Medical Devices

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Introduction to Medical Devices in the EU Market

While preparing to export your medical devices to the EU Market, it is important verify whether or not your products will fall under the scope of 'medical device' according to its specific EU legislation. If they do qualify as medical devices, you will also need to determine the appropriate classification before choosing the most suitable and appropriate conformity assessment route.

Currently, this legal framework got a worldwide attention because of the Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC to the Medical Device Regulation 2017/745/EC. As the Directive has been in place since June 14th, 1998 and this will undoubtedly be a great undertaking for medical device manufacturers, Authorized Representatives & Notified Bodies in completing this transition.

EU Medical Device Legislation

From May 26th, 2020, the NEW MDR 2017/745/EU becomes fully applicable in the EU as the only legal framework for medical devices.


Key Facts:

  • MDR entered into force on 26 May 2017
  • MDR fully applies from 26 May 2020
  • CE Certificates issued under the Medical Devices Directive, before 26 May 2020, may remain valid for up to four additional years (26 May 2024)
  • Medical devices already placed on the market under the MDD before 26 May 2024 can continue to be made available until 26 May 2025
  • All devices entering the market from 26 May 2024 must fully comply with the MDR

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