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Embark on a journey of comprehensive insights and updates within the dynamic landscape of the Medical Device and In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) industry through Patient Guard’s cutting-edge blogs. Our commitment extends to providing invaluable content that delves into the intricate realms of Medical Device Regulation and IVD Regulation, with a sharp focus on navigating the regulatory landscapes of the United Kingdom (UK), the European Union (EU), and the United States (US).

At Patient Guard, we are not just a source of information; we are your ultimate partner in understanding and maneuvering through the complexities of Medical Device and IVD regulatory requirements, as well as Quality Assurance. Our blogs serve as a beacon, illuminating the latest updates and insights crucial for professionals and organizations operating in these highly regulated sectors.

To elevate your understanding and empower your knowledge, Patient Guard offers complimentary consultations. Reach out to us today, and discover how our expertise can assist you in achieving compliance for your medical devices and IVD products. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized guidance tailored to your specific needs, ensuring a seamless journey toward regulatory adherence.

In addition to our enlightening blog content, we invite you to explore our enriching YouTube channel and LinkedIn page. Here, industry updates and valuable insights come to life through engaging multimedia formats. Furthermore, our sister website, QMSREGS.com, stands as a comprehensive resource, offering a diverse range of training courses and Medical Device and IVD templates. This integrated approach ensures that your regulatory needs are not only met but exceeded.

Patient Guard is not just a repository of information; we are your ally in navigating the ever-evolving landscape of Medical Device and IVD regulations. Join us on this educational journey, where compliance meets excellence.

May 2024 News letter from patient guard for all the latest medical device and IVD regulatory and quality assurance news.
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May 2024 News Letter

Great news everyone! Patient Guard is thrilled to bring you fresh updates through our May 2024 newsletter. We’re super excited to share that we’ve started offering Training courses – kicking off with our inaugural course on ‘EU Medical Device Regulations 2017/745’. We’re planning to conduct these insightful sessions once every month, accommodating up to 4 participants per course. The best part? It’s all happening virtually via Microsoft Teams, guided by our expert Patient Guard trainer. So, if you or your colleagues are eager to deepen your understanding of EU regulations, this is your perfect opportunity. To find out more click below

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April 2024 – News Letter

As we step into the spring of 2024, we are delighted to present the latest edition of Patient Guard’s Newsletter, dedicated to providing you with insightful updates and invaluable resources in medical device and In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) regulatory affairs and quality assurance consultancy.

We have been busy updating our website to change it from a generic consultancy website to an informative resource for medical device and IVD information.

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IEC 62366-1 Usability Engineering and its use in Medical Device Design and Development

In medical device design, the efficacy, safety, and user experience is paramount. While the technical function of a device is unquestionably significant, its usability can often determine its real-world impact. This is where standards like IEC 62366-1 come into play, offering a structured approach to integrating user-centred design principles into the development process. In this blog, we’ll delve deeper into the significance of IEC 62366-1, its underlying principles, practical implementation strategies, and the broader implications for medical device innovation and patient care.

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Understanding Medical Device Clinical Evaluation

All Medical Devices that are placed on the market in the EU and the UK must undergo Clinical Evaluation. Clinical Evaluation is a review of all the data that has been generated by the medical device manufacturer; pre-clinical, clinical and post market. The review of this data is performed to assess that the benefits of using the medical device outweigh the risks associated with using the medical device within the devices clinical intended purpose. 

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March 2024 – News Letter

March already! It’s starting to look like spring, the daffodils are out, it’s staying light for longer.  

This month we exhibited at the Medical Technology Exhibition at the Coventry Arena, here is our CEO and Founder David Small at our Stand.  It was lovely to meet many of our current customers and lots of potential new ones too. 

This month we have also been updating our website and our marketing content.  To keep UpToDate with the latest regulatory news and content from Patient Guard subscribe to our news letter.  You will receive a news letter email with the latest news at the beginning of the month, which is usually 2 to 3 weeks earlier than you will get it on our website news letter. 

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MDR & IVDR Article 120 – Why has the EU moved back the timeframes?

In the fast-paced world of medical device manufacturing, regulatory standards are the bedrock of patient safety and product quality. Recently, the European Union has taken a significant step by extending Article 120 of the EU Regulation 2017/745 and EU Regulation 2017/746. This move has been made to address the mounting backlog of CE mark certifications and re-certifications within notified bodies, the entities responsible for ensuring that medical devices meet stringent quality and safety requirements before they reach the market. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the implications of this extension for medical device manufacturers and emphasize the critical importance of continued compliance.

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Medical Device QA Support: What are the benefits?

In today’s fast-paced and highly competitive business environment, ensuring the quality of your Medical Device products and services is paramount. Professional Quality Assurance (QA) support is the unsung hero that can help your business thrive. Whether you’re a start-up or an established enterprise, effective QA support can make a significant impact on the quality of your Management System and Devices. In this blog post, we’ll explore how professional QA support can benefit your business.

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Understanding IEC 62304: A Comprehensive Guide to Medical Device Software Lifecycle Processes

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare technology, medical device software plays a pivotal role in patient care. To ensure the reliability, safety, and effectiveness of these software-driven devices, regulatory standards are in place. One such crucial standard is the IEC 62304. In this blog, we will delve into the intricacies of IEC 62304, exploring its significance, key concepts, and its impact on the development of medical device software.

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ISO 14971 and the Risk Management of Medical Devices

In the world of medical devices, ensuring both safety and compliance with industry standards is paramount. One such crucial standard is ISO 14971, a guideline that outlines the application of risk management to medical devices. In this blog post, we will delve into the significance of ISO 14971 in medical device compliance and explore how tools like Patient Guard can aid in achieving and maintaining compliance with this essential standard.

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February 2024 – News Letter

As we step into the month of February, we at Patient Guard are delighted to extend our warmest greetings to you. We hope this newsletter finds you well and thriving in your respective endeavors. As always, we are committed to keeping you informed about the latest developments in the ever-evolving landscape of medical device regulatory affairs and quality assurance.

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What is ISO 13485?

ISO 13485 is an international standard for mapping what is required from a medical device. The system ensures that medical devices are effective and consistent throughout their life cycle, from planning and production to disposal.

Ensuring consistency is extremely important for medical devices, as patient safety could be at risk. Implementing quality management systems can also provide protection for manufacturers and their reputations, as risks can be easily identified and rectified.

Medical device regulation varies based on the classification of the medical device being manufactured. All parties are required to demonstrate compliance, from the medical device manufacturing process to the disposal of the product.

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Is Your Product a Medical Device?

In the rapidly evolving landscape of product development, especially within the health and wellness sector, it’s crucial for developers and manufacturers to understand the regulatory implications of their innovations. One burning question that often arises is, “Is my product a medical device?” The classification of a product as a medical device carries significant regulatory and legal implications, impacting market access, safety standards, and compliance requirements. In this blog, we’ll explore the criteria that determine whether a product falls into the medical device category and shed light on the importance of regulatory compliance in this complex field.

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January 2024 News Letter

As we enter the new year, we begin planning for the upcoming year, contemplating the Regulatory and Quality Assurance requirements for Medical Devices and IVDs. In this newsletter, we provide updates from regulatory authorities and standards organizations, aiding in your planning for compliance activities.

The MHRA has unveiled a roadmap for future UK regulatory implementation, offering insights into their thought process on Medical Device and IVD Regulatory activities. The guidance outlines extended timeframes for accepting CE marked medical devices and IVDs in the UK market.

In the EU, it’s crucial to note the deadline for Manufacturers placing CE mark certified Medical Devices on the market. Those not yet transitioning to the EU MDR 2017/745 must have a contract with an EU-approved Notified Body for recertification by May 2024.

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December 2023 News Letter

As we draw 2023 to a close, we can reflect on the year gone by and look forward to a new year.  What can we expect to see in 2024 from a Medical Device and IVD Regulatory perspective? 

The EU deadline for ensuring Manufacturers that place CE mark certified Medical Devices on the market that have not yet transitioned to the EU MDR 2017/745 have in place a contract with an EU approved Notified Body for recertification – May 2024

We are hoping to see draft regulation from the UK government on what the new UK medical device regulations will involve, which is expected to be in place by 2025.

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Medical Device & IVD registration

Commercialising your medical device or IVD first requires you to obtain registration and approval from regulatory agencies in each country where you plan to sell your device. Device registration requirements can vary significantly from country to country, which can create compliance challenges for companies pursuing multiple-market strategies. 

Depending on where you plan to sell your device(s), successful registration may involve a substantial effort to meet premarket technical and clinical submission requirements or leveraging your existing registrations and approvals to gain faster access to new markets.

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Medical Device Design and Development

Planning for the design and development of a medical device is a requirement of regulatory systems. All manufacturers of Medical Devices are required to maintain a Quality Management System, in the USA this is determined under the CFR Title 21 part 820. Within the European Union, it is placed within demonstrating certificated compliance with international standard EN ISO 13485. The USA has recently indicated that they will also use the ISO 13485 standard for the requirements of manufacturers being compliant for QMS purposes. 

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CE Marking Medical Devices

The CE marking of medical devices and in vitro diagnostic devices (IVDs) is a requirement of EU regulations (EU 2017/745 for medical devices and EU 2017/746 for IVDs) to lawfully place medical devices on the EU market. Manufacturers must affix the CE mark on the medical device or IVD itself and on the primary packaging (or just on the packaging if affixing to the device itself it not possible). The CE mark should also be placed on any instructions for use and any labelling. The use of the CE mark identifies that a medical device or IVD conforms to EU regulatory requirements and is a symbol that a device meets safety standards.

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How to Structure a Medical Device Technical File

A medical device technical file is a concise set of documents created by a manufacturer to explain the performance and safety of a particular Medical Device in a clear, well-organized, easily searchable, and unambiguous manner.

In order to prove compliance with the general safety and performance criteria of the legislation, the manufacturer must have – and keep up-to-date – this technical documentation, regardless of  medical device class.

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Post Market Surveillance – Medical Devices

Post-market surveillance (PMS) is a pivotal aspect that governs the continued monitoring and assessment of medical devices after they have entered the market. Across the EU, UK, and USA, distinct regulatory frameworks shape PMS protocols, fostering safety, and innovation simultaneously.

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Medical Device Standards – Standards updated or issued in 2023

Standards relating to medical devices are continually being updated and reviewed to ensure that they follow the most up to date thinking on safety and performance relating to the standards specific subject matter. Following medical device standards is a way of demonstrating that medical devices placed on the world market are safe effective and state of the art. All medical device regulations worldwide require manufacturers of medical devices to apply safety standards relevant to their medical devices.

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Transition Period – EUDAMED

The EU Commission has recently announced that the transition period for completing and implementing EUDAMED has been extended again. The previous target for full functionality was the second quarter of 2024. The new target date for this is now the second quarter of 2027.

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The EU Authorised Representative – Do I need one?

The EU Authorised Representative role for medical devices has existing since before the introduction of the Medical Device and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulations (EU MDR 2017/745 and EU IVDR 2017/746) were introduced in 2017 and was a requirement of their predecessors the medical device directives.

Since the MDR and IVDR Regulations were introduced the role of the EU Authorised Representative has become wider in scope and responsibilities.

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UK Responsible Person – Medical Devices

Manufacturers who are not registered businesses in the UK but wish to place medical devices or In Vitro Diagnostics (IVDs) on the UK market, are not allowed to do so without having in place an agreement with a UK registered organisation. This organisation is the UK Responsible Person, and represents and registers the manufacturers medical devices and IVDs with the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). 

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Navigating the EU 2017/746 In Vitro Diagnostic Regulations

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices are indispensable tools, providing invaluable insights into patients’ health conditions. With the introduction of Regulation (EU) 2017/746, commonly known as IVDR, the European Union has implemented stringent regulations to ensure the safety, efficacy, and quality of these diagnostic instruments. As of May 26, 2022, this regulation has ushered in a new era, shaping the practices of manufacturers, healthcare professionals, and patients as they navigate the complexities of this comprehensive regulatory framework.

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The Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices – A comprehensive overview

In healthcare, ensuring the safety and efficacy of medical devices is paramount. Patients rely on these devices for diagnosis, treatment, and improved quality of life.  Biological evaluation plays a pivotal role in determining the biological safety of these devices. Governed by international standards, most notably the ISO 10993 series, biological evaluation involves a thorough assessment of a device’s interaction with living tissues. This blog delves into the importance of biological evaluation, highlighting the critical biological endpoints outlined in ISO 10993, the significance of a robust biological evaluation plan, and the crucial role of qualified experts in this process.

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