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As the first anniversary of the MDR came and gone, so did the end of the first evaluation period for post-market surveillance. After collecting the data from post-market surveillance, it is now time to evaluate and summarise them. In the following article, Dr. Benedikt Fabry from novineon CRO describes the differences between the reports and what the main focus should be when preparing them.

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The risk analysis is a constantly changing document. This has been known since the introduction of the EU Medical Devices Regulation 2017/745 (MDR). The risk analysis assesses risks that were either anticipated before the market launch, or have become known during use in clinical practice. Since design change is very costly, it seems easier to inform about the risk in the instructions for use in order to reduce the probability of occurrence. This article explains when this measure is sufficient and how risk analysis relates to clinical evaluation.

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Numerous medical devices have been on the market for many years or even decades. But do they automatically count as «well-established technologies»? And what does this mean for the clinical evaluation and the clinical evidence required by the MDR? Dr. rer. nat. Marion Fehlker from novineon CRO describes what MDR and MDCGs mean by “well-established technologies” and what clinical requirements apply to this product group.

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The instructions for use is where the manufacturer and the user connect. Therefore, this document is of particular importance. The MDR did not only clarify the requirements for use but also made them stricter. The following article describes in detail when the instructions for use should be revised. In addition, the most important interfaces between instructions for use, clinical evaluation and risk analysis are discussed.

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