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Safety Assurance Cases for Combination Products

Sep 27 - Sep 28, 2017
Bethesda, MD

  • Education
Duration: 2 days
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


This 2-day course provides attendees with an understanding of safety assurance cases and how they can be applied to combination products to demonstrate safety and facilitate pre-market review communications with the FDA. It covers the elements of assurance cases; the common issues and resolutions related to assurance cases; and the structure templates and approach for using assurance cases to achieve three important goals: to demonstrate safety, to create and review a safety assurance case with good arguments and evidence, and to relate the results to managing risk and improving product safety.

There will be examples and interactive exercises to reinforce learning and allow participants to apply their new knowledge to create and review safety assurance cases and hear feedback from the FDA reviewers. The program also offers the opportunity for the participants to interact with FDA reviewers on questions related to safety assurance cases.


  • A. Course Introduction
  • B. Risk Management and Safety
  • C. Assurance Case Method
  • D. Safety Assurance Case Argument Structure
  • E. Develop Argument on Risk Mitigation Adequacy
  • F. Develop Safety Argument on Verification & Validation Adequacy
  • G. Develop Safety Argument on Reliability Adequacy
  • H. Develop Confidence Argument on Safety Case Effectiveness
  • I. Combination Product Industry Practices of Assurance Cases – Case Study
  • J. Assurance Cases, Risk Management, Safety and Regulatory Science

Who Should Attend

  • Regulatory Affair Professionals
  • Safety/Risk Management Engineers
  • System and R&D Engineers
  • Quality Assurance
  • Management (Managers, Directors, or Senior Management)
  • Industry Consultants
  • 3rd Party Reviewers
  • Patient Safety Advocators
  • Any professionals who are interested to learn about safety assurance case method and its applications to combination products or medical devices.


No previous experience with safety assurance cases is required. A basic understanding of medical device risk management concepts and terminology would be a plus.


  • Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Explain assurance case concepts, principles and terminology
    • Recognize different formats for safety assurance cases and the pros and cons associated
    • Recognize what elements of safety assurance cases that maybe useful to demonstrate safety and facilitate communications with the FDA reviewers during premarket reviews
    • Get answers from FDA on questions related to safety assurance cases for combination products
    • Recognize safety assurance case structure templates for combination products
    • Generate safety assurance case leveraging risk management information
    • Write safety assurance case arguments in detail with appropriate rigor
    • Choose proper safety assurance case evidence
    • Recognize possible limits that may be associated with standard risk management techniques
    • Identify when and how safety assurance case methods enhance risk management
    • Recognize common issues related to assurance cases and resolutions
    • Identify fallacies in safety assurance case arguments

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All rates in US Dollars. REFUND FOR COURSES: If your written request is received by August 28, 2017, you will receive a full refund less a $200 processing fee. After that time, no refunds will be approved. COURSE CANCELLATION: PDA reserves the right to modify the material or instructors without notice, or to cancel an event. If an event must be cancelled, registrants will be notified by PDA as soon as possible and will receive a full refund. PDA will not be responsible for airfare penalties or other costs incurred due to cancellation. For more details, contact PDA at [email protected] or +1 (301) 656-5900.

Class Schedule

All courses begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted on the confirmation letter or in course information posted on the website or in the course brochures. Courses that are listed with a half day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at noon on the last day.

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A continental breakfast will be served before class beginning 8:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Snacks will be provided during the morning break from 10:00 - 10:15 a.m. and the afternoon break from 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.


This course will take place at:

PDA Training & Research Institute
4350 East West Highway
Suite 150
Bethesda, MD 20814 USA
Phone: +1 (301) 656-5900


For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Ko
Senior Manager, Lecture Education
Tel: +1 (301) 656-5900 x151
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