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What are the changes in Medical Device Regulation?
The European Parliament has replaced Medical Devices Directives (MDD, AIMD, IVDD) by Regulations (MDR and IVDR)
Sustained pressure from industry, a severe shortage of notified bodies and the risk of a market collapse for diagnostics during the COVID-19 pandemic led the European Commission to amend several provisions of the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation affecting application dates of some of the regulation’s requirements. This would ensure that safe medical devices such as COVID and other tests continue to be available to patients and healthcare systems during the COVID pandemic.
IVDR’s 2-year transition phase was extended by 1 to 3 years:
Low-Risk Devices: transition extended until May 2027
Moderate-Risk Devices: transition extended until May 2026
High-Risk Devices: transition extended until May 2025
Note: the date of application of the IVDR came into effect on 26 May 2022 and entirely applies to CE marked IVDs that do not necessitate the participation of a notified body. IVDR relating to vigilance and post-market surveillance applies in full to products falling in scope of the regulation, independently of whether they are affected by extended transition period.
Updated in March 2022.
Author: Alix Auter, Life-Science Consultant KVALITO
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