By Stewart Eisenhart, Emergo Group
In addition to recent draft regulations concerning medical devices and in vitro diagnostics, the European Commission has drafted additional reforms ("PIP Action Plan") aimed specifically at greater control of Notified Bodies. The draft Regulation on Designation and Supervision of Notified Bodies and Recommendations for Audits and Assessments have been drawn-up by means of the Standing Committee-mechanism described in Article 7 of the MDD 93/42/EEC (and Article 6 of the AIMDD 90/385/EEC). Therefore, these changes are expected much sooner than the impending legislative revisions. The Commission documents are expected to be released before the end of 2012 and the changes will likely be implemented as soon as 2013.