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New CRDI Initiative: Open Badges awarded for Device Development and Regulation e-Learning course completion

CRDI recently awarded Open Badges to those who successfully completed the first delivery for CÚRAM researchers of the online CRDI / CÚRAM Partnership initiative Fundamentals in Medical Device Design and Regulation. This Open Badge is provided as a measure of CPD attainment (in addition to the 5 ECTS credits to participating PhD students).

What is an Open Badge?

Open Badges are verifiable, portable digital badges with embedded metadata about skills and achievements. They comply with the Open Badges Specification and are shareable across the web (Social Media, e-Portfolio, Blogs or Online CVs).


Open Badges Anatomy


Sample below of data embedded in the CRDI FMDDR Badge

Badge NameFundamentals in Medical Device Design and Regulation (FMDDR) 2018
DescriptionThis badge is awarded to those who have satisfactorily completed the Fundamentals in Medical Device Design and Regulation course offered by CRDI, in partnership with CÚRAM, Centre for Research in Medical Devices. The course is delivered online, is accredited at 5 ECTS, NFQ Level 9 through NUI Galway and comprises two modules: (a) Principles of Medical Device Design and (b) EU Regulation of Medical Devices.
CriteriaThe badge-holder has demonstrated that they have met the key learning outcomes of this course:

  • Appreciate the multi- and inter-disciplinary nature of the field and have good insight of the medical device industry in Ireland
  • Understand key concepts such as biocompatibility as well as processes involving biomaterials and biomechanics in medical device design
  • Know about the existing legislative framework for medical device regulation in the EU and how this applies to medical device research and development
  • Appreciation of the recent revisions to the EU medical device regulatory framework and how the key changes will affect medical device research and development going forward.
EvidenceThe holder has demonstrated successful attainment through assessment of the module content by a recognised Manager or Lecturer.
Assessment included online MCQ examination and participation in two interactive problem solving workshops.


CRDI is committed to further develop Open Badges in order to reward attendees who successfully complete the assessments of the widely-available CRDI continuing professional development opportunities, and acknowledge instructor contributions to said training.