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European Commission taking action to mitigate risks of device shortages
  1. Stephanie Kohl
  1. Policy & Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Ms Stephanie Kohl, Policy & Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, Brussels, INT B – 1200, Belgium; Stephanie.Kohl{at}

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On the 6th of January 2023, the European Commission shared a proposal to give more time to certify medical devices to mitigate the risk of shortages. The proposal introduces a longer transition period to adapt to new rules, as foreseen under the Medical Devices Regulation.

The new deadlines depend on the medical devices' risk class and will ensure continued access to medical devices for patients. It will also allow medical devices placed on the market in accordance with the current legal framework and that are still available to remain on the market (ie, no sell-off' date). The availability of safe medical devices for European patients is our priority. This proposal does not change any of the current safety and performance requirements provided for in the Medical Devices Regulation. It only amends the transitional provisions to give more time for manufacturers to transition from the previously applicable rules to the new requirements of the Regulation. The length of the proposed extension of the transition periods depends on the type of device: higher risk devices such as pacemakers and hip implants will benefit from a shorter transition period (until December 2027) than medium and lower risk ones, such as syringes or reusable surgical instruments (until December 2028).

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