New regulations that will enhance patient safety and facilitate access to new technology welcomed

The medical technology industry welcomes the vote on the consolidated medical device and in vitro diagnostics regulation texts by representatives of the Council and the Parliament on Wedneday 15th June.

The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee of the European Parliament and Council’s Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) voted to endorse the trilogue agreement. The texts can be downloaded and viewed on the European Parliament website – click here for more information.

MedTech Europe, the alliance of the medical device association Eucomed and the in vitro diagnostics association EDMA, continue to recognise the importance of these regulations towards the sector and the healthcare continuum at large.

“Medical technologies save lives, improve health and contribute to sustainable healthcare. Many of the proposed updates in the regulations are welcomed by our industry as they will enhance patient safety and facilitate access to new technology” says Serge Bernasconi, CEO of MedTech Europe.  “I believe that the new regulations are critical in filling in the gaps of the existing laws and in bringing a more harmonised set of guidelines across the region”, he added.

EDMA and Eucomed have already begun working on an in-depth analysis of the regulations to assess the overall impact towards the industry.  At the same time, EDMA and Eucomed are putting in place plans to provide active guidance and expertise for members to comply smoothly with the new regulations. IMSTA will put these Guidelines up on the members only section of our website in due course.

The consolidated texts are expected to undergo legal review and language translations in the coming months and are expected to be formally adopted at the end of 2016. The regulations would then apply to the medical devices and to the in vitro diagnostics sectors by 2020 and 2022 respectively.