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Medical Device Approval Primer

Medical Device Approval Primer takes a close look at the complex world of regulatory approval pathways. With a focus on the FDA and EMA agencies, it identifies the regulatory compliance requirements and different medical device classifications, from Class I to III, that are critical to ensuring patient safety. This primer provides insight into the FDA and EMA organizational structure and approval pathways, such as 510(k), De Novo 510(k), PMN, and PMA. Learn about the importance of Quality System Regulations (QSR) requirements, Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), and Good Clinical Practices (GCP) used worldwide in medical device development. Become fluent in assessing risk and choosing the appropriate medical device approval pathway―grab your seat today!

Section 1: Medical Device Overview

Explore medical device sectors, regulatory history, and classification based on risk assessment.

Section 2: Medical Device Regulation

Discusses the medical device approval pathways; compliance laws like Code of Federal Regulations, Good Lab Practices, Good Clinical Practices, and current Good Manufacturing; risk management planning, and provides insight into global regulatory bodies.

Five Takeaways


  1. Identify the medical device industry’s major device sectors and worldwide regulatory organizations.
  2. Classify medical devices based on potential risks.
  3. Explain the major medical device approval pathways.
  4. Discuss how the Code of Federal Regulations and Good Practices enforces regulatory compliance.
  5. Develop a risk management plan for a medical device.


  • Closed Captioning in English, Spanish, French, French Canadian, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Standard Arabic
  • Transcripts in English, Spanish, French, French Canadian, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Standard Arabic
  • Course materials
  • Real-time tracking
  • Progress reporting
  • Accessibility features
  • Corporate account upgrades
  • LinkedIn certificate attachment
  • Verified certificates


  • How long do I have to complete an on-demand course?  You have one year from the date of purchase to complete the course. During that year, you may watch the class an unlimited number of times.
  • What happens if I don’t complete the course in one year?  There are no time extensions. If you want to complete the course, you must purchase it again.
  • How long are the on-demand classes?  Our longest course has a running time of 90 minutes. However, most have a running time of 45 minutes.  The running time is listed for each class on its registration page. The assessment at the end of each course takes between 10-20 minutes to complete.
  • Are there any downloadable class materials? No. All course slides and transcripts remain on your Biotech Primer dashboard, but they are always available for review.
  • What is the format of the on-demand classes?  The online class begins with the class objectives and the course itself and ends with a summary of what you learned. The course is a series of images and text accompanied by a professional voice-over and subtitles. Subtitles are available in 9 languages. The course ends with a quiz to assess your understanding.
  • Can I repeat the course?  You can repeat the course as often as you like within your one-year access.
  • How many times can I take the course quiz?  You have three chances to pass the quiz. A passing score is 75% or higher. You must pass the quiz to receive the class certificate. Your quiz score will be shown on your class certificate.
  • May I share a course I purchased with others?  Each course is to be taken by one individual. If you want to learn as a group, please contact us at for group pricing.

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