Placing CE-marked (IVD) Medical Devices on the UK market

The medical device industry plays a crucial role in the healthcare ecosystem, with innovations constantly emerging to improve patient care and outcomes. In the United Kingdom (UK), the introduction of the CE mark, which signifies compliance with European Union (EU) regulations, has a significant impact on the regulation and marketing of medical devices. This blog will explore what the CE mark means for medical devices in Great Britian, its implications post-Brexit, and how it affects patients, healthcare professionals, and manufacturers. Manufacturers must be aware the Great Briain is England, Wales and Scotland.  Under the Northern Ireland Protocol, different rules apply in Northern Ireland to those in Great Britain.

The CE Mark: An Overview
The CE mark is a symbol of conformity, indicating that an (IVD) medical device complies with European Union law- and regulations. It signifies that the product meets essential safety and performance requirements, ensuring the safety and efficacy of medical devices for patients and healthcare providers. Manufacturers are responsible for obtaining CE certification, which involves rigorous testing and documentation to demonstrate compliance.

Brexit’s Impact on CE Marking
Since the UK officially left the EU in January 2020, the CE mark has undergone significant changes for (IVD) medical devices sold in the UK. To accommodate this transition, the UK introduced a new marking called the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark. (IVD) medical devices placed on the UK market must now bear either the CE mark or the UKCA mark, depending on the regulatory framework they follow.

UKCA

The CE Mark Post-Brexit
Post-Brexit, the CE mark remains recognized in Great Britain, with a provisional validity that extends until 30 June 2028 for general medical devices compliant with the EU Medical Devices Directive (MDD) or the EU Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive (AIMDD). However, IVD medical devices compliant with the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR), EU In-Vitro Diagnostic Devices Regulation (IVDR), or the EU In-Vitro Diagnostic Devices Directive (IVDD) shall enjoy recognition under the CE mark only until 30 June 2030. Subsequently, it is imperative for manufacturers to prepare for a shift in conformity assessment procedures in accordance with UK regulations.

UK Responsible Person
One of the major changes arising from Brexit is the necessity for manufacturers to designate a UK Responsible Person, a significant role charged with ensuring compliance with UK regulations. This role effectively replaces the functions previously carried out by the EU Authorized Representative for the CE mark. Understanding the specific requirements and documentation essential for the UK market is indispensable for manufacturers to navigate the newly established regulatory terrain with dexterity.

 
The post-Brexit regulatory landscape presents both challenges and opportunities for IVD medical device manufacturers. Those who have already secured CE certification must adapt to the new requirements, appointing a UK Responsible Person and ensuring compliance with UK regulations. Manufacturers seeking entry into the UK market must navigate a somewhat altered path, involving additional documentation and possibly modified testing procedures.

Nonetheless, the UK market represents a significant opportunity for (IVD) medical device companies. By diligently grasping the regulatory alterations and understanding the requisites for the UK market, manufacturers can continue to provide their innovative products to healthcare institutions and patients in Great Britain. Collaboration with UK regulatory authorities and agencies can potentially lead to a smoother transition, fostering innovation and expansion within the UK market.

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