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Medical Devices | EU MDR

Impact of of MDCG 2021-24 on the Classification of Spinal Implants

The recently released guidance on classification of medical devices is very concerning for manufacturers with spinal implantable medical devices. MDCG 2021-24 appears to have classified many spinal fusion devices that were previously thought to be Class IIb as Class III. This means a more intense application process, closer scrutiny from notified bodies, and a significant resource investment into reclassification.
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EU MDR

Is Your Medical Device a Well-Established Technology (WET)?

As guidance committees, manufacturers, and notified bodies continue to interpret the EU MDR, some areas remain fuzzy. Well-established technology (WET) is high on the list of definitions that are disputed as notified bodies seem to have a different interpretation than the guidance document. This puts manufacturers in the difficult position of having to decide whether a device is a WET and defending that stance to notified bodies.
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MDR | IVDR | SSCP Requirements | Safety and Performance (SSP)

Overcoming Challenges and Streamlining Your SSCPs and SSPs

In case you missed it, the latest presentation in our webinar series covers the new requirements under EU MDR and IVDR: the Summary of Safety and Clinical Performance (SSCP) and Summary of Safety and Performance (SSP), respectively. It’s no surprise that manufacturers are finding it challenging to produce these reports because they are completely new to everybody. 
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MDR | Clinical Evaluation Report

What Are Clinical Benefits and How Do You Evaluate Them in Your CER?

The rollout of the EU MDR has created new challenges for medical device manufacturers, including those that have had devices on the market for a long time. One area of increased focus is the need to quantitatively establish the clinical benefits to patients from the device based on relevant and specified clinical outcome parameters. This requirement is being strictly enforced by notified bodies and, although this can be straightforward for some types of devices, for others, it can be difficult to define the benefits to the patient.
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IVD | IVDR

Facts & FAQs: European Commission Proposal for Amendment of the IVDR (EU) 2017/746

Background The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented challenges for the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) implementation impacting both manufacturers and key European Union (EU) infrastructure. On one hand, manufacturers were faced with staff shortages impacting their transition efforts and have largely shifted their focus towards the development of COVID-19 assays to fight the pandemic. At the same time, key infrastructure such as Notified Body (NB) designation, EU Reference Labs, and EUDAMED has experienced significant delays - only six NBs are designated to the IVDR, and some are at capacity already and will not take new clients. This scenario threatened significant disruption to the supply chain – the majority of IVDs under the current IVD Directive will require NB assessment under the regulation and failure to secure an assessment by May 2022 would lead to previously self-declared products coming off the market in the next seven months. Only 5% of the IVDs needing a Notified Body certificate by May 2022 have actually been granted one under this timeline. With 70% of every clinical decision being based on diagnostics, several stakeholders including NBs, healthcare professionals and patient groups expressed their concerns about a potential collapse of the healthcare system and called for urgent action. This resulted in a proposal from the European Commission on 14 Oct 2021 to review transitional provisions in the IVDR and establish a progressive roll-out. In this blog, Carlos Galamba, RQM+ IVD Director, provides the key points to be aware of in the European Commission proposal and answers the most commonly asked questions we received so far. Carlos was a leader in IVDR implementation in his role at BSI through September 2021, where he supported and led IVDR Notified Body designations, was responsible for the development of clinical procedures, technical guidance for BSI reviewers, and consulted on MDCG draft guidance prior to publication including, for example, IVD batch verification, summary of safety and performance, IVD classification rules and performance evaluation for SARS-CoV-2.
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Quality Management System | post market surveillance

Integrating Post-Market Surveillance Into Your QMS

Now that medical device manufacturers have begun to implement MDR-compliant post-market surveillance (PMS) systems, it is a good time to take stock of common areas of difficulty and inefficiency, and consider how best to address these. Even manufacturers who are continuing to place their devices under extended MDD certification have been required to comply with MDR post-market requirements since May this year.
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team members | IVDR

Carlos Galamba Joins RQM+ as IVD Director

RQM+ is excited to announce the addition of Carlos Galamba as IVD Director after several years working for one of the largest Notified Bodies leading a global IVD team and assisting in the IVDR transition efforts.
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post market surveillance | MDR

Post-Market Surveillance: A Concise Overview of Requirements

Following the May 2021 deadline, medical device manufacturers now have an MDR-compliant post-market surveillance (PMS) system in place. However, there are still many issues and questions around this topic which need addressing.
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MDR | IVDR

Top 10 Tips on How to Write a PMS Report and PSUR Without an Official Guidance Document

Manufacturers have relied on guidance from the Medical Device Coordination Group and similar organizations to interpret many of the new regulations under EU MDR and IVDR. However, guidance has not been provided for every aspect of the regulation, and application deadlines have not shifted, leaving manufacturers struggling to understand precisely how to be compliant.
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team members

Dr. Andrew Tarnaris Joins RQM+ as Medical Director

RQM+ is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Andrew Tarnaris as Medical Director. With a background as both a medical doctor and notified body clinical expert, he represents an excellent example of our unique combination of clinical and regulatory experience.
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IVD | IVDR | COVID-19

EU Update: SARS-CoV-2 In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device Performance Evaluation MDCG Guidance Published

A new guidance document (MDCG 2020-21) has been published on the 3rd of August by the Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) pertaining to performance evaluation of SARS-CoV-2 in vitro diagnostic medical devices. This document provides extensive details on what is expected for SARS-CoV2 IVDs and is envisaged to form the basis for common specification to be adopted in coming months. Even if you are not making SARS-CoV-2 assays the testing details and sample sizes outlined in the guidance provide insight on the IVDR impact to technical documentation and Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs) and provide a glimpse into the level of evidence required.
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MDR | Clinical Evaluation Report

RQM+ MDR Clinical Evaluation Roadmap: An Interview with Dr. Jai Kutty

The introduction of MDR caused a major transformation in the medical device industry. Manufacturers continue to grapple with all elements of compliance, but clinical evaluation presents unique challenges. RQM+ is committed to helping clients navigate these challenges with former notified body leaders who understand what reviewers are looking for when evaluating clinical evidence.
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