The European Regulations on Medical Devices including Active Implantable Medical Devices (AIMD), and In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) Medical Devices have been officially published on May 5th, 2017. Both entered into force on May the 25th, 2017.
The ISO 13485 standard represents a Quality Management System base for many regulatory schemes.
With the recent publication of the new Medical Device and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulations, the regulatory framework surrounding Medical Devices evolves and re-enforces the control of external parties (Suppliers, Subcontractors).
The newest revision of the ISO 13485 standard published in March 2016 aims in the very same direction.
The Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and the In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR) were initially proposed in 2008 when the EU Commission triggered a consultation on the community’s existing requirements covering medical devices. The plan was 1st released by the commission in 2012 to modify the EU’s medical device regulatory framework along with a proposed regulation replacing the EU’s current Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC, the EU’s directive on Active Implantable Medical Device 90/385/EEC, and the In Vitro Diagnostic Directive 98/79/EEC.
Within the last few years, the Medical Device industry has witnessed a series of changes. The last one took place on April 5th, when the EU Parliament concluded years of tractions and discussions with the vote of the Medical Device and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulations.
What began in 2012 at the initiative of the European Commission came to an end during the plenary session of April 5th, 2017, with the adoption by the European Parliament of the new regulations on Medical and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (MDR and IVDR).
The Medical Device Industry has always been one of the most demanding when it comes to satisfying its stakeholders.
Satisfying and embracing the needs of multiple actors (market evolution, patient safety, investors, regulators and supply chains) has obligated Legal Manufacturers of medical devices to adapt to change in order to remain viable and in demand.