Testing is an essential tool in any product’s development. It not only helps you make your device better, but also proves that it works as it should. Testing to prove your device’s features and functions throughout development will make achieving a successful product easier.
Of course, test approaches need to evolve alongside the device development, so the trick is to use a test approach with the right balance of agility and rigour for the stage you are at. This ensures your testing is a powerful de-risking tool, while not over-burdening the development phases. Looking ahead to what will be expected for design verification will help you dial up testing formalities at the right time, making the transition between phases and bodies of test work easier.
Testing should present an objective, independent challenge, so make sure to augment work done by the development team with independent operators. This ensures the design embodiment is not ‘rose tinted’ and checks that the device is suitable for a wider user group, not just the people who are invested in its development. Spotting performance issues and user challenges early on will mean less time and cost to resolve them.
If testing is carefully planned from the very beginning of your project, then design verification at the end will simply be a confirmation of what you already know, making for a smoother transition to market.
Team Consulting has been developing medical devices for over 35 years, from concept through to industrialisation. Our dedicated device testing team engages at all stages of your device development, bringing expertise and objectivity to ensure our test solutions have the right mix of established best practice, bespoke solutions, regulatory compliance, data, and documentation integrity. All these ingredients are essential for the successful completion of design verification.
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