Medical devices

Pension funds to catalyse growth in Life Sciences companies?

Matthew Appleton

We’ve seen a lot of activity in the past week around how the UK government plans to galvanise growth in innovative companies (summary here). As I wrote a couple of months ago, only by focusing on all stages in the growth cycle of a Life Sciences company can four £20bn+ UK companies be created in Read More

EU Competitiveness Council to review Current Status of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

Laëtitia Bénard

The Council of the European Union has published a note, from the Presidency to the Council, entitled “Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court – Information from the Presidency on the state of play”. The note relates to the upcoming meeting of the Competitiveness Council on 30 November, and explains as follows: “The Presidency will give Read More

France sets up committee to combat cyber-attacks on medical device software

Eveline Van Keymeulen

The French regulator for medicines and health products (ANSM) recently announced the creation of the first temporary specialised scientific committee (CSST) on cyber-security for medical device software.  The CSST is composed of external experts in information technology and cyber-security.  It provides recommendations to the ANSM’s general director, intended for manufacturers of medical device software, with Read More

Dutch guidance on inducements by medical devices companies published

Iradj Nazaryar

On 31 August 2017, the Dutch Ministry of Health published Policy Rules providing guidance on the ban on inducements, which was introduced by the amendment of the Dutch Medical Devices Act of 17 May 2017.  The amendment establishes a prohibition on inducements, whether in cash or in kind, offered by medical device suppliers to professionals Read More

European and UK medical device industry bodies urge post-Brexit regulatory alignment

William Palmer

In a joint letter to the negotiators representing the UK and EU, medical device and in vitro diagnostic industry trade groups have urged both parties to ensure full regulatory implementation in their sector following “Brexit”, in March 2019.  The trade groups represented are MedTech Europe (MedTech), the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) and the Read More