The European Assn. for Medical Devices of Notified Bodies says that the number of new CE Mark certificates have dropped significantly in recent years.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — European regulators have become increasingly coy with their CE Markings, especially for new medical devices, according to a report by the European Assn. for Medical Devices of Notified Bodies, or TEAM-NB.
A survey comparing data from 2010 to 2012 showed a decrease in CE Mark certificates overall and a "significant" decrease in new CE Marks, TEAM-NB reported. The trends are consistent among Europe-based as well as non-European companies, they added.
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