A lifetime dedicated to passionately following medtech regulations seems a big claim, but Amanda Maxwell, regulatory affairs editor, wears the badge and has a loyal list of followers. She still remains as passionate about the implications of changing requirements as 30 years ago when analysing the drafting of the first EU medical device and IVD rules. She tirelessly picks through the draft and existing requirements and the implications of the background debate, to bring you the reality of what the latest developments and discussions mean for you. Amanda knows where to get the vital information, who can offer the best inside knowledge and how to get it to readers quickly. She is well respected in the industry and has a history of moderating and chairing at many high-profile meetings in the EU and the US ( MedTech Forum (EU), AdvaMed (US), DIA (EU and US)), and a strong network of contacts among regulators, consultants, lawyers and EU institutions. She has also been active in consulting and training companies in EU medical device regulations. Amanda has been known to pick up stories while swimming in the Aegean, and there are rumours of her renting a window cleaning scaffold outside the European Commission, but she won’t comment on this and would not recommend anyone to try it!
When not writing, Amanda is a strong well-being advocate and loves health and wellness apps. She rarely sits still and loves to be out and about, actively participating in life with family and friends.
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While it was obvious to those in the sector that the implementation of the EU IVD Regulation was heading for a disaster, this article looks at the facts and figures that helped sway the European Commission to propose new transition periods to better manage its implementation.
The pressing circumstances created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the commission not only accepting compliance delays for some IVDs, but also longer transitional provisions than expected.
With new EU medtech regulation in place, demand for qualified and well-trained staff at notified bodies is at an all-time high. As an abundance of new auditors are faced with a steep learning curve ahead, moves are afoot to harmonize practices.
In this week’s podcast, EU regulatory editor Amanda Maxwell brings listeners up to speed on the latest news from the European Union. Topics include discussion of ISO 13485, ongoing industry concerns with MDR implementation, and the Eudamed database expansion.
The EU Medical Device Regulation applied in May, but the 200 or so associated standards that support it remain in the early stages of preparation. A few have been issued, and now industry can expect a small second wave later in 2021.
The latest version of the Eudamed medical device database has been upgraded and kickstarts the sharing around the EU of more key regulatory information.