical device safety and quality. 

The aim of this inquiry is to determine the necessary actions needed to address the risks brought by severe weather conditions.

The FDA will accept comments or information on the following scenarios:

  • Marketed devices already in use for patient care
  • New/Unused devices, components or accessories
  • Damage to medical device manufacturing sites

Aside from the given scenarios, a set of questions were also provided related to medical device safety and extreme weather conditions.

“In protecting public health, it is important that the FDA and industry be prepared for extreme weather,” said Steve Silverman, FDA’s Office of Compliance Director. “Anticipating and planning for the challenges of extreme weather can help the FDA and medical device manufacturers minimize potentially dangerous effects on the safety, effectiveness, and availability of medical devices.”

For more details on this study, visit http://www.regulations.gov.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Application Deadline for Spring Biomed Certification Exams Approaches

The Board of Examiners for Biomedical Equipment Technicians has announced the deadline for the Biomed Certification Exams Applications on March 23. The certification exams will be offered at more than 200 testing centers from the week of May 4 through May 11.

To learn more about the application process, visit https://www.aami.org/certification/download/handbook.pdf.

ACCE Co-Sponsors Clinical Engineering & IT Leadership Symposium

The American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) will co-sponsor the upcoming Clinical Engineering & IT Leadership Symposium entitled “Executing your Medical Device Integration Roadmap”. The symposium is open to all who are interested in medical device security, privacy, human factors, failure planning and project life cycle. The symposium will take place on March 3, 2013 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 278.

For more details, visit http://www.accenet.org

IBS to Hold Next Meeting

The Indiana Biomedical Society (IBS) will hold its next meeting on March 9 at Axxess Ultrasound. The meeting will start at 10am. The host for the said meeting is to be announced.

More information can be found on the organization’s website at http://www.indianabiomedical.com

MSCE to Hold March Meeting

The Michigan Society for Clinical Engineering (MSCE) will hold a meeting about RTLS/RFID on March 1 at VA Hospital, Detroit.

For more information on this upcoming meeting, visit http://www.michbmet.com/.

PAST EVENTS:

Pre-Show Planner Scheduled for Spring MD Expo

The Baltimore Medical Engineers and Technicians Society (BMETS) held a pre-show planner as part of their February meeting. Local Biomeds attended the pre-show planner to learn more about the upcoming Expo.

The event, sponsored by AIV Inc and MD Publishing, was held on February 21, 2013 in Baltimore, MD.

GBS Held 2013 Engineer's Week Science Center Exhibit

The Gateway Biomedical Society (GBS) held its Engineer's Week Science Center Exhibit last February 23 and 24. The exhibit was held at St. Louise Science Center.

To know more details about this event, visit http://gatewaybiomedicalsociety.camp9.org/.

NMBIO Discussed Informatics in Drug Discovery in Last Meeting

The New Mexico Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (NMBIO) addressed issues in drug discovery and repurposing during their last meeting. The meeting took place on February 12, 2013 at the BioScience Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For more details, visit http://www.nmbio.org.

NTBA Held February Meeting

The North Texas Biomedical Association (NTBA) held its association meeting on February 18 at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas Auditorium. The meeting started at 6PM.

To know more about the minutes of the meeting, go to http://www.ntba.org.

VBA Held 2013 Winter Meeting

The Virginia Biomedical Association (VBA) held its 2013 Winter Meeting at the Wintergreen Resort last February 8, 2013.

The meeting discussed the 2013 Joint Commission Standards, EOC Survey & Compliance. It also conducted a session on ISO 9001 Certification Means for biomedical engineers.

For more details about the meeting, visit http://www.vabiomed.org.

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Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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