Electromagnetic compatibility, or EMC means that a device is compatible with (i.e., no interference is caused by) its electromagnetic (EM) environment and it does not emit levels of EM energy that cause electromagnetic interference (EMI) in other devices in the vicinity. A medical device can be vulnerable to EMI if the levels of EM energy in its environment exceed the EM immunity (resistance) to which the device was designed and tested. The different forms of EM energy that can cause EMI are conducted, radiated, and electrostatic discharge (ESD). EMI problems with medical devices can be very complex, not only from the technical standpoint but also from the view of public health issues and solutions.
Wireless Medical Devices Radio Frequency Wireless Technology in Medical Devices - Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff
- Recommendations for EMC/EMI in Healthcare Facilities
- Coordination with FCC
Electromagnetic Compatibility - Documents Available to Help Resolve Medical Device EMC Problems[ARCHIVED]