New Medical Devices and In-Vitro Diagnostic Regulations – Status of the Ongoing Discussions

The approval of the new EU Regulations on Medical Devices and In-Vitro Diagnostics Devices will be postponed to 2016.

During the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of the European Union of December 7th, 2015, The Luxembourg Rotating Presidency has presented an information report concerning the status of the ongoing discussions between the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission (so called trialogues).

Status of the negotiations

So far, 5 informal meetings and 7 technical meetings have tried to reach a consensus in view of developing a common text. Nonetheless a consensus is not yet reached among the involved parties.

Even though the negotiations will be extended through 2016, marking a 4th year of discussions since the original Commission’s proposals in 2012, the agreement between the institutions is being finalized and progress has been scored on some sections of the text. For instance, Chapter I (Scope), II (Obligations of economic operators) and III (Identification and Traceability) are now fundamentally agreed among the European Parliament and the Member States.

Consequences for manufacturers

It is expected that in 2016 a fundamental progression in the definition of the final text will be achieved.

This will imply that the new regulations will be soon enforced and become the new regulatory framework for medical and in-vitro diagnostics devices in the European Union. Manufacturers will clearly have an added value in relying on the support of professionals in order to safeguard their operations in Europe.

Obelis, with its more than 27 years of experience, can offer a full range of solutions for the compliance of manufacturers with the new requirements of the European legislation and the CE marking of their products.

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