All of us currently live in uncertain times as the coronavirus pandemic presents us with unprecedented challenges.
For this reason, the European Parliament has agreed to postpone the Date of Application of the EU MDR to 26 May 2021.
However, not all transition periods and expiration dates are postponed, and other regulatory authorities will soon be issuing their own medical device / UDI guidelines. We therefore recommend to not discard all EU MDR projects but to use the additional time to create an intelligent and strategic setup for UDI.
To keep you up to date, we have prepared this regulatory update which contains an updated overview of EU MDR and upcoming key actions of regulatory authorities in other markets.
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EU MDR overview
Global regulatory overview
„In order to ensure the smooth functioning of the internal market, a high level of protection of public health and patient safety, to provide legal certainty, and to avoid potential market disruption, it is necessary to defer the application of certain provisions of Regulation (EU) 2017/745 by one year.“
MDR Date of Application postponed by one year
Updated Timeline for EU MDR / IVDR
So that you keep track in the future, we have prepared a timeline with the most important stitch data for you:
We recently received information that the actor registration module is about to be made available no later than March, 2021 and also the UDI / Device module shall be made available in May, 2021 for voluntary submission of UDI / Device data. Therefore, we recommend to not discard all EU MDR projects but to use the additional time to create an intelligent and strategic setup for UDI.
We would be happy to support you actively and would like to offer you a workshop for an UDI Gap Assessment in which we analyze your existing UDI related processes and provide advice on how to build/enhance your strategic UDI setup.
Please contact us if you are interested in an UDI Gap Assessment workshop or how we may support you with regard to securing worldwide UDI compliance.
UDI is a global challenge, so keeping an eye on other markets is imperative.
No matter if EUDAMED is your first UDI-project or if it will be another country, your UDI-project will extend to an ongoing UDI-program as China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia are to follow in 2020 and other regulatory authorities are on track, too.
Here are some important informations about our selected markets, which will also be performing key actions in 2020:
From July 2019 to June 2020, China FDA is running a UDI pilot to verify the functionality of its UDI database. The go-live of the Chinese UDI database is planned with the date of application for implantable devices on 1st October 2020.
The Korean MFDS is already applicable for class IV devices and class III devices are to follow – the date of application will be on 1st July 2020, including labeling and UDI master data. A Machine-2-Machine interface is planned to be made available for submission of UDI data.
The Saudi Arabian SFDA released guidance on UDI in April 2019 and started a first test phase for UDI data entry into the SAUDI-D database, an extended second test phase is planned.
On 24th September 2020, FDA regulations will become applicable for class I devices.
We have also prepared a global timeline covering a bigger picture starting in 2019 until 2022 for not losing track on global UDI requirements:
Spotlight: SFDA UDI requirements and timeline
The Saudi Arabian SFDA is currently establishing its UDI database SAUDI-D, the requirements of which are in alignment with the IMDRF guidelines and adopt the US FDA and EUDAMED concepts.
The Basic UDI-DI concept known from the EU MDR will also be integrated. As the main key in SAUDI-D, the Basic UDI-DI will be mandatory for relevant documentation (e.g. certificates, declaration of conformity, technical documentation and summary of safety and clinical performance). Devices with the same risk-class and intended use will group under the same Basic UDI which will be the common identifier for this product family.
Furthermore, labeling will be required.
As soon as SAUDI-D becomes available, Class D will become applicable 6 months later, Class B and C one year after availability and Class A two years after availability from Saudi-D.
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