A new white paper from RQM+, the leading regulatory, quality, and clinical consulting firm, provides clarity on the clinical evidence required to comply with the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR), and spotlights synergies between EU and US requirements.
It is imperative that manufacturers do not underestimate the time required to source the right clinical evidence for their products. As the risk to individual and public health increases with each device classification under the IVDR, the corresponding conformity assessment requirements also increase. This new rigorous risk-based classification means that an estimated 84% of IVDs now fall under Notified Body (NB) scrutiny compared to the mere 7% under the directive.
To ensure that IVDR compliance is as efficient as possible, manufacturers must check whether they can leverage existing clinical evidence from IVD submissions to the US Food and Drug Administration. If a company sells diagnostic products that are 510(K) cleared in the USA, then they may have a head start. It is likely they have already obtained a significant proportion of the supporting testing and performance data that is required to comply with some of the IVDR requirements.
This new white paper from RQM+ provides advice on how to identify synergies, as well as a table that clearly presents areas where these synergies may be found. This is an addition to a detailed summary of clinical evidence requirements under the IVDR, including a checklist of questions to assess whether scientific validity, analytical performance and clinical performance have been sufficiently addressed in their Performance Evaluation Report (PER).
Carlos Galamba, Vice President, IVD Intelligence and Innovation, said, “The EU Commission’s recent approved proposal means a sigh of relief for some IVD manufacturers with existing directive products on the market. It does not change the date of application, but allows for a progressive roll-out to the IVDR based on device classification, with a shorter timeframe for higher risk devices.
However, there is no room for complacency. Notified Bodies will not engage with companies unless their technical documentation, including performance data is complete. I cannot stress enough how important it is for IVD manufacturers to review whether they have enough clinical evidence, to give themselves enough time to take remedial action. We hope that this new paper will help manufacturers to plan efficiently for compliance, by making full use of what is already available.”
Download the RQM+ white paper, ‘Performance Data and EU IVDR: Improving operational efficiencies through compliance’, here.