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Adaptation to EU requirements: More time for medical technology companies

2021-10-15T14:09:29.780Z

Medical technology companies specializing in so-called in-vitro diagnostics have longer to implement the new EU requirements. The EU Commission has announced that it will meet Baden-Württemberg's demand for an extension of the deadline for such products, confirmed Minister of Economics Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut (CDU) of the "Schwäbische Zeitung" (Saturday).



Medical technology companies specializing in so-called in-vitro diagnostics have longer to implement the new EU requirements.

The EU Commission has announced that it will meet Baden-Württemberg's demand for an extension of the deadline for such products, confirmed Minister of Economics Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut (CDU) of the "Schwäbische Zeitung" (Saturday).

Ravensburg - "This is great news for our medical technology companies." This eases the time bottleneck at the certification bodies.

Hoffmeister-Kraut said this was only a first step.

"We must now use the time gained to support companies in implementing the regulation." The deadlines will be extended by two to five years, depending on the product group, as the ministry also announced.

The regulation has been in force since May 2017 and should actually have been implemented by July 22, 2022.

The European regulation for in-vitro diagnostic products (IVDR) has caused great concern for the state government of Baden-Württemberg since then. According to Hoffmeister-Kraut, the small and medium-sized of the around 800 medical technology companies in Baden-Württemberg fear business closures, a loss of international competitiveness and obstacles to innovation. The decision of the EU Commission has now significantly defused this risk.

Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) attributes the relenting of the EU Commission to the innovative strength of his federal state and the importance of industry based in the south-west for the entire EU.

"We are regularly in first place in the innovation index of the regions of the EU. That is well known in Brussels," he was quoted by the "Schwäbische Zeitung" newspaper.

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Source: merkur

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