EN ISO 10993-4:2017

Biological evaluation of medical devices - Part 4: Selection of tests for interactions with blood (ISO 10993-4:2017)

Publication date:   Feb 14, 2018

General information

60.60 Standard published   Oct 18, 2017


CEN/TC 206 Biological and clinical evaluation of medical devices

European Norm

11.100.20   Biological evaluation of medical devices



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ISO 10993-4:2017 specifies general requirements for evaluating the interactions of medical devices with blood.
It describes
a) a classification of medical devices that are intended for use in contact with blood, based on the intended use and duration of contact as defined in ISO 10993‑1,
b) the fundamental principles governing the evaluation of the interaction of devices with blood,
c) the rationale for structured selection of tests according to specific categories, together with the principles and scientific basis of these tests.
Detailed requirements for testing cannot be specified because of limitations in the knowledge and precision of tests for evaluating interactions of devices with blood. This document describes biological evaluation in general terms and may not necessarily provide sufficient guidance for test methods for a specific device.
The changes in this document do not indicate that testing conducted according to prior versions of this document is invalid. For marketed devices with a history of safe clinical use, additional testing according to this revision is not recommended.

Related legislation

Legislation related to this standard


Active implantable medical devices


Medical devices


Directive 2007/47/EC of the European Parliament and of the council of 5 September 2007 amending Council Directive 90/385/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to active implantable medical devices, Council Directive 93/42/EEC concerning medical devices and Directive 98/8/EC concerning the placing of biocidal products on the market

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EN ISO 10993-4:2017

EN ISO 10993-4:2009


EN ISO 10993-4:2017
60.60 Standard published
Oct 18, 2017


EN ISO 10993-4:2017/prA1


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