GMP News - Medical Devices

18.10.18

EU guidance for new Medical Device Regulation (MDR)

With the coming into force of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) in 2020, the guidelines 93/42/EEC and 90/385/EEC, which have regulated the field of medical devices so far, will become invalid. Two EU documents define what is going to change and how the changes need to be implemented.

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18.10.18

Borderline questions on medical devices

At what point is a medical device considered a medical device in Europe? So-called borderline products sometimes cause problems regarding classification; a guideline on Borderline products by the European Union may be of help.

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26.09.18

New VDI Guidelines for Barrier Systems, Medical Devices and HVAC systems

In August, the Association of German Engineers (VDI ="Verein Deutscher Ingenieure") released three interesting VDI guidelines. The topics addressed are tightness of containment systems, identification of critical impurities in the manufacturing process of medical devices as well as requirements on the planning and implementation of central HVAC systems. Find out more about the new VDI guidelines.

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21.08.18

Data Integrity: Best Practices for using eHRs in Clinical Investigations

With the final guidance on the Use of Electronic Health Record Data in Clinical Investigations the US FDA intends to assist sponsors, clinical investigators, contract research organizations (CRO´s), institutional review boards (IRBs), and other interested parties in the use of eHR data in clinical investigations.

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16.08.18

Notably low number of warning letters issued to device manufacturers in first half of fiscal year 2018

The evaluation of the FDA warning letters regarding medical devices of the first half of fiscal year 2017 yielded a remarkable low number of warning letters. Find out, what the evaluation of the medical devices warning letters in the first half of fiscal year 2018 showed.

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16.08.18

What makes a medical device a medical device? New FDA guideline on product classification

On twelve pages, the new FDA guideline entitled "Classification of Products as Drugs and Devices and Devices and Additional Product Classification Issues: Guidance for Industry" describes how the FDA classifies products as drug products, medical devices or others.

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16.08.18

New WHO guideline on medical devices and IVDs

On 76 pages spread over five chapters, the WHO has published a finalised regulatory framework for medical devices, including In-vitro-Diagnostics (IVDs), with the title "WHO Global Model Regulatory Framework for Medical Devices Including in Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices".

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13.06.18

FDA opens Docket on Software Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, recently opened a docket on specific types of software, including general wellness software products, electronic patient records and more.

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19.12.17

Warning Letter on Combination Products 21 CFR 4

For several years, combination products have been regulated by 21 CFR 4 in the USA. In September 2017, the FDA issued a Warning Letter to a manufacturer of combination products. What did the FDA criticise?

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19.12.17

2017 Medical Devices Warning Letters Statistics

In the first half of Fiscal Year 2017 review you could read about the Warning Letters issued to manufacturers of medical devices during 1 October 2016 through 31 March, 2017. Now, the numbers of Medical Device Warning Letters for the entire fiscal year 2017 (1 October 2016 - 30 September 2017) are available.

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19.12.17

New WHO Guideline for Medical Devices and IVDs

The WHO has published a finalised 76-page regulatory framework for medical devices including in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDs) divided into 5 chapters. What is the purpose of the document entitled "WHO Global Model Regulatory Framework for Medical Devices Including in Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices"? 

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19.12.17

New FDA Guideline on Product Classification - what is a Drug, what isn't?

The new FDA guideline titled "Classification of Products as Drugs and Devices and Devices and Additional Product Classification Issues: Guidance for Industry" describes how the FDA classifies products as drugs, medical devices or other.

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10.10.17

MHRA elaborates on new EU regulations for medical devices and IVDRs

Despite Brexit, the British "Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency" (MHRA) informs about new EU regulations for medical devices.

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10.10.17

Handling of Changes to Medical Device Products for approved Combination Products

In a recent news you could read about a question-and-answer document from the EMA, describing certain issues concerning the handling of changes after approval ("variations"). This document has been updated again. The topic of changes to medical devices after the approval of "combination products" has now been added.

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25.09.17

Qualification of Development Tools for Medical Devices - Guidance for Industry

The topic of development has been playing an important role for the FDA, not only in the pharmaceutical sector, but also with regard to medical devices for quite some time. An FDA draft guidance document on the qualification of development tools from 2013 has now been finalized. 

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