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Performance Evaluation Plan (IVDD)

The Performance Evaluation Plan lays out the resources and methods for evaluation the performance of the IVD.

There’s a separate standard available for that: EN 13612:2002. It’s very short and doesn’t contain a whole lot of information. You can generally understand what it’s about when you look at the mapping of requirements to document sections table below. Additionally, there are three IMDRF guidance documents which are more relevant for the Performance Evaluation Report:


Mapping of Requirements to Document Sections

EN 13612:2002 Section Document Section
3.1 Responsibilities and Resources Performance Evaluation Plan (this one) 5
3.2 Documentation Performance Evaluation Plan (this one) (all)
3.3 Final Assessment and Review Performance Evaluation Report
4.1 Preconditions Performance Evaluation Report
4.2 Evaluation Plan Performance Evaluation Plan (this one) 6, 7
4.3 Sites and Resources Performance Evaluation Plan (this one) 5
4.4 Basic Design Information Performance Evaluation Plan (this one) 7.3
4.5 Experimental Design Performance Evaluation Plan (this one) 7.4
4.6 Performance Study Records Performance Evaluation Plan (this one) 7.5
4.7 Observations and Unexpected Outcomes Performance Evaluation Plan (this one) 7.6
4.8 Evaluation Report Performance Evaluation Report
5. Modifications During the Performance Evaluation Study Performance Evaluation Plan (this one) 8
6. Re-evaluation Performance Evaluation Plan (this one) 8
7. Protection and Safety of Probands Performance Evaluation Plan (this one) 9

1. List of Abbreviations

Abbreviation Explanation
IVD MD In-vitro diagnostic medical device

2. Product

3. Relevant Documents

4. Intended Use

Copy-paste the intended use of your device here.

5. Responsibilities and Resources

5.1 Personnel

These five tasks are explicitly specified in EN 13612, so you should assign them to someone. Feel free to add further tasks if you have any. Of course, one person can take care of multiple tasks.

Task Personnel
Coordinator with overall responsibility John Doe
Assess the validity of test results and data already available John Doe Jr.
Specify performance claims which shall be further examined or confirmed John Doe Sr.
Specify and document the evaluation plan and the test procedures John Doe II
Prepare the evaluation report Albert Einstein

5.2 Resources

Describe other resources which you need for performance evaluation, e.g. software and hardware, physical locations.

6. Performance Claims of IVD MD

For each performance claim, assess whether it’s applicable to your IVD, i.e. can you measure that specific parameter, based on your device output? Then, add an explanation about what that parameters actually means in the context of your device.

An example could be that you’re manufacturing a HIV test. Then, analytical sensitivity is applicable, and your explanation would be something like “proportion of HIV-positive patients who have positive test results”.

Performance Claim Applicable? Explanation
Analytical Sensitivity yes/no
Diagnostic Sensitivity
Analytical Specificity
Diagnostic Specificity

7. Evaluation Procedure

7.1 List of Laboratories and Other Institutions Taking Part in Study

List the labs which take part in your study. If your product is for self-testing, list the “lay persons” who are your study participants.

7.2 Time Table

Create some sort of timeline when to do what.

Date Activity
Plan Performance Evaluation
Conduct Performance Evaluation
Write Performance Evaluation Report

7.3 Briefing of Investigators

If your investigators (the people who conduct the study) aren’t familiar with your device, describe how you’ll provide them with the necessary information beforehand.

7.4 Software Validation

The device is stand-alone software and will be validated in accordance with IEC 62366-1:2015, see SOP Integrated Software Development.

7.5 Performance Study Records

Describe how and where records of your performance study will be saved. Those could be files which contain your analysis data, or even the input data (i.e., test set) which you used for it.

7.6 Observations and Unexpected Outcomes

Describe what you’ll do when an unexpected outcome happens. Might not apply to stand-alone software.

8. Re-Evaluation

Specify under which conditions your performance evaluation will be repeated. That’s mainly the case when you change your device.

9. Protection and Safety of Probands

Describe how you ensure the safety of your probands. Probably not be applicable to software in most cases.

10. Dates and Signatures

Date and sign the plan. If your document management system supports it, you can digitally sign by typing e.g. your initials in the “Signature” field. Otherwise, you can still sign it the old-school way (print it and sign sheet of paper, ugh).

Activitiy Name Signature

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