Views on the rules and regulations that govern MedTech.

96 blogs about the topic


Posted on 12.09.2018

New EU regulations: what’s next for Notified Bodies?

It is now circa ten months since any well-prepared Notified Bodies (NB) wishing to undertake conformity assessment under MDR (EU) 2017/745 and IVDR (EU) 2017/746 were able to submit formal applications.  The date of application of the MDR and IVDR, 27th May 2020, is currently 20 months away. I would like to publicly acknowledge the […]

By Gary Slack Senior Vice President Global Medical Devices, BSI Group

New Medical Device Regulation – an obstacle to progress

Posted on 11.06.2018

New Medical Device Regulation – an obstacle to progress

On May 25th, 2017, a new era began. The date marks the beginning of the Medical Device Regulation, the MDR in short. It provides a new framework for the certification of medical devices in Europe and is supposed to increase the transparency of the approval and application of medical devices, as well as to improve […]

By Dr. Meinrad Lugan Member of the Management Board, B. Braun Melsungen AG


Posted on 25.05.2018

IVDR/MDR transition periods: It’s time to talk about time

One year has now passed since the ‘new’ EU IVD and medical devices regulations entered into force. Since Day 1, the medical technology industry has been working at full capacity to achieve and maintain maximum possible readiness.  While I’d love to claim the same for all other essential elements of the new regulatory system, progress […]

By Oliver Bisazza Director Regulations & Industrial Policy - MedTech Europe


Posted on 05.03.2018

Invest! Lead! Engage! Let’s Make Europe’s New Regulatory System Work

We are now over 15% of the transition period of the new European IVD Regulation (IVDR) and over 25% of the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) transition. That said, transitioning to the new system comes with highly-ambitious timelines, and success will require great effort, by industry and authorities alike. Last week, at the Association of the […]

By Oliver Bisazza Director Regulations & Industrial Policy - MedTech Europe


Posted on 27.11.2017

Notified Bodies: Into the Mouth of the Wolf?

At long last, the date has arrived.  Organisations who aspire to be Notified Bodies under the European IVD and medical devices regulations can submit their applications as of yesterday, 26 November 2017.  In order for the new regulatory system to function as intended, it is essential that these assessment bodies be up-and-running as early as […]

By Oliver Bisazza Director Regulations & Industrial Policy - MedTech Europe


Posted on 19.09.2017

How diagnostics can shape the future of healthcare

As Germany goes to the polls, the VDGH, which represents in vitro diagnostics companies in Germany, has published a new policy paper on the future of healthcare. VDGH Managing Director Martin Walger tells Gary Finnegan why this is a crucial moment for health policy The paper was released just ahead of federal elections in Germany […]

By Gary Finnegan Journalist, editor, author


Posted on 06.09.2017

The challenges of a MedTech startup in the land of scattered Regulatory Information

According to the preliminary results of a study* aimed at the Finnish medical device industry, regulatory compliance pops up as the second biggest challenge burdening the industry. This, according to the study, comes in the wake of challenges for establishing effective international distributor channels. To me, this only verifies what I have experienced working in […]

By Heikki Pitkänen CEO & Founder


Posted on 23.08.2017

Feeling lost? Find your direction with the new IVD/MD regulations training

MedTech Europe and IVDR & MDR training: a contribution There has been a lot of noise in the MedTech community on the recently adopted in vitro diagnostic medical devices regulation (IVDR) and the medical devices regulation (MDR). These new regulations were some 10 years in the making, yet many details still have to be clarified […]


Posted on 18.01.2017

‘Sin taxes’ – all stick, no carrot

Shouldn’t we be rewarded for healthy behaviour rather than repeatedly punished for being ‘bad’? Fat tax and sugar tax, duty on cigarettes and vodka – everyone can think of a ‘sin tax’ they pay from time to time. These are the penalties we pay for making unhealthy choices. The idea of sin taxes has been […]

By Gary Finnegan Health Journalist