MedTech Europe warns on ongoing regulatory issues

MedTech Europe welcomed the first wave of new E.U. medical device regulations this week, but said there’s work that’s yet to be done.

The trade group noted that EU MDR — the new regulatory regime for medical devices — strengthens the system of notified bodies, or companies that conduct audits on each device whose manufacturer is seeking entry to the E.U. market. It also provides a new database to enable more transparency, a unique device identification system to assist with supply chain traceability, and stricter clinical evidence requirements. EU MDR replaces the EU Medical Device Directive (MDD), with today ending the first phase of implementation.

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EU MDR finally goes into effect

The E.U.’s Medical Device Regulation (MDR) takes effect tomorrow, changing the process to gain entry to the continental market.

EU MDR replaces the EU Medical Device Directive (MDD) with more stringent requirements on the companies that perform the audits for each device, also known as notified bodies. The change affects not only devices that are new to the EU market but those that entered the market under MDD and must be re-certified under MDR to remain available for sale — a costly and time-consuming process.

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EU allows remote audits for medical devices during pandemic

The European Union has announced that it will temporarily allow remote audits of medical devices and in vitro diagnostics under the new regulations (MDR IVDR), set to go into effect on May 2021 and 2022 respectively.

In a document published Monday, the European Commission agreed with industry and notified bodies that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made in-person audits at manufacturers’ facilities difficult if not impossible.

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