There’s been a lot of focus on the process for re-designation of Notified Bodies in Europe – so that we can all start the process of certification to the new Medical Device and IVD regulations. But what happens if your Notified Body fails to achieve re-designation, or has its scope narrowed – or just gives up and goes away?
The new MDR is a long document, with interminable preambles and no quick way to get to the key Annexes.
So to help we have extracted the two key Annexes on Classification and Safety and Performance Requirements (Replacement for the Essential Requirements) into tow handy PDF documents.
European Parliament today adopted the MDR, IVDR – setting up a publication within the month and a transitional period ending May 2020 for full implementation of the new regulations.
Although the Europeans have retained risk classifications and 3rd party conformity assessment based on risk class, the new MDR changes almost everything. In more than ten times as many words as the MDD and AIMD, the new regulations provide much more detailed requirements and set a higher bar especially in clinical evidence, postmarket monitoring and risk management, integrating all of these into a single living process. The race is on for the three year transition period – it’s going to get busy…
Over the course of 2016, we’ve been inundated with information around the introduction of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) in Europe, new revision of ISO 13485, Brexit, and the implementation of MDSAP. Australia has continued to work under the existing arrangements, which rely heavily on recognition of CE certificates granted under the current Medical Device Directives, but how long can this last? The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration TGA publishes annual statistics of performance. These provide a fascinating insight into the agency’s workload and the extent of reliance on European certification. How will TGA manage in the face of the big changes in Europe?
At the Irish Medtech Global Access conference in Galway this week, a common theme emerged: planned transitional arrangements schedules for ISO 13485:2016, the European Medical Device and IVD regulations and the MDSAP audit program will combine to create a Perfect Storm which will challenge their resources of Regulatory agencies and assessment bodies and manufacturers alike. You may think things are getting busy now, but in reality we are in the calm before the storm. Are you ready?