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Commission Recommendation on Unique Device Identification System in the EU

On 5 April, 2013 the European Commission adopted a recommendation on a common framework for a unique device identification (UDI) system in the EU. The hope is that a harmonized UDI system will facilitate device safety monitoring and reporting, recalls and other field safety corrective actions. It will also help avoid device-related medical errors and injuries … Continue Reading

“Notified Bodies” Under EU Device Regulations: Under Stricter Control But With More Power

This post originally appeared on our sister blog, InsideMedicalDevices. Unlike in the US, medical devices in the EU are not subject to a premarket authorization by a competent authority but instead to a conformity assessment procedure.  For low-risk devices, the manufacturer conducts this conformity assessment procedure, whereas for medium and high risk devices, independent third parties, so-called “Notified … Continue Reading

EU Proposes a Scrutiny Procedure for High-Risk Devices

This post originally appeared on our sister blog, InsideMedicalDevices. Following recent developments regarding breast implants and metal-on-metal hip joint replacements, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution calling for safer medical devices and the introduction of a marketing authorization system for high-risk devices.  While the Commission has not endorsed the EP’s resolution for a premarket authorization system in its Proposal for a new EU medical devices’ … Continue Reading

New UK Guidance for Doctors on Prescribing Medical Devices and Medicines

This post originally appeared on our sister blog, InsideMedicalDevices. The General Medical Council in the UK has issued new prescribing guidance for doctors that includes detailed provisions on prescribing medical devices and managing patients using medical devices. The GMC’s previous guidance was focused almost exclusively on medicines.  The new guidance recognizes that medical devices — particularly software-based devices … Continue Reading

Innovation vs. Safety: The New Proposed Rules for Medical Devices in the European Union

Article originally published in the FDLI Update (January/February 2013) “Being able to use innovative products at the earliest possible time – and in Europe we deliver innovation about three years before our American counterparts with their own system – is a benefit to patients that we cannot put aside.” This is how former European Union … Continue Reading

Proposed EU Rules Impact Commercial Testing Laboratories

This post originally appeared on our sister blog, InsideMedicalDevices. The European Commission has proposed a revision to the regulatory framework for in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDs) that could have a significant impact on the operations of commercial laboratories in the EU or those offering testing services to customers in the EU. Laboratory-Developed Tests Under current EU … Continue Reading

New Regulations for Medical Devices in Europe: Overview of the Legislative Process

This post originally appeared on our sister blog, InsideMedicalDevices. The publication by the European Commission of two proposals for the revision of the EU regulatory framework for medical devices in September has initiated the legislative process which will ultimately lead to the adoption of the final EU Regulations on medical devices.  The proposals have been transmitted to the European Parliament and … Continue Reading

New EU Regulations for Medical Devices and IVDs

This post originally appeared on our sister blog, InsideMedicalDevices. On September 26, 2012 the European Commission adopted its long awaited proposals for the revision of the EU regulatory framework for medical devices.  Three Directives, i.e., Directive 90/385/EEC on active implantable medical devices, Directive 93/42/EEC on medical devices and Directive 98/79/EC on in vitrodiagnostic medical devices (IVDs), will … Continue Reading

France – Prior Approval for Advertising for Medical Devices and IVDs

Originally published as Covington E-Alert on October 3, 2012 French Law No 2011-2012 of 29 December 2011 on the Strengthening of Health Protection for Medicinal and Health Products has been inserted into the Public Health Code (‘Code de la santé publique’ or CSP). It includes new advertising rules for medical devices (MDs) and in vitro … Continue Reading

New Medical Devices Regulations in the EU – Significant Changes But No Big Bang

Originally published as Covington E-Alert on September 26, 2012 Today the European Commission published its long awaited proposals for the revision of the EU regulatory framework for medical devices. Three Directives, i.e., Directive 90/385/EEC on active implantable medical devices, Directive 93/42/EEC on medical devices and Directive 98/79/EC on in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVD) will … Continue Reading

France – A Revolution for the Medical Devices Industry

Originally published as Covington E-Alert on February 13, 2012 New Advertising Rules Medicinal and Health Products (“loi relative au renforcement de la sécurité sanitaire du médicament et des produits de santé”) (the ‘New Law’) will have a tremendous impact on the medical devices industry. The industry will now be subject to new advertising rules, sunshine-like … Continue Reading

European Union Regulation of In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices

Article originally published in the In Vitro Diagnostics: The Complete Regulatory Guide (Chapter (8) with permission from FDLI), 2010 I. Introduction This chapter discusses the European Union (EU) regulation of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices, covering both pre- and postmarket regulatory requirements. In order to understand these rules and the manner in which they … Continue Reading

No More Red Tape: MHRA Awaits Tougher Sanctioning Powers in the UK

Article originally published in RAJ Devices, September/October 2009 The UK government in 2004 asked Philip Hampton, a leading businessman, to lead a review of regulatory inspection and enforcement across a number of the country’s regulatory agencies. The report of the review, called the Hampton Report, was published in March 2005 and set out an ambitious … Continue Reading

Product Liability and Reuse of Medical Devices

Article originally published in EURALex in October 2008 The reprocessing of medical devices has been an increasing industrial practice since the late 1970s. While reprocessing of some medical devices has taken place within hospitals for many years, the market for professional third-party reprocessing service providers has developed during the last decade due to financial pressures … Continue Reading

Global Harmonization Is Not All That Global: Divergent Approaches in Drug Safety

Article originally published in the Food and Drug Law Journal (with permission from FDLI), August 2008 I. INTRODUCTION Pharmacovigilance is a global public health activity that is currently undergoing a considerable amount of regulatory, social and political change. The standards expected by society have been raised following high-profile product withdrawals. Industry, regulatory authorities and consumers … Continue Reading

Medical Nanotechnology in Europe

 Article originally published in RAJ Pharma in July 2008 By 2015 nanotechnology-based medicines and medical devices are expected to flood the global market. Brian Kelly and Peter Bogaert discuss the regulatory and legal implications of medical nanotechnology in Europe. Nanotechnologies are the design, characterisation, production and application of structures, devices and systems by controlling shape and size … Continue Reading
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