I know that LabVIEW cannot be used directly in/on a medical device, yet can it be used to test material that potentially can be a part of a medical device? I just contacted my local sales representative to ask, and he is consulting his manager. I wanted to ask this question to you guys just so I could get your opinions. In addition I need to validate LabVIEW itself (a seemingly monumental task); do any of you know where I can find certification for LabVIEW online? (Again, I have contacted LabVIEW representative, I just wanted some more opinions). Thanks!
LabVIEW certainly can be used in a finished medical device. There are many examples - visit www.ni.com/medical for information, resources, links.
.... I need to validate LabVIEW itself .....
Why do you need to validate Labview? You should be validating your final code itself, not the tool used to create the code. How do you validate C++ or VB, or even Microsoft WORD? These are tools, and not the end product.
Why stop at VC++, Word or whatever and not require the validation of Windows and the hardware you run your OS on?
In short you don't validate the tools in itself but your application and of course the results it produces. A proper design process starts with a good (and validated) requirements specification. From that you create your application. Then you have a validation specification that describes all the specific steps to verify and validate that your application actually does what it is supposed to do. Here you work with well known devices and DUT's so you have control over the results you expect. And of course everything needs to be documented to the last point. All this specification documents and according validation and reports is what makes development for medical devices more involved and expensive than in some other applications.