Ronald’s work currently focusses on the transition to the new Medical Devices Regulation for manufacturers of medical devices. This includes clinical strategies and notified body search. He has a wide range of experience in borderline cases, where the product status is not immediately clear or where the risk class is an issue. He is also involved in sensitive market surveillance cases, where competent authorities need to be informed adequately. He represents Emergo in the Executive Board of the European Association of Authorized Representatives (EAAR) and he is delegated by EAAR to the MDR Eudamed Steering Committee and four of the seven MDR Eudamed Working Groups. He started working for Emergo in 2013. Since then he has worked on more than 100 projects, involving product status determination, Clinical Evaluation Report assembly, Technical Documentation assembly, training, assisting manufacturers in discussions with Competent Authorities etc. He is one of the leading authors of regulatory white papers and blogs published on the Emergo website.
Before working for Emergo Ronald was a Senior Inspector at the IGJ, the competent authority for medical devices for The Netherlands. As a senior inspector he has been involved in inspections of manufacturers of medical devices and IVD’s. He has worked on many market surveillance cases and on projects in which technical documentation of a cohort of manufacturers was linked to actual market experience in hospitals or other environments. He has represented The Netherlands in several working groups of the European Commission, like the MDEG on Borderline and Classification, the COEN working group and Eudamed. He has worked for the IGJ for more than 11 years.
Ronald compares Regulatory work with flying a plane: a good pilot can land his plane in a storm; an excellent pilot does not end up in bad weather.