Medical Devices Directive (MDD) to Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) Transition training course

The Medical Devices Regulation has replaced the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC) as the legislation detailing the requirements which manufacturers have to meet to place medical devices on the market in the European Union. Publication of the text in spring 2017 marked the start of a three year transition period for manufacturers to meet the new requirements.

This long awaited text brings with it more scrutiny of technical documentation; it addresses concerns over the assessment of product safety and performance by placing stricter requirements on clinical evaluation and post-market clinical follow-up, and requiring better traceability of devices through the supply chain.

This course introduces you to the key changes from the European Medical Devices Directive (MDD) to the new European Medical Devices Regulation (MDR).

All Medical Devices and identified devices without a medical purpose will need to undergo a Conformity Assessment Procedure based on the new MDR requirements, in order to place devices on the European Union market. The course will give a general guideline of how to approach application of the new MDR, and will highlight the differences to the MDD that will affect all manufacturers.

The new requirements will also have implications relating to an organization’s Quality Management System (QMS), specifically: Auditing, requirements for clinical evaluation and technical documentation, post-market surveillance, vigilance reporting, and accessibility of information across European member states, as well as to the public and end users.

Who should attend?

Manufacturers of Medical Devices, especially: Regulatory Affairs, Design and Development, Clinical Affairs Specialists, Quality Management, and Quality Assurance personnel.

Please note: This course does not focus on mapping the AIMD to the MDR, however, the course will provide value to AIMD clients by looking at the new Regulation and how to transition to the MDR. It will also not cover In Vitro Diagnostic Devices.



You should have a good understanding of the existing Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC).

By the end of this course delegates will be able to:

  • Explain the changes in the structure and administration of the Regulation
  • Recognize new economic operators affected by the Regulation
  • Identify key changes to the requirements concerning the following steps for Conformity Assessment:
    • Check Device is within Scope of MDR
    • Determine ‘Device Class’
    • Select ‘Conformity Assessment Procedure’
    • Identify Applicable ‘Safety and Performance Requirements’
    • Assemble ‘Technical Documentation’
    • Apply Conformity Assessment Procedure           
    • Assign UDI
    • Complete ‘Declaration of Conformity’
    • Affix ‘CE Mark’
    • Post-Market Surveillance and Updates  
  • Explain the main impacts on the QMS relating to the above steps, including:
    • Frequency, extent and conduct of audits
    • Electronic data management and public access to data
    • Clinical investigations, clinical evaluation and post-market surveillance
    • Roles of commercial partners
  • Communicate the transition arrangements as stipulated within the Regulation

Practical information

This one day training course includes lunch and drinks. The training and the materials will be provided in English. On completion, you’ll be awarded an internationally recognized BSI Training Academy certificate. 

Head + Heart + Hands: practical and effective learning

To retain your ability and enhance knowledge to effectively apply the skills our training concept Head, Heart and Hands becomes more and more important. Having a business perspective is essential from a performance point of view.

Head: knowledge - know what is in the standard (background), acquire knowledge

Heart: attitude - why use the standard, what is the use of the standard for my organization, get motivated and continue to use the standard

Hands: behaviour - doing, practicing, making concrete and put into practice

Recognizable examples and assignments which can be made individually or in groups are used extensively in our courses. The course takes place on the basis of activities and has proven to have a positive effect on work performance while saving time and money because the first steps for the organization were already taken during the course.