EU committee trims medical device regulations

The Internal Market and Consumer Production (IMCO) Committee of the European Parliament on 17 October voted to exclude medical devices from the scope of the draft consumer product safety regulation.

Applauding the move, the European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR) said new regulations were unnecessary. The consumer safety provisions are already covered within the existing EU medical directive, said COCIR Secretary General Nicole Denjoy in a statement.

COCIR said it supports strengthening traceability through the ongoing legislative process to replace the Medical Device Directive with new regulation, and it calls on all EU parliament members to reaffirm the IMCO Committee's position at an upcoming plenary vote scheduled for December 2013.

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