BVMed Suggests Immediate Action to Improve Medical Device Regulation in Europe

January 17, 2013 – 6:06 am

The German Medical Technology Association BVMed is asking the European Commission, the Council and the Parliament to take immediate action on appropriate measures to improve the designation and surveillance of notified bodies and market surveillance of medical devices. “Legal measures should be implemented early, preferably this year, to re-establish confidence in the system of market access and market surveillance,” stated BVMed CEO and Member of the Board Joachim M. Schmitt in a letter to Health Commissioner Tonio Borg.

According to BVMed, the following proposals should be extracted from the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) catalogue and be treated separately:

1. harmonisation and improvement of the designation and surveillance of notified bodies,
2. harmonisation and improvement of surveillance of manufacturers and market surveillance conducted by notified bodies and competent authorities,
3. centralisation of the registration of manufacturers and of vigilance reporting via Eudamed.

The Pip implant scandal has led to a great uncertainty of the public and of patients concerned. The event triggered an intensive discussion on how the present system may be improved to prevent the recurrence of cases similar to the Pip scandal or to reveal such cases much earlier.”The medical device industry is interested in having a working healthcare market enabling us to ensure patients to benefit from a high quality standard in healthcare procurement. Our member companies wish to re-establish confidence in our sector and to strengthen it. They also wish to keep the EU healthcare sector competitive,” states BVMed CEO Schmitt.

BVMed agrees with the European Commission that the present EU legal framework all in all has proven to be effective. Nevertheless, weak spots of the system have been identified in the designation and surveillance of notified bodies as well as surveillance of manufacturers and the market. Even though the Commission proposal for a new European MDR gives good examples how these weak spots may be improved, the final implementation of these amendments can take years. For the industry sector and the public this means an unnecessary loss of time and possible damage of the reputation of the EU healthcare sector. BVMed is therefore asking to take immediate action.

Read more about the Pip implant scandal here on medtechinsider:

Pip Is Exception, Stresses French Medtech Association

Eucomed Weighs in on l’Affaire Pip

UK Pip Implant Report Calls for Improvements to MHRA, EU Device Regulations

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