Amendments to the European Medical Device Directives published

The European Commission has officially adopted a new Directive that is of critical importance to most medical device companies selling and/or conducting clinical trials in Europe. The new Directive 2007/47/EC amends parts of the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC), the Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive (90/385/EEC) and the Biocidal Products Directive (98/8/EC).

The changes to the Medical Devices Directive are the first significant changes in 14 years. The existing Medical Device and Active Implantable Medical Devices Directives remain in force and are amended by this new Directive. All EU member states must transpose this Directive into their national law by December 21, 2008 and the new Directive will be mandatory as of MARCH 21, 2010.

We will provide you with a more detailed assessment and overview of the changes and how these may affect you, but we did not want to delay informing you about the arrival of Directive 2007/47/EC. Some of the major changes will require your immediate attention and in order to be in compliance with those changes by March 2010, you should start planning and, in some cases, take action as soon possible.

The need for clinical data and clinical evaluation as part of your technical documentation (including low and medium risk devices) will require your close attention and action. Also, Post Market Surveillance including vigilance is strongly emphasized in the new Directive and require immediate changes to your current procedures and processes in place. This immediate action is also triggered by the new European MEDDEV 2.12-1 Rev 5 guideline on vigilance. Even though the Guideline is not legally binding, some member states are adopting these guidelines into their national legislation which makes it mandatory to meet these requirements.

You can download a PDF copy of Directive 2007/47/EC by visiting the European Regulations section of our Learning Library.

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