November 23, 2021

[FEATURED] MRA Or Not, Swiss Medtech Industry Urges Maximum Convergence With EU MDR

Swiss domestic medtech manufacturers reluctantly accept Switzerland’s new status as a third country to the EU, but the Swiss industry is anxious that new national regulations do not impose higher hurdles than the EU MDR. At present, there is a risk of that happening.


wiss medtech manufacturers appear to have taken a pragmatic view of the country’s newfound status as a third country to the EU, in the months since the EU Medical Device Regulation took effect. In the absence of the mutual recognition agreement (MRA) with the EU, the MDR does not apply directly in Switzerland, as the medical device directives did, so Switzerland enacted its own national Medical Device Ordinance (MedDO/MepV).

The revised Swiss medical device legislation was put in place to maintain Switzerland’s orientation towards both the MDR and the future IVD Regulation, regarding product quality, safety and efficacy. At some point in the future, a Swiss referendum might lead to a situation where mutual recognition and free market access are once again in place for both parties.

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November 16, 2021

[FEATURED] Latest European Commission Figures Suggest One More IVDR Notified Body In Pipeline And Then A Gap

The European Commission has updated its figures on the status of readiness of notified bodies under the Medical Device and IVD Regulations. Three more designations are imminent, but just one under the IVDR.


The urgency of having the necessary structures in place, including notified bodies, so that manufacturers can comply with the IVD Regulation, continues to be emphasized by all stakeholders in the EU IVD sector.

Accompanying this is a general sense that there has been a lack of transparency about when additional designations will be made, which hinders companies’ preparations.

The latest figures from the European Commission show that progress is being made, but not as quickly as the sector would like.

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November 8, 2021

[FEATURED] EN ISO 13485 and EN ISO 14971: Next Wave Of EU Standards Now Due ‘By December’

The EU Medical Device Regulation applied in May, but the 200 or so associated standards that support it remain in the early stages of preparation. A few have been issued, and now industry can expect a small second wave later in 2021.


In a best-case scenario 61% of today’s IVDs will be certified by the 26 May 2022 IVD Regulation deadline, and in a So far, only five standards have been published in the Official Journal of the EU in the context of the EU’s Medical Device Regulation, and four in the context of the IVD Regulation.

But more standards are due to be officially published this year, including the European versions of the international quality system standard EN ISO 13485 and of the risk management standard EN IS0 14971, standards that are the very foundation of the implementation of the MDR and IVDR but which are now going to be officially available later than the originally anticipated October deadline.

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October 14, 2021

[FEATURED] How The MDR Is Making The EU Competitively Backward

Pedantic versus pragmatic implementation of the EU MDR and its guidances, as well as notified bodies struggling with capacity and new processes, are creating a clunky, slow and expensive EU regulatory system that could damage EU industry, delegates heard at the RAPS Convergence meeting earlier this week.


When it comes to guidances supporting the implementation of the Medical Device Regulation, major issues are being created because there is “no real possibility for industry to actively and meaningly engage in drafting EU guidances” and provide input on how to make the new system work efficiently, Elizabeth Gfoeller, corporate director, regulatory affairs at MED-EL, an EU manufacturer of globally marketed hearing loss solutions, told the first day of the meeting on 13 September.

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October 12, 2021

[FEATURED] EN ISO 13485 Linked To MDR and IVDR At Last

Nearly four months after the full application date of the EU’s Medical Device Regulation, the EU standards bodies have updated the most critical medtech standard to align it with the new EU medtech regulations.


The European standards bodies, CEN and Cenelec, have published an update to the EU medical quality management system standard to link it for the first time with the new Medical Device and IVD Regulations.

EN ISO 13485:2016+A11:2021 features new annexes demonstrating the link between specific clauses of the standard and the general safety and performance requirements (GSPR) of the MDR and IVDR.

An EN ISO standard is an international standard that has been adopted at the level of the EU. The differences are outlined in the foreword and annexes to the EU document which make the link with EU requirements.

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