IEC 62304medical device software – software life cycle processes[1] is an international standard published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The standard specifies life cycle requirements for the development of medical software and software within medical devices. It has been adopted as national standards and therefore can be used as a benchmark to comply with regulatory requirements.

Implications of IEC 62304 for software

The IEC 62304 standard calls out certain cautions on using software, particularly SOUP (software of unknown pedigree or provenance). The standard spells out a risk-based decision model on when the use of SOUP is acceptable, and defines testing requirements for SOUP to support a rationale on why such software should be used.[2]


General requirements

Software development process

Effect of safety classification on required development process documentation

Software documentation Class A Class B Class C
Software development planning X X X
Software requirements analysis X X X
Software architectural design X X
Software detailed design X
Software unit implementation X X X
Software unit verification X X
Software integration and integration testing X X
Software system testing X X X
Software release X X X
X - required

Software maintenance process

Software risk management process

Software configuration management process

Software problem resolution process

See also


  1. ^ International Electrotechnical Commission (2006). "Medical device software – Software life cycle processes" (PDF). INTERNATIONAL IEC STANDARD 62304 First edition 2006-05. International Electrotechnical Commission. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  2. ^ Hall, Ken (June 1, 2010). "Developing Medical Device Software to IEC 62304". EMDT - European Medical Device Technology. Retrieved 2024-01-17.
  3. ^ "IEC 62304:2006(en) Medical device software — Software life cycle processes". ISO. 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Developing Medical Device Software to IEC 62304 | MDDI Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry News Products and Suppliers". June 2010. Retrieved 2024-01-17.