June 20, 2018

[FEATURED] Substantial Drop In Certificates Withdrawn By EU Notified Bodies: Why Now?

Data from TEAM-NB, the EU notified body association, shows a big drop in withdrawn certificates from device firms. Does this signal an improvement in the quality of manufacturers’ submissions to notified bodies?

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May 30, 2018

Developing the state of the art section of the CER: challenges and pitfalls

There is no doubt that establishing state of the art is a challenge. It ranges from key information on the medical condition to a neutral, comprehensive analysis of treatment options, and culminates in a succinct yet comprehensive presentation that defines the currently accepted safety and performance standards against which the device is measured. Not surprisingly, common pitfalls include a perspective that is too broad and inclusion of too much detail, or a perspective that is too narrow, omitting relevant indications and alternative therapeutic options. An important critical aspect of the clinical evaluation that relies on state of the art data is also to appropriately define the position of the device within the currently available treatment portfolio.

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May 22, 2018

Why is it important to establish state of the art during the clinical evaluation?

The large number of mentions of state of the art throughout MEDDEV 2.7/1 rev 4 provide not only a comprehensive description of the importance, purpose, and role of establishing the state of the art, but also inform on how to incorporate this analysis into the clinical evaluation. The image below summarizes several core roles of this analysis.

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May 9, 2018

How has MEDDEV 2.7/1 rev 4 changed the requirements around State of the Art?

Prior to MEDDEV 2.7/1 rev 4, guidance referred to state of the art only vaguely. MEDDEV 2.7/1 rev 3 requested the discussion of clinical data “in comparison with” and “taking account of” state of the art, and that the clinical literature data cited “reflect current medical practice and the generally acknowledged state of the art technologies”. From a methodological standpoint, this is not much guidance. Thus, methodology, depth, and presentation of the medical background for a device was largely left to one’s interpretation, and thus conducted inconsistently, or, at least, heterogeneously. (more…)

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May 4, 2018

[FEATURED] Does EU Regulation Of 3D-Printed Implants Expose Gap In MDR Regime?

“Given that 3D printing is used for making device implants, many would expect tight regulation. But the EU Medical Device Regulation does not specifically regulate it, and there may be easier routes to compliance than companies think, according to attorney Joerg Schickert.”

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[WEBINAR] Live Q+A for ‘Assess Your CER for MDR Readiness, Part 1’ with Laurie

We had a large turnout at our webinar on April 29, 2020, “How to Assess Your CER for MDR Readiness, Part 1 : State of the Art, Safety & Performance Criteria, Equivalence and Systematic Literature Review.” We ended with many unanswered questions. To answer these and more questions, President Laurie Mitchell is coming back to host a Question & Answer session LIVE.

Jun 4, 2020 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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