Technical File

A Technical File is proof that a medical device complies with the essential safety and health requirements set down by  the relevant Directive(s) and Regulations. Technical Files are required  for all classes of medical devices – Class I, Is, Ir, Im, IIa, IIb, III – and they must hold essential information about the medical device,  and may include photographs and diagrams. The Member State in which the  notified body is established may require the technical file to be made  available in an official language determined by that Member State. In  absence of such requirement, the technical file shall be provided in a  language acceptable by the notified body

However, English is the  most commonly used. An up to date electronic or hard copy of the file  needs to be kept available in Europe allowing it to be presented to any  EU Competent Authorities upon request. Manufacturers based outside the  EU are to make it available at the address of their European Authorized Representative. As part of the CE Marking process,  it is also advised that an external expert reviews the Technical File.  For more information about Technical Files, please see our Technical File Compliance page.

Clinical Evaluation Reports will now be required of Class I manufacturers where they were not previously.

If you existing technical file has not yet undergone a critical gap analysis in order to make the necessary upgrades under the Medical Device Regulation, it is advisable to do so as soon as possible.


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For more information on the labelling and Instructions for Use under the new Regulation check the MDR Checklist available on MDlaw.eu!

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