IEC 60601-1-11 Package Testing

This international standard applies to the basic safety of medical electrical equipment in the home healthcare environment. As an ISTA and ISO 17025 certified lab, we realize the importance of IEC 60601 testing. Meeting the home health care requirements can be difficult. We understand the challenges and guide companies through the process.

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Summary of IEC 60601-1-11 Home Health Care Testing

Medical electrical equipment – Part 1-11: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance – Collateral Standard: Requirements for medical electrical equipment and medical electrical systems used in the home healthcare environment.

IEC 60601-1-11 Introduction:

Medical practice increasingly uses medical electrical equipment and medical electrical systems for monitoring, treatment or diagnosis of patients in the home healthcare environment. The safety of medical electrical equipment in this uncontrolled environment with regard to the electrical installation and its related safety and protection means is a cause for concern.

The potential lack of training of the operator and possibly of those supervising the use of the medical electrical equipment or medical electrical system and their level of education need to be addressed in the development of the accompanying documents and in the relevant marking on the equipment itself so that this material can be understood.

IEC 60601-1-11 and EN 60601-1-11 testing procedures give special guidance on how this should be addressed in the instructions for use.

Within the two main categories are several sub-categories. These include mobile, portable, hand-held and body-worn. The IEC 60601-11-1 package testing standard includes the following chart that displays the qualitative assessment of home healthcare medical equipment subjected to shock and vibration:

Non-Transit-Operable Use

MobilePortableHand-HeldBody-Worn
Vibration1111
Shock1111
Drop1132

Transit-Operable Use

MobilePortableHand-HeldBody-Worn
Vibration2221
Shock2232
Drop2233

 

Even the normal use of medical equipment in the home healthcare environment can be hazardous. Patients and their families, especially children, can be rough when handling equipment.

To address these conditions, test methods have been designed based on the medical devices use categories. The IEC 60601-1-11 test standard assigned categories to devices. These categories are based on whether the equipment is designed to be stationary or moved during normal use.

IEC 60601-11-1 transit testing states provide a grey area in determining product failures. For instance, during testing, temporary interruptions of intended operation can be tolerated if consistent with essential performance.

IEC 60601-1-11 was developed with contributions from clinicians, engineers and regulators.

The terminology, requirements, general recommendations and guidance of EN 60601-1-11 are intended to be useful for manufacturers of medical electrical equipment and medical electrical systems and for technical committees responsible for the development of particular standards.

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