EC reschedules device regulations amid COVID-19 crisis

2020 03 27 17 23 1132 Gavel European Union 400

The European Commission (EC) intends to postpone the Medical Device Regulation's date of application by a year amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The change is designed to help the medical device industry support healthcare professionals and hospitals during the crisis.

The European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR) has supported the change, noting that member companies have increased the production of ventilators, CT equipment, and other necessary supplies to help patients with COVID-19.

Further, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for COCIR members to comply with new Medical Device Regulation, according to the association. Specifically, companies have struggled with shortages of medical devices, travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, and on-hold clinical studies.

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