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Switzerland: MedDO to MDR

The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has announced that their current medical device standard Medical Devices Ordinance (MedDO) will undergo revisions in order to reflect the EU’s adoption of the MDR and IVDR. Although Switzerland isn’t part of the European Union it bases its regulations around the EU rules in order to maintain access to the EU market.

The enforcement of the new EU MDR rules is thought to be a staged approach but ultimately tie in with the EU times lines, therefore this will come into force in Switzerland during 2020.

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Could the EUDAMED set the global standard?

With the implementation of UDI in the EU following the roll out of the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and In-Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR), the European Database for Medical Devices (EUDAMED) has been created in anticipation. It has now been suggested that this database will be extended and set the global data exchange standard. 

Currently when accessing EUDAMED European Authorities have full access to the data while those outside only have public or limited access. The European Commission is considering extending the access to boost sharing of the device safety information with the suggestion that this can set the standard for global data exchange in the industry.

This extended access will be rolled out, the European Commission is thought likely to choose those already taking part in the NCAR exchange programme. The data exchange would be an extension to the NCAR system.

This seems a very ambitious project and we imagine it will take some time to coordinate. We suspect that it will require other UDI systems to become compatible with EUDAMED and that they will be involved in its further development.

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Latest MDR & IVDR Progress

Where are we now

25th May 2016: MDR & IVDR final agreement was reached

7th March 2017: Final adoption from EU council

5th April 2017: Final adoption from EU parliment

5th May 2017: Official publication

25th May 2017: MDR & IVDR now in force

26th Nov 2017: NBs apply for designation

26th May 2020: Full application for MDR from now on

26th May 2022: Full application for IVDRfrom now on


Transition Timeline For MDR & IVDR

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Brexit & The Medical Device Industry: Worst Case Scenario

 A new notice from the European Commission lays out how Brexit will impact economic operators including medical device companies, Authorised Representatives and Notified Bodies.

In Jan 2018 the European Commission published a notice that identified medical device companies, authorised representatives and NBs that will be affected by Brexit. Many of these impacts would be only in a “worst case” scenario for example, if no mutual recognition agreement is reached, which at this point in time is unlikely. Testing this theory are the Brussels negotiators pushing a “no deal” concept. 

Brexit and Authorised Representatives (AR)

British manufactures will need an EU based AR, manufactures placing devices onto the EU market can only do so if the firm is based in the EU or they have an EU AR. Some sources speculate the UK will be treated like a third Country.

Importers and distributors

Following this same vein the UK will therefore no longer be able to be used by third countries as importers for the EU. If the distribution network isn’t evaluated and modified UK distributors will instead be considered importers. UK NBs can’t be used for the EU and new NBs will need to be appointed for your products.

Void CE Certificates 

CE certificates for EU regulations can only be issued by Notified Bodies based within the EU. This means that all certificates issued by UK-based Notified Bodies will become void after 29 March 2019. After that date British Notified Body can no longer issue CE Certificates for the EU.

UK-based manufacturers will need an AR, just like any non-EU manufacturer. They will have to create a distribution network with an AR/importer.

Suggested Effects

Problems with distribution networks effected downstream from UK operators will be an opportunity for EU based organisations.

Smaller UK device companies may have device availability effected.

New non UK based NBs will need to be found.

Possibly those most likely hit are British patients.

They will face the prospect of manufacturers that cannot reach the UK market as easily as they do now. Any-UK based manufacturer may incur additional costs for placing devices on the European market, which will be reflected in their product prices.

Emergo, Jan 2018

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US Medical Device Excise Tax (MDET) Returns in 2018


Despite multi-year efforts to fully repeal the Medical Device Excise Tax (MDET) on device sales in the US, the tax appears set to come back into force in early 2018.

After a 2 year reprieve the tax has been reintroduced with change in legislation at the end of Dec 2017. The 2.3% excise tax was originally enacted in 2013 as part of the Affordable Care Act as a way to help pay for expanded healthcare coverage, but the tax was suspended by Congress in 2016. Medical device trade associations estimate the tax could put a $20 billion damper on the industry over the next decade. The tax is thought to be enforced from early 2018. Repeal efforts have so far not succeeded.

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FDA Deliver Final Guidance on the Clinical Evaluation of Software as a Medical Device (SaMD)

US FDA final guidance on clinical evaluation of software as a medical device (SaMD) is now published 


The guidance is based on the Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) SaMD Worknig Group and according to the agency they will be used to develop more specific SaMD clinical evaluation guidance in the future.

Goals of SaMD clinical evaluation

According to the guidance, effective SaMD clinical evaluation should include three major components:


  • Valid clinical association between a SaMD’s output and its targeted clinical condition
  • Analytical validation showing that a SaMD correctly processes input data and generates accurate, reliable and precise output data
  • Clinical validation showing that using a SaMD’s output data achieves the product’s intended purpose in terms of clinical care

Emergo, US Medical Device blog

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