EU MDR requires significant reforms to the device labeling process. Manufacturers must ensure that identifiers are correctly applied to products, and that key data elements and formats are accurate. In addition, manufacturers need to have access to centralized data, audit tracking, robust security controls, eSignature capabilities and strong workflow management to ensure compliance.
Previous EU regulatory acts did not cover products without an intended medical purpose—typically devices with aesthetic indications. This now changes with Annex XVI of the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR). Notified Bodies can assess these products for their conformity with the regulation. However, responsibility for proactively pursuing the EU certificate of conformity for the products rests with the manufacturers.
The draft regulations, “The Medical Devices (Post-market Surveillance Requirements) (Amendment) (Great Britain) Regulations 2023,” serve as an amendment to the existing UK MDR Part 4A post market surveillance requirements, and are currently with the World trade Organisation (WTO) for member comments.
The UK is an appealing market for MedTech businesses, but there are some important issues that companies will need to be familiar with to ensure they fully understand the UK regulatory landscape. The role of the UK Responsible Person is one of the most important.
Device manufacturers may see the EU MDR extension as an opportunity to take their collective feet off the gas. But slowing down or pausing a device’s testing program could jeopardize a successful transition and exacerbate the problem the deadline extension was designed to fix.
The regulatory landscape for medical devices is rapidly evolving, catapulted most recently by European Union Medical Device Regulations (EU MDR). In this article, Monali Bhansali, Practice Lead of Regulatory Affairs at Tata Elxsi, highlights challenges and advancements in the MedTech regulatory landscape, and what the future has in store.
Medical technology companies are caught between rising costs and increasing inflation as well as stricter regulations due to the introduction of the EU Medical Device Regulation. A strategic price adjustment can help to face these challenges and secure the companies’ success in the long term.
In spite of continuing delays to implementation deadlines for EU MDR/IVDR, post-market surveillance requirements are currently in force. Hence, manufacturers need to urgently establish a PMS system to identify potential nonconformances and safeguard users and patients.
IVDR has significant implications for the manufacturing of IVD devices, as it requires manufacturers to comply with new and more rigorous regulatory requirements. Wiktoria Banczyk, Product Manager Lab Filtration Medical Devices at Sartorius Lab Instruments, discusses the challenges posed by the implementation of EU IVDR 2017/746 and key considerations for manufacturers as they navigate today’s regulatory landscape.
On Monday, March 20, the EU MDR extension approved on March 7 came into effect following its official publication in the Journal of the European Union.