Background: The MDR is a significant development and strengthening of the existing regulatory system for medical devices in Europe and will replace the original directives which have been in place for over 25 years.
The European Union’s Medical Device Regulations 2017/745, or MDR, becomes fully effective for new products, or significant changes to existing products, to be placed on the EU Market from May 26th, 2020. The MDR replaces the existing Medical Device Directive, or MDD.
The legislation now being in the form of a Regulation, rather than a Directive, means that the EU law is directly enforceable in all member states without requiring transposition by each member state into national law. This will allow for greater legal certainty and prevents variation in the approach taken or in the rules relating to medical devices that are applied across EU Member States.
Vitalograph will continue to develop and produce medical device products that are safe, reliable and effective. The MDR is a welcome improvement in the EU regulatory system for medical devices. It will allow for an effective, consistent and robust regulatory framework for medical devices across Europe. Above all this regulation puts patient safety first.
Vitalograph have taken the following steps to ensure we can continue to legally supply, our existing MDD EC certified product portfolio to our customers after May 26th, 2020. We have requested extension of existing MDD EC certificates with our Notified Body, which will allow us to continue to place existing products, that are currently MDD EC certified, on the EU Market up until May 26th, 2024. In the interim period, we will be phasing in MDR compliance across applicable product lines. To help assist our customers in understanding whether product is conforming to the MDD or the MDR from May 2020, our EU Declaration of Conformity document will show both MDD and MDR compliance status, as appropriate, to each model series.
All new products brought to the EU market after May 2020, Class I devices or significant changes to existing devices on or after this date, will fully comply with the MDR. Under the provisions outlined above, Vitalograph will continue to supply Medical Devices with MDD Certificates after May 2020.
Vitalograph management will continue to ensure we are in a state of MDR audit readiness.