A lifetime dedicated to passionately following medtech regulations seems a big claim, but Amanda Maxwell, regulatory affairs editor, wears the badge and has a loyal list of followers. She still remains as passionate about the implications of changing requirements as 30 years ago when analysing the drafting of the first EU medical device and IVD rules. She tirelessly picks through the draft and existing requirements and the implications of the background debate, to bring you the reality of what the latest developments and discussions mean for you. Amanda knows where to get the vital information, who can offer the best inside knowledge and how to get it to readers quickly. She is well respected in the industry and has a history of moderating and chairing at many high-profile meetings in the EU and the US ( MedTech Forum (EU), AdvaMed (US), DIA (EU and US)), and a strong network of contacts among regulators, consultants, lawyers and EU institutions. She has also been active in consulting and training companies in EU medical device regulations. Amanda has been known to pick up stories while swimming in the Aegean, and there are rumours of her renting a window cleaning scaffold outside the European Commission, but she won’t comment on this and would not recommend anyone to try it!
When not writing, Amanda is a strong well-being advocate and loves health and wellness apps. She rarely sits still and loves to be out and about, actively participating in life with family and friends.
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Efforts are underway by EU notified body groups to encourage a uniform interpretation of the EU MDR when it comes to the risk classification of spinal implants. Their work could also reduce the amount of unnecessary notified body and expert panel work on some implantable devices.
Most low-risk medical devices and IVDs do not need notified body involvement in the EU. This means that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, they are not impacted by UK government rules that focus on notified bodies. But what will change for low-risk devices and IVDs in the UK post-March 29, the UK's scheduled EU exit day?
What do incoming EU notified bodies need to do, and what shortcuts might they be able to take, when manufacturers transfer from one notified body to another?
Three experts talk about what it takes logistically for medtech businesses to prepare for timely compliance with the new EU Medical Device and IVD Regulations, and they spell out some of the challenges companies have encountered during a panel discussion at the recent LSX World Congress in London.
There is now even more urgency for medtech companies, including small firms, to employ the services of EU27 notified bodies – with UK notified bodies set to have their conformity assessment roles temporarily withdrawn if the UK leaves on March 29 without a deal.
It is not only the UK trading relationship with the EU that could be interrupted after post-Brexit; relationships with countries with whom it enjoys mutual recognition agreements currently via the EU are also in jeopardy. How much progress has been made? And what happens next?