September 13, 2022

MDCG 2022-12: “Alternative Solutions” Document. Interim Guidance for IVD Manufacturers  

Author: Criterion Edge Writers

What You Need to Know  

The Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) released a new document (MDCG 2022-12) to establish guidelines for in vitro diagnostic medical device (IVD) manufacturers while the EU awaits the European Database on Medical Devices (EUDAMED), a project that was scheduled to be completed years earlier than its now-projected date of Q2 2024.  

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September 6, 2022

European Commission Announces EUDAMED Will be Ready in Q2 2024 – But Can We Believe It? 

Author: Criterion Edge Writers

What You Need to Know 

Already delayed by 4 years, the European Database on Medical Devices (EUDAMED), a European Union (EU) database considered to be the foundation of the EU medical device and in vitro diagnostic regulations (MDR and IVDR), now has an updated timeline for launch, according to the European Commission

Mark Your Calendar  

When the database becomes operational, the following timeline is expected. Of note, it remains uncertain whether EUDAMED modules will have a staggered release.  

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March 16, 2022

“Unachievable Deadlines” – The EU’s Team-NB Calls for New Guidance on Allowing Remote Audits

Author: Stacie Beecham

Resource constraints facing global manufacturers are also being felt by Notified Bodies (NBs) across Europe, due to the additional requirements imposed by the new MDR/IVDR Regulations. Team-NB, the European notified body association, issued a position paper to express concerns about lack of resources and guidance to assist in meeting the certification deadlines.

The primary concern cited is that Europe faces a likely device shortage for patients due to the more complex and longer certification processes required under MDR/IVDR. The demands are too great for the small number of MDR/IVDR designated Notified Bodies (NBs), with only 25 NBs for MDR, and 6 for IVDR, as compared with 51 NBs designated for MDD, and 21 under the AIMDD/IVDD Directives.

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February 25, 2022

Expert Opinion Panels and New Guidance Documents Are Part of the Changing Landscape of MDR 2017/745

Author: Suzanne Broussard, PhD  | February 25, 2022

The European Union (EU) saw 2021 bring important milestones and changes to the implementation of Medical Device Regulation (MDR) 2017/745. Key highlights included compliance dates, expert opinion panels, newly published guidance and standards. 

MDD Grace Period Extension

The original deadline of 26 May 2021 for MDR 2017/745 compliance has come and gone, and many medical device manufacturers with devices granted a CE mark under MDD are taking advantage of the 26 May 2024 grace period to become fully complaint with MDR. As of September 2021, the EU notified bodies had granted only 502 conformity assessment certificates, thus, it is anticipated there will be an extreme bottleneck in 2023 and especially in 2024 due to limited notified body availability as manufacturers scramble to meet the May 2024 deadline.

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June 8, 2021

IVDR Compliance: Insights Gained from Writing MDR-Compliant CERs that Can Be Leveraged to Meet IVDR Requirements

Author: Suzanne Broussard, PhD  | June 8, 2021

In vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical device manufacturers are scrambling to meet the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) 2017/746 requirements imposed by the European Union (EU). Changes in IVD classification will require the majority of IVDs currently marketed in the EU to undergo notified body scrutiny under IVDR and obtain CE marking, yet few guidance documents have been released. Lessons learned from meeting Medical Device Regulation (MDR) 2017/745 can help pave the way.  

Here we share our insights learned from writing many MDR-compliant Clinical Evaluation Reports (CERs) in the context of IVD medical devices and the looming IVDR deadline. 

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