On 26 September 2012, the European Commission adopted a Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on medical devices and a Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on in vitro diagnostic medical devices.
The final texts of the new European Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and IVD Regulation (IVDR) have now been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Entry into force commenced on May 25th, marking the start of the transition period for manufacturers selling medical devices into Europe.
The MDR, which replaces the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC) and Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive (90/385/EEC), has a transition period of three years. The IVDR, which replaces the IVD Directive (98/79/EC), has a transition period of five years. Manufacturers have the duration of the transition period to update their technical documentation and processes to meet the new requirements.
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