Medical equipment

Keeping healthy and safe

By Claire Marchand

This month, e-tech focuses on standardization work and conformity assessment for certain types of medical electrical equipment and systems.

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The trust issue

Medical staff needs to trust the reliability of the instruments and equipment used in medical practices to make a diagnosis or in the operating room to perform surgery.

Widely adopted standards

IEC TC 62 and its SCs prepare International Standards for Electrical equipment in medical practice. Its work entails coordination with many other TCs, such as TC 29: Electroacoustics, which develops International Standards that have contributed to major advances in the performance of hearing aids over the years.

TC 29 prepares also International Standards for equipment used to measure sound levels. These are used in many sectors, including the civil aviation industry to curb noise levels.

Medical robotics developing fast

Medical robotics now represents a fast-developing and significant domain which is having a major impact in the medical environment. It greatly improves the treatment of many illnesses and contributes to a speedy recovery for patients. Experts from IEC SC 62A work in an IEC/ISO Joint Working Group to develop International Standards for medical electrical equipment and systems using robotic technology.

Importance of conformity assessment

While IECEE ensures that electrical and electronic devices and equipment are reliable and meet expectations in terms of performance, safety, durability and other criteria, IECQ certification provides manufacturers of medical electrical equipment with the assurance that the electronic components they use are of the highest quality.

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