Introduction to functionality
Gruppo SASI offer for the management of the Technical File for Medical Devices is developed in full compliance with the legislation in force for the European community as illustrated in the REGULATION (EU) 2017/745 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 5 April 2017 on medical devices, amending Directive 2001/83/EC, Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 and Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009. and repealing Council Directives 90/385/EEC and 93/42/EEC. The definition for the Technical File is provided in Annex II "TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION" and in the following subparagraphs, in Annex III "TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION ON POST-MARKET SURVEILLANCE" and in Annex IV "EU DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY". The organizational model useful to face the amount of documents that will have to be produced and that will become mandatory from May 2021 needs a computer tool comparable to a document management on the eCTD model in use in the pharmaceutical world.
The Gruppo SASI’s “TechFile Manager” solution for document management aimed at the
electronic production of the Technical File has been developed and is
based on some important elements such as:
CFR 21 Part 11 and Annex 11 compliance:
The system have the necessary validation capabilities including:
- User profiling: guarantees access and rights to both the various menu functions and documents;
- Versioning: every change made to every single paragraph of every version comes archived with the possibility of consultation and eventual restoration;
- Audit Trail: keeps track, with the possibility of consultation by authorized users, of the main operations carried out on the application. In addition, the system meets the requirements of the Notified Bodies and is developed according to the guidelines in Gamp5.
Support of the entire Technical File documentary cycle
By inserting the main metadata, which will subsequently be proposed and/or reused by the system in the following editions (Name of Medical Devices, No Version, Holder, No Notified Body), the application develops the entire document structure of which the Technical File is composed by inserting for all paragraphs the correct title, header and footer in the desired representative style,and each document can incorporate predefined templates (E.g. General Safety Requirements).
Creation of the electronic Technical File without user involvement
By calling the appropriate function from the main menu, the publishing is automatically carried out, which creates the package to be sent to the Notified Body, consisting of the folder tree, the relevant paragraphs converted to pdf format with the relocation of hyperlinks, the indexing of chapters and subchapters and, above all, an Index.xml to use to navigate the electronic Technical File.
Life Cycle: Automation for Hyperlink Relocation and Revisions
Starting from the second electronic edition of the Technical File, the application provides a sophisticated management of the "life cycle" that, in addition to automatically relocate all the hyperlinks present in the initial version, through the identification of new or modified paragraphs creates and/or increases, always without the intervention of the user, the No of revision for the aforementioned paragraphs.
Tracking management of consolidated editions
Always starting from the second edition of the Technical File, once generated the electronic structure, the application stores in a specific directory the files in pdf format highlighting the changes occurred in the paragraphs that are part of the Technical File.
To finish, we want to underline that the system is developed with the collaboration of specialists working in the Medical Devices field and especially in the implementation and subsequent management of the Technical File. Therefore, the result is a constantly careful design to meet the most complex application needs entrusting the system with the correct interpretation of the legislation to allow users to focus exclusively on professional content of their role facilitating and streamlining day-to-day activities impacting on the documentary management of the Technical File and making it easier the consultation for Notified Bodies.