Now, the European Medicines Agency has control of the Expert Panels on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices.

On 1 March, the coordination Secretariat of the Commission’s expert panels on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices has been handed over from the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Expert panels are intended to support European regulators, European Union Member States, Notified Bodies as well as manufacturers and CE Mark certification applicants regarding MDR and IVDR compliance and enforcement.

The notice from the European Commission states that ” The background of the handover is the extended mandate of EMA on crisis preparedness and management of medicinal products and medical devices (Regulation (EU) 2022/123), developed as a reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic in the EU. It is expected that EMA’s extended mandate will lead to a more integrated, synergistic and coherent approach to the management of availability of medicinal products, medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices at Union level, and of the scientific panels for medical devices, thus improving public health protection for the entire Union.”

Read the announcement on the European Commission website.

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