By the end of the year, the first three modules will be accessible on the European medical device database, Eudamed3: Actor Registration, Unique Device Identifiers (UDI)/Device Registration, and Notified Bodies Certificates. The use of these modules is voluntary until all six inter-related modules are ready and Eudamed3 is fully functional. The existing Eudamed2 data base is being overhauled to support the Medical Device Regulations (MDR) and In Vitro Device Regulation (IVDR).
For more information on the transition from EUDAMED2 to EUDAMED3 see our previous post, The European Commission Pledges Make the Different Eudamed Modules Available On A Rolling Basis.
The six EUMDADED modules are:
- Actors Registration
- UDI/Devices Registration
- Notified Bodies and Certificates
- Clinical Investigations and Performance Studies
- Vigilance and Post-Market Surveillance
- Market Surveillance
The Actor Registration module became active December 1, 2020. The European Commission has officially confirmed that two more modules will be available by September 2021, the UDI/Device registration (second module) and Notified Bodies and Certificates (third module). Three more modules are scheduled to be displayed as soon as they are functional.
Actor Registration Module
“The Actor registration module enables economic operators to submit, by means of an actor registration request, the information necessary to obtain a single registration number (SRN).”
The SRN is required under MDR and IVDR and allows economic actors to be clearly identified throughout the European Union. In addition, submitting information related to the device to Eudamed as well as submitting an application for conformity assessment to a Notified Body require a SRN.
Under MDR, all medical device actors, including manufacturers, must register in the updated EUDAMED3 database from May 26, 2021. This includes devices with CE marking under both the directives (MDD 93/42/EEC and IVDR 98/97/EC) and newest regulations (MDR 2017/745 and IVDR 2017/746) that are replacing them. Care should be taken not to duplicate registration as it will trigger a duplication check requiring justification.
Legacy device manufacturers are also required to register in order to facilitate post-market surveillance, conduct field safety corrective actions, and manage adverse events. However, legacy devices requirements are different, and the European Commission provides detailed guidance on how legacy devices will be identified in Eudamed and how their different device identifier will be generated and assigned.
The European Commission Medical Devices website on Eudamed currently has the following technical documents, videos, and infographic to support registration of all devices.