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Perspective on ISO Standards and FDA Assessment of Wheelchairs

Program ID Number: CRS000681
CEU Course ID: P269.14
Webinar Length of Time: 1.0 hour

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Rory A. Cooper, PhD

Rory A. Cooper, PhD is FISA & PVA Chair and Distinguished Professor of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is Founding Director and VA Senior Research Career Scientist of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories. Dr. Cooper has helped author 300 peer-reviewed journal publications and 15 patents. Dr. Cooper is a former President of RESNA and currently serves as on Honorary Board of Advisors for SVA, NSF Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources, Board of Directors of Easter Seals, Command Council, Staff Sergeant Donnie D. Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services, and Board of PVA Research Foundation.

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.


Wheelchairs are regulated as medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Under the authority of the FDA, wheelchair manufacturers must submit an application for notification to sell/distribute or for pre-market approval prior to sale/distribution of wheelchairs. The FDA may rely on a variety of data sources in order to make a decision. One important source of information is the performance of wheelchairs is the International Standards Organization (ISO) standards. There are a range of ISO standards to test key aspect of wheelchair function and performance to help ensure safety and effectiveness.

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Updated | 12.03.2014