DHF & Design Controls

DHF & Design Controls


When you scale your Design Controls appropriately to the complexity and size of your company, it makes it easier to manage the scope of everyday work needed to keep your files current. Things to remember when scaling your Design History Files (DHF):


  • One size does not fit all
  • All classes of devices need design controls
  • The process is scaled based on the complexity of the device and the size of the company
  • Don’t wait for the regulators to identify any gaps


Also, identifying your gaps up front, closing them upon identification, then wrapping them into your entire DHF process with your team or with a third-party consultant like RCA helps ensure you have a rock-solid DHF and that you will be prepared when the regulators ask questions.


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FDA Design Control


RCA offers medical device consultants who will help you navigate through new product development and remediating legacy Design History Files (DHF). Our life science consultants have a thorough understanding of the specific design history requirements for U.S. and international medical device industries. We’ll support your team’s ability to ensure regulatory compliance and accelerate medical device DHF best practices.


In addition to DHF content, development, and management, download our handout to view more of our DHF-related support services, including:


  • FDA design control requirements
    • Quality System Regulation, 21 CFR Part 820
    • Design control medical device CGMPs and 21 CFR 820.30
    • Device Master Records (DMR)
    • Device History Record (DHR)
  • ISO 13485 design control
    • Design control procedures
    • Design control process evaluation
    • Design control documents
    • Design quality control
  • The EU’s Medical Device Regulations (MDR) including Technical File / Design Dossier
  • Risk management (ISO 14971) for medical devices including risk analysis, FMEA, risk evaluation, and risk controls through Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) plan and design control requirements
  • IEC 60601-1-11 (2010) including Programmable Electrical Medical Systems (PEMS) (Clause 14)
  • Total product life cycle (TPLC)
  • AAMI design control


About RCA®


Regulatory Compliance Associates (RCA) provides medical device consulting to the following industries for the resolution of life science challenges:



We understand the complexities of running a life science business and possess areas of expertise that include every facet of R&D, operations, regulatory affairs, quality, and manufacturing. We are used to working on the front lines and thriving in the scrutiny of FDA, Health Canada, MHRA, and globally regulated companies.


As your partners, we can negotiate the potential minefield of regulatory compliance and regulatory due diligence with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience.


  • Founded in 2000
  • Headquartered in Wisconsin (USA)
  • Expertise backed by over 500 industry subject matter experts
  • Acquired by Sotera Health in 2021


About Sotera Health®


The name Sotera Health was inspired by Soteria, the Greek goddess of safety, and reflects the Company’s unwavering commitment to its mission, Safeguarding Global Health®.


Sotera Health Company, along with its three best-in-class businesses – Sterigenics®Nordion® and Nelson Labs®, is a leading global provider of mission-critical end-to-end sterilization solutions and lab testing and advisory services for the healthcare industry. With a combined tenure across our businesses of nearly 200 years and our industry-recognized scientific and technological expertise, we help to ensure the safety of over 190 million patients and healthcare practitioners around the world every year.


We are a trusted partner to more than 5,800 customers in over 50 countries, including 40 of the top 50 medical device companies and 8 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.



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