Europe – European Commission Expert Panels on Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostic Devices

The new EU regulations on medical devices and in vitro diagnostics came into force in 2017. They stipulate the establishment of expert panels to support the assessment of specific high-risk devices and to contribute to the prospective improvement of the overall framework by advising the Commission, the Medical Device Coordination Group, Member States, Notified Bodies and manufacturers.

What will be the tasks and activities of the expert panels?

Expert panels will respond to consultations on novel high-risk devices before they are certified for the EU single market. The experts will also be involved in other tasks such as contributing to the development of common specifications for clinical evaluation of device categories, guidance documents or standards.

Selected experts will be appointed to expert panels in a range of relevant fields, such as the cardiovascular system, orthopaedics, neurology, endocrinology, and other areas, such as in vitro diagnostic medical devices.

When will the call for experts be launched?

The call for clinical and other experts in the area of medical devices and in vitro diagnostic devices will be launched later in 2019 and published in the Official Journal of the European Commission. Details on expert remuneration will be provided in the call.

Successful candidates may be appointed for a renewable term of three years or may be included on a central list of available experts from which they may be called to support panels.