Arthur Brandwood

Door closed

The door to Europe is closed – so where else should I look?

Early in 2019, the European commission was promising that by end of year MDR implementation would be well underway. There would be substantial numbers of Notified Bodies designated to perform...
Standards

Are Harmonised Standards facing irrelevance?

There’s been considerable disquiet over the lack of availability of harmonised standards to support the new European Medical Device Regulations (MDR).  And rightly so. But harmonisation is already in disarray...
End of financial year

Out They Go – FDA Clears the Store of Guidances

In a now traditional clearing of the store, FDA issued a raft of new guidances at the close of the financial year. Through September to October 10 a total of...
Red carpet

FDA Fashion Parade – Guidance Priorities for Fiscal 2020

Each new fiscal year, FDA sets out its priorities for guidance development and publication over the coming year. It’s always a fascinating insight into the current regulatory fashions, and just...
Implant

Custom Devices, Clinical Trials and the Hazards of Precedent

This past week an interesting post cropped up in the RAPS discussion board. An Australian member asked about doing clinical trials of custom-made medical devices. A surgeon inventor wanted to...
hip joints

Test or Evaluate? Biocompatibility and Orthopaedic materials

This morning, the US FDA announced with a tweet, the publication of a new guidance on Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) in Orthopaedic devices. "Manufacturers should include test data...
Team work

All Together Now – FDA Builds Devices Super Office

The biggest difference between the FDA way and the rest of the world is the separation of activities into device assessment, which comes first and involves FDA reviewers from the...
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Europe’s pragmatic approach to clinical evidence for legacy devices – or why the devil is always in the detail…

Regulatory affairs demand attention to detail. So when the European Medical Devices Coordination Group released document MDCG 2019-3 - Interpretation of Article 54(2)b we regulatory geeks just knew we should...
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NZ Makes it Formal – Medical Devices Reform in The Land of the Long White Cloud

New Zealand has always been a relaxed sort of place – and that included the regulation of medical devices which up till now has been limited to a simple notification...
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Fog in the Channel: a European Medtech Perspective on Brexit

An apocryphal newspaper headline reported, "Fog in the Channel - Continent Cut Off". All very whimsical and a metaphor for a peculiarly anglo-centric world view. But as the UK stumbles...

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