Here you can read about some of the most recent developments related to implementation.


November 2018: The EU Commission published three new Factsheets describing the implications of the new Regulations on various stakeholders: (1) Factsheet for Authorised Representatives, Importers and Distributors, (2) Factsheet for persons involved in the procurement medical devices and IVDs , (3) Factsheet for Authorities in non-EU/EEA States.


November 2018: The EU Commission published a new infographic illustrating the Transition Timelines from the Directives to the Regulations.


October 2018: The EU Commission published the terms of reference of 11 working groups established to support the MDCG by preparing guidance on; Notified body oversight, Standards, Clinical Investigation and Evaluation, Post-Market Surveillance and Vigilance, Market Surveillance, Borderline and Classification, New technologies, UDI, IVDs, International matters.


October 2018: The EU Commission published an updated state-of-play of joint assessments of Notified Bodies in the medical device sector.


October 2018: The EU Commission published its current MDR and IVDR implementing measures rolling plan, which includes the list of implementing acts to be published.


October 2018: Five new guidance and specification documents related to the new UDI system were published on the EU Commission site under MDCG Documents.


October 2018: The Agenda for the October meeting of the Medical Device Coordination Group was published.


September 2018: The Agenda for the September meeting of the Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) was published together with the Agenda for the meeting held between the MDCG and  stakeholders, including industry representatives.


July 2018: The Agenda for the July meeting of the Medical Device Coordination Group was published.


May 2018: The Agenda and Minutes of the May meeting of the Medical Device Coordination Group were published.


April 2018: Following endorsement by the MDCG in March, the first new documents related to the European UDI have been published; two guidance documents and two definition documents.  They have been published on the Commission’s medical device guidance page, in a new sub-section titled “MDCG documents”.


March 2018: The Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) met for their second meeting. Although the meetings themselves are not open to the public, the agenda and minutes are publicly available.


March 2018: The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published CEN/TR 17223:2018 Guidance on the relationship between EN ISO 13485: 2016 (Medical devices - Quality management systems - Requirements for regulatory purposes) and the European Medical Devices Regulation and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation.


February 2018: Publication of the agenda and minutes of the initial meeting of Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG), which took place in November 2017. Topics on the agenda included the current state of play of Eudamed, UDI and the implementing Acts.


January 2018: The EU Competent Authorities for Medical Devices (CAMD) have also published FAQs specifically on the transitional arrangements: MDD to MDR and IVDD to IVDR.


January 2018: The Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG), which has many responsibilities in the new Regulation, has now been established. It is listed in the register of Commission expert groups as # X03565. Its mission includes “ensuring a harmonized implementation” of the new Regulations.  >>> click here <<<


January 2018: For those uncertain about the implications of “Brexit” and wondering whether they can still use a Notified Body, Authorized Representative or Importer in the UK. The EU Commission has published a “Notice to Stakeholders” about the implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU which makes matters completely clear. As the Notice says: “all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from 30 March 2019, 00:00h (CET) ('the withdrawal date'). The United Kingdom will then become a 'third country'.” This means, unless a special deal is struck between the UK and the EU before 30th March 2019, a UK based company cannot act as a Notified Body, Authorized Representative or Importer under the new Regulation (or under the current Directive).  >>> click here <<<


November 2017: The EU Competent Authorities for Medical Devices (CAMD) published the first publicly seen version of a “road map” for the development of the detailed regulatory guidance documents needed to support the implementation of the EU MDR and EU IVDR. While this first version road map doesn’t contain timelines, it does indicate the priority being given to the respective documents. >>> click here <<<


November 2017: The European Commission published the first Implementing Regulation related to the EU MDR and EU IVDR in the Official Journal of the EU. Regulation (EU) 2017/2185 contains the codes and corresponding types of devices to be used to specify the scope of the designations of Notified Bodies. >>> click here <<<


November 2017: The Notified Body Operations Group (NBOG) published several new documents related to the EU MDR and EU IVDR on their website. They include a best practice guide to the (re-)designation and notification process and the addition forms to be submitted by an applicant Notified Body. >>> click here <<<


October 2017: As Switzerland is not an EU or EEA member state, the new EU Regulations are not law there. In October 2017 the Swiss parliament passed an interim act (Medizinprodukteverordnung (MepV)) that enables candidate Notified Bodies based in Switzerland to apply to Swissmedic for designation according to the new EU Regulations. It also allows Swissmedic to appoint experts to the new EU Medical Device Coordination Group (MDGC). The Swiss versions of the new EU MDR and IVDR Regulations are still under development however. >>> click here <<<

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