Templates IEC 62304 Templates

Updated August 3, 2022

Template: Software Architecture Description

Sven Piechottka

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1. Regulatory References

Regulatory references:

IEC 62304, para. 5.3.1 and 5.3.2 [class B, C]

Relevant other documentation:

  • SOP Software Development
  • User needs / stakeholder requirements
  • Design input / software requirements
  • (…)

2. Software Systems

In compliance with DIN EN 62304, we subdivide our software on three levels: software systems, software components and software units.

Here, describe your internal software systems. The IEC 62304 defines those as an “integrated collection of software items organized to accomplish a specific function or set of functions.”

NOTE: Ideally, you would add an illustrating diagram to the Annex and reference it here.

4.1. Frontend

Enter description, for example:

  • Function: user interface display
  • Software safety classification and rationale
  • Runtime
  • Deployment
  • User groups

4.2. Backend

Enter description, for example:

  • Function: managing patient data and medical images.
  • Software safety classification and rationale
  • Runtime (e.g. JVM)
  • Deployment (e.g. Docker container)
  • User group

4.3. Algorithm

Enter description, for example:

  • Function: taking medical images as input and output a prediction.
  • Software safety classification and rationale
  • Runtime (e.g. JVM)
  • Deployment (e.g. Docker container)
  • User group

6. Software Units

Describe your internal software units. The IEC 62304 defines those as a “software item [any identifiable part of a program, i.e. source code, object code, control code, control data, etc.] that cannot be subdivided into other items”. For example:

  • Wearable device poller (regularly checks whether wearable device has new data and downloads it)
  • Notification service (sends messages to Apple / Google for push notifications of mobile apps)
  • (…)

7. Database

Describe your databases. For example:

  • Relational database: Postgres v14

8. IT Security

8.1. Encryption of data

<enter content>

8.1.1. Data at rest

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8.1.2. Data in transit

Example content:

  • Data in transit is encrypted with state-of-the-art encryption, e.g. SSL, TLS.
  • Additionally, we create a Virtual Private Network (VPC) which prevents the Compute Instances from being exposed to the public internet. The algorithm and the database are therefore not publicly reachable; they are only reachable by the backend.

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