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    May’s Regulatory Focus: EU MDR and EU IVDR update, and more

    Feature articles during May focused on the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). The 26 May deadline for the MDR has come and gone, and the regulation is now being fully applied after a yearlong delay because of the pandemic. Next up is the application deadline for the IVDR, now set for 26 May 2022. Articles in this issue examined the extent of preparedness among regulators, sponsors, and manufacturers for the two application ...
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    MDR's Day One: Experts weigh in

    Editor’s note: Today, MDR comes into effect. We took the opportunity to check in with medical device regulatory experts now that the day is at hand. This “ News in Focus ” article is the first in an occasional series where we will provide expert perspective or opinion on regulatory news. Look to Regulatory Focus for more insights on other topics in the coming weeks.   In the EU, the day has come. On Wednesday, the European Commission applied the updated suite of re...
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    Recon: CMS head confirmed; EU seeks breach-of-contract fine from AZ

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Biden's CMS head confirmed, but FDA pick remains elusive ( Axios/Yahoo ) BARDA Funding Freeze Risks Companies Abandoning COVID Therapeutic Work ( Pink Sheet ) CDC: Half of US adults now vaccinated against COVID-19 ( The Hill ) Pandemic creates 500-site backlog for FDA, despite decade of dwindling US inspections ( Pharma Tech ) The Vaccine Rollout Is Changing ...
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    MDR scope extension with human tissue: Regulatory implications and concerns

    Human tissue is newly introduced to the scope of the EU Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR). Although it offers the opportunity for uniform market access of device/tissue products, lack of clarity and borderline challenges remain and are centered on linking a harmonized device framework with a nonharmonized human tissue framework. Concerns include a shortage in the number of available notified bodies, decentralized regulatory oversight for tissues, and absence of an “Articl...
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    Strategic lifecycle approach to medical device regulation

    The purpose of this article is to highlight new facets of EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) in the medical device industry. The article contains references to both MDR legal articles and recommendations that will challenge organizations to take a more holistic viewpoint of their products, resources, and regulatory toolkit to be compliant in the EU.   Introduction The application date of 2017/745 MDR 1 is 26 May 2021, when it will officially supersede the 93/42/EC...
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    MDCG offers guidance on clinical investigations in Eudamed’s absence

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) this week issued guidance providing a set of templates that will be used to fulfill the application/notification submission requirements for clinical investigations under the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) prior to the availability of the Eudamed clinical investigations and performance studies module.   Under MDR, sponsors of clinical investigations for medical devices are required to submit an appli...
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    EU MDR countdown: Readiness of medtech companies in Europe

    Around 75 days before the EU Medical Device Regulation’s May 2021 deadline, a survey was launched to evaluate EU-based medtech companies’ readiness for the impending changes. The findings showed that many manufacturers, particularly those with lower-risk devices, still feel unprepared for the new demands a year after the postponement. Notified bodies no longer seem to pose a major challenge, yet the regulation remains time- and cost-consuming, especially with regard to cli...
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    Euro Convergence: Mind the gap in MDR's treatment of combo products

    Navigating the re-consultation process for drug-device combination products under EU’s new Medical Device Regulation can be tricky business, said panelists during a session at Euro Convergence 2021.   Speakers at the combination products-focused session shared experiences and highlighted gaps where manufacturers still need clarity from competent authorities, who themselves are feeling the strain of implementing new regulations while they continue to sort out post-Brexi...
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    Euro Convergence: Experts advise on ways to manage the MDR grace period

    Medical device companies in Europe have much work to do to get their products compliant with the EU’s new Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and should not be wasting any time, asserted a panel of experts who spoke at RAPS Euro Convergence 2021 on 10 May.   At the virtual meeting, the experts gave some concrete advice for device manufacturers to ready themselves for a seamless transition.   The EU Medical Device Regulations (MDR) is a new set of new regulatory require...
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    Euro Convergence: Regulators and industry seek ‘sparks’ of European change

    The opening plenary of RAPS Euro Convergence 2021 saw regulators, competent authorities, and industry representatives highlighting pressing regulatory issues for in vitro diagnostics and combination products, among other topics.   The plenary kicked off with regulators presenting “sparks,” or hot button topics intended to trigger discussion; an industry panel was then given the chance to respond to proposals from the panel of regulators and notified body representati...
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    MDCG offers guidance on clinical investigations under MDR

    In new questions and answers guidance released last week, the European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) offers advice to device makers on the appropriate regulatory pathways and other considerations for conducting clinical investigations under the Medical Device Regulation (MDR).   The 19-page document features 28 questions and answers as well as two annexes charting the regulatory pathways for clinical investigations and a non-exhaustive list of...
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    MDR/IVDR: Commission adopts new standardization request

    The European Commission this week adopted a new standardization request for harmonized European standards in support of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) after its initial standardization request was rejected last year.   In a commission implementing decision dated 14 April 2021, the Commission calls on the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENE...