Optimizing Your Performance Evaluation Report (PER) for IVDR

The European Union’s In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) presents a rigorous regulatory framework that demands high standards of clinical evidence, making the Performance Evaluation Report (PER) a critical document for manufacturers. This report not only assesses the safety and performance of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices but also serves as a key element in compliance and market access under the IVDR. 

Understanding IVDR Requirements 

The IVDR emphasizes a comprehensive evaluation of IVD devices through a well-structured PER, which should include detailed data on analytical performance and clinical evaluation. Ensuring that these elements are thoroughly documented and clearly communicated is essential to meet the stringent requirements set by regulatory authorities and notified bodies. 

Common Pitfalls in PER Preparation 

IVD manufacturers often encounter specific challenges when compiling PERs: 

  1. Inadequate Analytical Performance Data: A common shortfall is the lack of detailed analytical performance data, which includes sensitivity, specificity, and precision of the IVD device. The FDA provides guidance on establishing these performance characteristics, emphasizing the need for substantial equivalence in premarket submissions, which can serve as a reference point for IVDR compliance (FDA, 2021). 
  1. Non-Compliance with Regulatory Standards: Failure to align with regulatory standards for non-clinical bench performance testing can result in significant setbacks. The FDA’s recommendations for non-clinical bench performance tests outline necessary protocols that can be adapted to meet IVDR standards, ensuring that all necessary mechanical and biological engineering performance aspects are covered (FDA, 2019). 

Strategies for Optimizing PER 

To optimize the quality of PER and streamline the approval process under IVDR, consider the following strategies: 

  • Engage with Regulatory Experts: Early engagement with experts who specialize in regulatory compliance and IVDR requirements can mitigate risks associated with PER preparation. Criterion Edge offers expertise in navigating these complex regulations, ensuring that your documentation is both comprehensive and compliant. 
  • Utilize Advanced Analytical Tools: Implementing advanced software and analytical tools can significantly improve the data management and analysis aspects of PER preparation, reducing the time and effort required to compile and revise these critical documents. 

Improving Submission Quality to Reduce Query Cycles 

Enhancing the initial submission quality can significantly reduce query cycles from regulatory bodies. A focused approach on improving document precision and addressing regulatory feedback proactively can decrease the number of review cycles and expedite market entry. 


The PER is a cornerstone document under IVDR, and its optimization is crucial for successful market access. By addressing common pitfalls and employing strategic enhancements, manufacturers can improve their compliance posture and streamline the regulatory approval process. Criterion Edge remains committed to supporting manufacturers in this journey, providing tailored solutions that align with the specific demands of the IVDR. 

For more insights on PER preparation and compliance with IVDR, visit Criterion Edge


FDA. (2021). Guidance on Establishing the Performance Characteristics of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices

FDA. (2019). Recommended Content and Format of Non-Clinical Bench Performance Testing Information in Premarket Submissions. 

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