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 the EU has selected the CND system as the basis for its nomenclature, GMDN is becoming increasingly valued on the US and international scene. How does it see its latest role panning out globally?
Updated medtech notified body figures from the European Commission always make headline news. But industry needs to see real appointments now, not a list of tricky-to-understand numbers.
Erik Hansson remains deputy head of devices in a move to the European Commission’s DG Sante from DG Grow. He now answers to a newly appointed devices head who shares a common educational background but whose recent pharmaceutical role may unsettle the devices industry.
Companion diagnostics are needed increasingly by pharma companies to justify the safety and effectiveness of their products. With specific first-time EU regulation of these products within sight – and urgently needed – is there a risk of delays to these products being able to demonstrate compliance?
It seems to be game over for anyone who might have been hoping the European Commission would do a U-turn on its decision to use the Italian CND nomenclature as the basis for communication in Eudamed, instead of the well-established GMDN. But GMDN is strong in its resolve to remain a vital global nomenclature service.
2020 is not getting off to a good start for manufacturers needing to comply with the EU’s new Medical Device Regulation on 26 May 2020. The European Commission’s latest document seems to confirm industry’s fears about the ability of the EU’s medtech system to be ready in time.