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Medical Devices Directive

 

The Medical Device Directive (Council Directive 93/42/EEC of 14 June 1993 [1] concerning medical devices, OJ No L 169/1 of 1993-07-12) is intended to harmonise the laws relating to medical devices within the European Union. The MD Directive is a ‘New Approach’ Directive and consequently in order for a manufacturer to legally place a medical device on the European market the requirements of the MD Directive have to be met.

 

Manufacturers’ products meeting ‘harmonised standards’[2] have a presumption of conformity to the Directive. Products conforming with the MD Directive must have a CE mark applied. The Directive was most recently reviewed and amended by the 2007/47/EC and a number of changes were made. Compliance with the revised directive became mandatory on March 21, 2010.

2016 – The Medical Devices Directive is being repealed and replaced by a Medical Device Regulation (MDR).