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EU proposes tighter regulation for medical devices

From a sophisticated in vitro diagnostic device to a sticking plaster, medical devices are central to our health and quality of life and thus in the firing line for the most up to date regulatory provision. This is something the European Union feels strongly about and last week an official start of revisions to the EU Medical Devices Directive was launched. 

New, more stringent rules are to be put in place “to ensure that only safe devices are placed on the European Union's market {and that}, at the same time, they foster innovation and contribute to maintaining the competitiveness of the medical device sector," said Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli

The new rules will have an impact on patients, healthcare professionals and manufacturers. All devices will now have to undergo thorough assessment of safety and performance before they can be sold in Europe. Control processes will be radically reinforced.

There will also be clearer rules for manufacturers, to simplify trading between EU countries. The new rules are designed to support patient-oriented innovation and take particular account of the specific needs of the many small and medium-sized manufacturers in this sector.

Main elements of the proposals include:

  • Wider and clearer scope of EU legislation, extended to include, for example, implants for aesthetic purposes, and clarified for instance, as regards medical software. 

  • Stronger supervision of independent assessment bodies by national authorities.

  • More powers and obligations for assessment bodies, to ensure thorough testing and regular checks on manufacturers, including unannounced factory inspections and sample testing.

  • Clearer rights and responsibilities for manufacturers, importers and distributors, applying also to diagnostic services and internet sales.

  • Extended database on medical devices, providing comprehensive and public information on products available on the EU market. Patients, healthcare professionals and the public at large will have access to the key data concerning medical devices available in Europe, allowing them to make better informed decisions.

  • Better traceability of devices throughout the supply chain, enabling a swift and effective response to safety concerns. A Unique Device Identification system will be introduced to enhance post-market safety of medical devices, to help to reduce medical errors and to fight against counterfeiting.

  • Stricter requirements for clinical evidence, to ensure patient and consumer safety.

  • Adaptation of the rules to technological and scientific progress, for example the adaptation of the safety and performance requirements applicable to new health technologies, such as software or nanomaterials used in healthcare;

  • Better coordination between national surveillance authorities, to ensure that only safe devices are available on the European market.

  • Alignment to international guidelines, to facilitate international trade. .

For more information:

http://ec.europa.eu/health/medical-devices/index_en.htm MEMO/12/710

 

ICT KTN members are invited to respond to these proposals. This is an opportuinity for members tof ICT KTN (as well as Health Tech and Medicines KTN) to make their opinions count, during the process of revison to the EU Medical Devices Directives.

 

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