Karandeep Badwal, consultant and president of QRA Medical, discusses the change in focus from EU MDD to EU MDR, and how companies will need to adapt to meet new reporting requirements and maintain compliance in the European market.
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.
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.
At the 2023 MedCon Conference in April, Michael Maier, VP of Strategic Regulatory and Quality at Veranex, and James Pink, Director of Medical at Element, provided updates on medical device regulation in Switzerland and the UK.
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.
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.
Unhappy with current textbooks and resources for regulatory professionals, Elijah Wreh, Professor of Regulatory Science and Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs at Boston Scientific, authored his own book for industry and future regulators.
New directives and guidance aim to connect patients, physicians and other stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem with a consistently up-to-date information source for product and safety information that isn’t dependent on paper. Schlafender Hase’s Peter Muller explores the promise of e-labeling and practical next steps required to deliver on these directives.