Charles B. Sidebottom, P.E., is a partner in PPO Standards, a Minneapolis, Minn.-based consulting group specializing in medical technology standards.
An ASTM member since 2001, Sidebottom serves as producer vice chairman of ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices. He works on several F04 groups and has been honored with the Patrick G. Laing Award and the Robert E. Fairer Award for his contributions. He is also a member of ASTM Committees D10 on Packaging and F02 on Flexible Barrier Packaging.
After graduating with a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Iowa State University, Sidebottom began his career as an industrial engineer with Kansas City Power and Light Co., Kansas City Mo. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1973 and then returned to his career at Kansas City Power and Light as a system planning engineer and then manager of technical support. In 1979, he earned his M.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri, and the next year joined Medtronic Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn., as technical services manager in its Corporate Information Systems Division. He held management positions in information technology and software development before joining Medtronic’s regulatory affairs organization as a standards manager in 1992, and became director of corporate standards with overall responsibility for Medtronic’s Corporate Standards Program in 2000. Sidebottom retired from Medtronic in January 2014 after 34 years of service.
Sidebottom is secretary to both the International Electrotechnical Commission Subcommittee 62A, Common Aspects of Electrical Equipment Used in Medical Practice, and the ISO Technical Committee 150/SC 5 on Osteosynthesis and Spinal Devices. He is chairman of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for ISO Technical Committee 210, Quality Management and Corresponding General Aspects for Medical Devices, and is a past chair of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. In 2007, Sidebottom received AAMI’s inaugural Standards Developer Award, and he was named a technical fellow at Medtronic in 2011. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the IEEE Standards Society, the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society and SES – the Society for Standards Professionals.