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Reference EN 60601-2-17:2004
Title Medical electrical equipment - Part 2-17: Particular requirements for the safety of automatically-controlled brachytherapy afterloading equipment
Project Number 15469
Abstract/Scope The use of afterloading equipment for brachytherapy purposes may expose patients to danger if the equipment fails to deliver the required dose to the patient, or if the equipment design does not satisfy standards of electrical and mechanical safety. The equipment may also cause danger to persons in the vicinity if the equipment itself fails to contain the radioactive source(s) adequately within the storage container(s) and/or if there are inadequacies in the design of the treatment room. This Particular Standard establishes requirements to be complied with by manufacturers in the design and construction of afterloading equipment for use in temporary brachytherapy procedures. Its purpose is to identify those features of design that are regarded, at the present time, as essential for the safe operation of such equipment. It places limits on the degradation of equipment performance beyond which it can be presumed that a fault condition exists and where an interlock then operates to return the radioactive source(s) to the storage container(s) and afterwards to prevent continued operation of the equipment.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2004-04-06
Current Stage code deadline 2004-12-01
Deadline date for vote  


Directive(s) MDD (93/42/EEC)
Mandate(s) M/432
Order Voucher  


IEC Technical Body IEC/SC 62C
Reference Document IEC 60601-2-17:2004 (EQV)
ICS 11.040.60 - Therapy equipment
19.100 - Non-destructive testing
Keywords Medical equipment; Brachytherapy; Afterloading; Automatically-controlled; Safety
Special National Condition(s)  


Categories - Aspects
Product Life Cycle


Deadline Date
6060 2004-04-06 2004-12-01 export to doc file  EN  FR  DE
5099 2004-03-01 2004-05-01  
5061 2004-01-26 2004-03-01  
5020 2003-10-31 2004-01-09  
4099 2003-02-21 2003-12-31  
4020 2002-09-06 2003-02-07  
3099 2002-09-03 2002-09-06  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2004-03-01
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2004-04-06
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2004-06-01
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2004-12-01
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2007-03-01


Supersedes EN 60601-2-17:1996
EN 60601-2-17:1996/A1:1996
Superseded by FprEN 60601-2-17:2013
Normative reference (6) EN 60601-1:1990
corr. July 1994
EN 60601-1-1:2001
EN 60601-1-2:2001
EN 60601-1-4:1996
HD 501 S1:1988
EN 61217:1996
EN 62083:2001

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