Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-78: Particular requirements for basic safety and essential performance of medical robots for rehabilitation, assessment, compensation or alleviation

IEC 80601-2-78:2019 applies to the general requirements for BASIC SAFETY and ESSENTIAL PERFORMANCE of MEDICAL ROBOTS that physically interact with a PATIENT with an IMPAIRMENT to support or perform REHABILITATION, ASSESSMENT, COMPENSATION or ALLEVIATION related to the PATIENT’S MOVEMENT FUNCTIONS, as intended by the MANUFACTURER. IEC 80601-2-78:2019 does not apply to • external limb prosthetic devices (use ISO 22523), • electric wheelchairs (use ISO 7176 (all parts)), • diagnostic imaging equipment (e.g. MRI, use IEC 60601-2-33), and • personal care ROBOTS (use ISO 13482).

Medizinische elektrische Geräte - Teil 2-78: Besondere Festlegungen an die Sicherheit, einschließlich der wesentlichen Leistungsmerkmale von medizinischen Robotern zur Rehabilitation, Beurteilung, Kompensation oder Linderung

Appareils électromédicaux - Partie 2-78: Exigences particulières pour la sécurité de base et les performances essentielles des robots médicaux dédiés à la rééducation, l'évaluation, la compensation ou l'atténuation

IEC 80601-2-78:2019 s'applique aux exigences générales pour la SECURITE DE BASE et les PERFORMANCES ESSENTIELLES des ROBOTS MEDICAUX avec interaction physique avec un PATIENT souffrant d’une DEFICIENCE de manière à permettre ou à effectuer une REEDUCATION, une EVALUATION, une COMPENSATION ou une ATTENUATION associée aux FONCTIONS LIEES AU MOUVEMENT DU PATIENT, comme cela est prévu par le FABRICANT. IEC 80601-2-78:2019 ne s'applique pas aux • prothèses de membres externes (utiliser l'ISO 22523), • fauteuils roulants électriques (utiliser l'ISO 7176 (toutes les parties)), • appareils d'imagerie de diagnostic (par exemple, imagerie par résonance magnétique, utiliser l'IEC 60601-2-33), et • ROBOTS d'assistance à la personne (utiliser l'ISO 13482).

Medicinska električna oprema - 2-78. del: Posebne zahteve za osnovno varnost in bistvene lastnosti medicinskih robotov za rehabilitacijo, ocenjevanje, nadomestitev funkcij ali lajšanje simptomov (IEC 80601-2-78:2019)

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SIST EN IEC 80601-2-78:2020
01-julij-2020
Medicinska električna oprema - 2-78. del: Posebne zahteve za osnovno varnost in
bistvene lastnosti medicinskih robotov za rehabilitacijo, ocenjevanje,
nadomestitev funkcij ali lajšanje simptomov (IEC 80601-2-78:2019)

Medical Electrical Equipment - Part 2-78: Particular requirements for basic safety and

essential performance of medical robots for rehabilitation, assessment, compensation or

alleviation (IEC 80601-2-78:2019)

Medizinische elektrische Geräte - Teil 2-78: Besondere Festlegungen an die Sicherheit,

einschließlich der wesentlichen Leistungsmerkmale von medizinischen Robotern zur
Rehabilitation, Beurteilung, Kompensation oder Linderung (IEC 80601-2-78:2019)

Appareils électromédicaux - Partie 2-78: Exigences particulières pour la sécurité de base

et les performances essentielles des robots médicaux dédiés à la rééducation,
l'évaluation, la compensation ou l'atténuation (IEC 80601-2-78:2019)
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: EN IEC 80601-2-78:2020
ICS:
11.040.60 Terapevtska oprema Therapy equipment
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2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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ICS 11.040.01
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Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-78: Particular requirements
for basic safety and essential performance of medical robots for
rehabilitation, assessment, compensation or alleviation
(IEC 80601-2-78:2019)

Appareils électromédicaux - Partie 2-78: Exigences Medizinische elektrische Geräte - Teil 2-78: Besondere

particulières pour la sécurité de base et les performances Festlegungen an die Sicherheit, einschließlich der

essentielles des robots médicaux dédiés à la rééducation, wesentlichen Leistungsmerkmale von medizinischen

l'évaluation, la compensation ou l'atténuation Robotern zur Rehabilitation, Beurteilung, Kompensation

(IEC 80601-2-78:2019) oder Linderung
(IEC 80601-2-78:2019)

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European foreword

The text of document 62D/1676/FDIS, future edition 1 of IEC 80601-2-78, prepared by SC 62D

"Electromedical equipment" of IEC/TC 62 "Electrical equipment in medical practice" was submitted to

the IEC-CENELEC parallel vote and approved by CENELEC as EN IEC 80601-2-78:2020.
The following dates are fixed:

• latest date by which the document has to be implemented at national (dop) 2020-10-03

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Endorsement notice

The text of the International Standard IEC 80601-2-78:2019 was approved by CENELEC as a

European Standard without any modification.

In the official version, for Bibliography, the following notes have to be added for the standards

indicated:
ISO 13482:2014 NOTE Harmonized as EN ISO 13482:2014 (not modified)
ISO 9999:2016 NOTE Harmonized as EN ISO 9999:2016 (not modified)
ISO 10535:2006 NOTE Harmonized as EN ISO 10535:2006 (not modified)
IEC 60601-2-33 NOTE Harmonized as EN 60601-2-33
ISO 10218-1:2011 NOTE Harmonized as EN ISO 10218-1:2011 (not modified)
IEC 60601-1-9:2007 NOTE Harmonized as EN 60601-1-9:2008 (not modified)
IEC 61924-2:2012 NOTE Harmonized as EN 61924-2:2013 (not modified)
ISO 11064-7:2006 NOTE Harmonized as EN ISO 11064-7:2006 (not modified)
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Annex ZA
(normative)
Normative references to international publications
with their corresponding European publications

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments)

applies.

NOTE 1 Where an International Publication has been modified by common modifications, indicated by (mod), the relevant

EN/HD applies.

NOTE 2 Up-to-date information on the latest versions of the European Standards listed in this annex is available here:

www.cenelec.eu.
The Annex ZA of EN 60601-1:2006 is applicable, except as follows:
Publication Year Title EN/HD Year
Replacement
IEC 60601-1-2 2014 Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-2: EN 60601-1-2 2015
General requirements for basic safety and
essential performance - Collateral
Standard: Electromagnetic disturbances -
Requirements and tests
IEC 60601-1-6 2010 Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-6: EN 60601-1-6 2010
General requirements for basic safety and
essential performance - Collateral
standard: Usability
IEC 60601-1-8 2006 Medical electrical equipment_- Part_1-8: - -
General requirements for basic safety and
essential performance_- Collateral
standard: General requirements, tests and
guidance for alarm systems in medical
electrical equipment and medical electrical
systems
ISO 14971 2007 Medical devices_- Application of risk - -
management to medical devices
Addition:

IEC 60601-1-10 2007 Medical electrical equipment - Part 1-10: EN 60601-1-10 2008

General requirements for basic safety and
essential performance - Collateral
Standard: Requirements for the
development of physiologic closed-loop
controllers
IEC 60601-1-11 2015 Medical electrical equipment_- Part_1-11: - -
General requirements for basic safety and
essential performance_- Collateral
standard: Requirements for medical
electrical equipment and medical electrical
systems used in the home healthcare
environment
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Publication Year Title EN/HD Year
IEC 62366-1 2015 Medical devices - Part 1: Application of EN 62366-1 2015
usability engineering to medical devices
+AC 2015
ISO 22523 External limb prostheses and external EN ISO 22523 2006
orthoses – Requirements and test methods
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CONTENTS

FOREWORD ........................................................................................................................... 4

INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................................... 6

201.1 Scope, object and related standards ....................................................................... 7

201.2 Normative references .............................................................................................. 9

201.3 Terms and definitions .............................................................................................. 9

201.4 General requirements ........................................................................................... 13

201.5 General requirements for testing of ME EQUIPMENT ................................................ 14

201.6 Classification of ME EQUIPMENT and ME SYSTEMS .................................................... 14

201.7 ME EQUIPMENT identification, marking and documents ........................................... 14

201.8 Protection against electrical HAZARDS from ME EQUIPMENT...................................... 15

201.9 Protection against MECHANICAL HAZARDS of ME EQUIPMENT and ME SYSTEMS ............ 15

201.10 Protection against unwanted and excessive radiation HAZARDS ............................. 21

201.11 Protection against excessive temperatures and other HAZARDS ............................. 21

201.12 Accuracy of controls and instruments and protection against hazardous

outputs .......................................................................................................................... 21

201.13 HAZARDOUS SITUATIONS and fault conditions for ME EQUIPMENT ............................... 22

201.14 PROGRAMMABLE ELECTRICAL MEDICAL SYSTEMS (PEMS) ............................................. 22

201.15 Construction of ME EQUIPMENT ............................................................................... 22

201.16 ME SYSTEMS .......................................................................................................... 24

201.17 ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY of ME EQUIPMENT and ME SYSTEMS ...................... 24

202 ELECTROMAGNETIC DISTURBANCES – Requirements and tests .......................................... 24

206 USABILITY ....................................................................................................................... 24

208 * General requirements, tests and guidance for alarm systems in MEDICAL

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT and MEDICAL ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS ............................................... 25

210 * Process requirements for the development of PHYSIOLOGIC CLOSED-LOOP

CONTROLLERS ................................................................................................................. 25

211 * Requirements for MEDICAL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT and MEDICAL ELECTRICAL

SYSTEMS used in the HOME HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT .................................................... 26

Annexes ............................................................................................................................... 27

Annex A (informative) General guidance and rationale ......................................................... 27

Annex AA (informative) Particular guidance and rationale .................................................... 28

Annex BB (informative) Guidance and examples of SITUATION AWARENESS ............................ 57

Bibliography .......................................................................................................................... 71

Index of defined terms used in this particular standard .......................................................... 74

Figure AA.1 – Relationship of the terms used to describe equipment, accessories or

equipment parts .................................................................................................................... 29

Figure AA.2 – Endsley's model of SITUATION AWARENESS (based on [10], drawn by Dr.

Peter Lankton, May 2007) ..................................................................................................... 33

Figure AA.3 – Model of user-medical device interaction ........................................................ 34

Figure AA.4 – RACA ROBOT shared control system block diagram: control by PATIENT

and RACA ROBOT .................................................................................................................... 38

Figure AA.5 – RACA ROBOT shared control system block diagram: control by PATIENT,

OPERATOR and RACA ROBOT ................................................................................................... 39

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Figure AA.6 – RACA ROBOT shared control system block diagram: control by PATIENT

and RACA ROBOT, and control modulation by OPERATOR ......................................................... 40

Figure AA.7 – WALKING RACA ROBOT using motion-related biosignal input ............................... 41

Figure AA.8 – System block diagram of a WALKING RACA ROBOT using a motion-related

biosignal as input .................................................................................................................. 41

Figure AA.9 – RACA ROBOT that is an arm exoskeleton for REHABILITATION that applies a

PATIENT-cooperative shared control strategy ......................................................................... 42

Figure AA.10 – System block diagram of an arm exoskeleton for REHABILITATIOn that

applies a PATIENT-cooperative shared control strategy .......................................................... 43

Figure AA.11 – Cane-type RACA ROBOT for REHABILITATION of walking .................................... 44

Figure AA.12 – System block diagram of a cane-type RACA ROBOT ........................................ 44

Figure AA.13 – Example of ROBOT arm type RACA ROBOT for lower extremities ...................... 45

Figure AA.14 – Example of ROBOT arm type RACA ROBOT for upper extremities ...................... 46

Figure AA.15 – Example of exoskeleton type RACA ROBOT for upper extremities .................... 47

Figure AA.16 – Example of exoskeleton type RACA ROBOT for knee joint ................................ 49

Figure AA.17 – Example of soft artificial muscle-type RACA ROBOT for knee joint ................... 50

Figure AA.18 – Example of exoskeleton-type WALKING RACA ROBOT ....................................... 51

Figure AA.19 – Example of RACA ROBOT for balance control .................................................. 52

Figure AA.20 – Example of a body-weight support-type RACA ROBOT with gait following

function ................................................................................................................................. 54

Figure BB.1 – All the proximate causes of loss of SITUATION AWARENESS [19] ........................ 58

Figure BB.2 – Relationship between SITUATION AWARENESS, the RISK MANAGEMENT
PROCESS (ISO 14971:2007) and the USABILITY ENGINEERING PROCESS (IEC 62366-

1:2015) ................................................................................................................................. 60

Figure BB.3 – Relationship between GDTA and RISK MANAGEMENT and USABILITY

........................................................................................................ 63

ENGINEERING PROCESSES

Figure BB.4 – WALKING exoskeleton RACA ROBOT ................................................................... 69

Table 201.101 – List of potential ESSENTIAL PERFORMANCEs ................................................... 14

Table 19 – MECHANICAL HAZARDS covered by this clause ........................................................ 16

Table 201.102 – Overview of different stopping procedures .................................................. 16

Table 28 – Mechanical strength test applicability .................................................................. 23

Table 1 – Mechanical strength test applicability, non-TRANSIT-OPERABLE ............................... 26

Table 2 – Mechanical strength test applicability, TRANSIT-OPERABLE ...................................... 26

Table AA.1 – Correlation mapping between Figure AA.2 and Figure AA.3 ............................. 35

Table BB.1 – Example of using GDTA in BB.5.2 ................................................................... 64

Table BB.2 – Example of using GDTA in BB.5.3 ................................................................... 66

Table BB.3 – Example of using GDTA in BB.5.4 ................................................................... 68

Table BB.4 – Example of using GDTA in BB.5.5 ................................................................... 70

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MEDICAL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT –
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FOREWORD

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International standard IEC 80601-2-78 has been prepared by IEC subcommittee 62D:

Electromedical equipment, of IEC Technical Committee 62: Electrical equipment in medical

practice, and ISO Technical Committee 299: Robotics.
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INTRODUCTION

This part of IEC 80601 International Standard was written at a time when technical evolution

of MEDICAL ROBOTS was in rapid progress and the scientific foundation of safe use was still

being expanded.

This document is the result of work that began in ISO/TC 184/SC 2/WG 7 in October 2006 on

personal care ROBOTS, to address an emerging type of MEDICAL ROBOT that was used outside

of an industrial environment. That group was working on a new standard, ISO 13482, which

was published as an International Standard (IS) in 2014. While initially focused on non-

medical applications, WG 7 recognized that work was needed on medical devices utilizing

robotic technology. In October 2009, ISO/TC 184/SC 2 established a WG 7, Study Group (SG)

on Medical care robots, comprised of experts from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Korea,

Romania, Switzerland, UK and USA.

The work of ISO/TC 184/SC 2/WG 7 SG cumulated in a proposal to form a Joint Working

Group (JWG 9) with IEC/TC 62/SC 62A focusing on MEDICAL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT using

robotic technology. This JWG began developing a technical report (IEC TR 60601-4-1)

dealing with degree of autonomy. While developing this document, a particular standard was

deemed required for REHABILITATION type ROBOTS. This led to the creation of a Joint Working

Group 36 (MEDICAL ROBOTS for REHABILITATION) in April, 2015 within IEC/TC 62/SC 62D to

develop particular requirements of SAFETY of MEDICAL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT and MEDICAL

ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS for REHABILITATION type ROBOTS. ISO/TC 184/SC 2 has since been

promoted to ISO/TC 299, and JWG 9 has merged with JWG35 and 36 to form JWG 5

(MEDICAL ROBOT Safety) on the ISO side. This proposal was approved from both IEC and

ISO and work began.

The minimum safety requirements specified in this particular standard are presented to

provide for an acceptable degree of BASIC SAFETY and ESSENTIAL PERFORMANCE for MEDICAL

ROBOTS that physically interact with a PATIENT with an IMPAIRMENT, to support or perform

REHABILITATION, ASSESSMENT, COMPENSATION or ALLEVIATION related to the PATIENT’S MOVEMENT

FUNCTIONS .

The requirements are followed by particular specifications for the relevant tests.

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201.1 Scope, object and related standards
Clause 1 of the general standard applies, except as follows:
201.1.1 Scope
Replacement:

This part of IEC 80601 applies to the general requirements for BASIC SAFETY and ESSENTIAL

PERFORMANCE of MEDICAL ROBOTS that physically interact with a PATIENT with an IMPAIRMENT to

support or perform REHABILITATION, ASSESSMENT, COMPENSATION or ALLEVIATION related to the

PATIENT’S MOVEMENT FUNCTIONS, as intended by the MANUFACTURER.

If a clause or subclause is specifically intended to be applicable to ME EQUIPMENT only, or to

ME SYSTEMS only, the title and content of that clause or subclause will say so. If that is not the

case, the clause or subclause applies both to ME EQUIPMENT and to ME SYSTEMS, as relevant.

NOTE See also 4.2 of the general standard.
This particular standard does not apply to
• external limb prosthetic devices (use ISO 22523),
• electric wheelchairs (use ISO 7176 (all parts)),
• diagnostic imaging equipment (e.g. MRI, use IEC 60601-2-33), and
• personal care ROBOTS (use ISO 13482).
201.1.2 Object
Replacement:
BASIC SAFETY and ESSENTIAL
The object of this particular standard is to establish particular
PERFORMANCE requirements for
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