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Part B: Supplementary Information Sheet (SIS)
FR Recognition List Number 055 Date of Entry 12/21/2020 
FR Recognition Number 19-39
Standard(Included in ASCA pilot)
IEC 60601-1-12 Edition 1.1 2020-07 CONSOLIDATED VERSION
Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-12: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance - Collateral Standard: Requirements for medical electrical equipment and medical electrical systems intended for use in the emergency medical services environment
Scope/Abstract
This International Standard applies to the BASIC SAFETY and ESSENTIAL PERFORMANCE of MEDICAL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT and MEDICAL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS, hereafter referred to as ME EQUIPMENT and ME SYSTEMS, which are intended, as indicated in the instructions for use by their MANUFACTURER, for use in the EMS ENVIRONMENT (EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ENVIRONMENT), as defined in 3.1.

The EMS ENVIRONMENT includes
- responding to and providing life support at the scene of an emergency to a PATIENT reported as experiencing injury or illness in a pre-hospital setting, and transporting the PATIENT, while continuing such life support care, to an appropriate professional healthcare facility for further care.
- providing monitoring, treatment or diagnosis during transport between professional healthcare facilities.

This International Standard does not apply to ME EQUIPMENT and ME SYSTEMS intended solely for use in the HOME HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT covered by IEC 60601-1-11 or solely for use in professional healthcare facilities covered by IEC 60601-1 without the additions of IEC 60601-1-11 or this collateral standard. ME EQUIPMENT and ME SYSTEMS are often not solely intended for one environment. Such ME EQUIPMENT or ME SYSTEM can be intended for multiple use environments, and as such, if also intended for use in the EMS ENVIRONMENT, are within the scope of this standard.
Extent of Recognition
Complete standard
Rationale for Recognition
This standard is relevant to medical devices and is recognized on its scientific and technical merit and/or because it supports existing regulatory policies.
Transition Period
FDA recognition of IEC 60601-1-12 Edition 1.0 2014-06 [Rec# 19-15] will be superseded by recognition of IEC 60601-1-12 Edition 1.1 2020-07 CONSOLIDATED VERSION [Rec# 19-39]. FDA will accept declarations of conformity, in support of premarket submissions, to [Rec # 19-15] until December 17, 2023. After this transition period, declarations of conformity to [Rec # 19-15] will not be accepted.
Relevant FDA Guidance and/or Supportive Publications*
1. AAMI CR500:2019 Basic Introduction to the IEC 60601 Series.

2. Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff: Applying Human Factors and Usability Engineering to Medical Devices, Issued February 2016.

3. Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff: Mobile Medical Applications, Issued February 2015.

4. Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff: Radio Frequency Wireless Technology in Medical Devices, Issued August 2013.
FDA Technical Contact
 Aftin Ross
  FDA/OC/CDRH/OSPTI/DAHRSSP/AHRRC/
  301-794-5679
  Aftin.Ross@fda.hhs.gov
Standards Development Organization
IEC International Electrotechnical Commission http://www.iec.ch/
FDA Specialty Task Group (STG)
General II (ES/EMC)
*These are provided as examples and others may be applicable.
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