A public web site (http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/embs/emb_stds) is being maintained that lists published standards directly applicable to medical devices and also IEEE projects to develop standards for medical devices. The site now includes the EMBS Standards Committee Operating Procedures and current reports.
The committee is maintaining liaison with ANSI, ISO/CEN/TC293, IEC/TC62, and the IEEE Standards Board. A report of the IEEE Standards Board activities is provided to the EMBS Vice President and to the EMBS Standards Committee members on a regular (quarterly) basis.
Of particular interest is the activities of the IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee (SCC) 28. This committee recently published a new edition of the standard "C95.1, IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz." SCC-28 has also started a new project to develop a standard for safety level with respect to human exposure to electromagnetic fields, 0 to 3 KHZ. This proposal drew some opposition, particularly from representatives of the Power Engineering Society who were concerned about the implications of IEEE taking a position on the health effects of power line (60 Hz) radiation. However, supporters of the committees work negotiated a change in the title, using the words "acceptable levels" in place of "safety levels" and the motion to approve the project carried.
Also of interest is the work of the Medical Information Bus (MIB) committee, sponsored by Robert Kennelly. The IEEE 1073 Standard for Medical Device Communications is rapidly expanding, with several new working groups beginning new projects. (A complete list can be found on the web site.)
Robert F. Munzner, Ph.D.