A Guide to EUMDR 2017/745 Compliance: Cost, Regulations, Requirements
Obtaining the European Union Medical Device Regulation (EUMDR) is considered a new revolution that will change how medical devices are traded on the European market. The EUMDR 2017/745 replaces the previous medical device directives and the active implantable medical device directives. Even though these changes are relevant, they come with a huge financial burden to the manufacturer's different stakeholders wanting to be in the European Union.
In this blog, we will discuss some of the costs that are associated with acquiring the EUMDR certificate and also provide estimated numbers that will provide you with an idea of what to expect before starting the process.
Calculating the Cost of the EUMDR Compliance Process
Actual costs of obtaining the EUMDR certification usually depend on different factors that include the complexity of the medical device, the number of conformity assessments required, and the scope of the certification process. Hence, to find out a clear estimate of the costs of acquiring the EUMDR 2017/745, consult your notified body and carry out extensive research.
EUMDR gap analysis
Medical device manufacturers are currently required to identify and analyze areas in their quality management systems (QMS) that might not comply with the EUMDR 2017/745. This process is required to ensure that manufacturers can improve compliance in their systems. Depending on the size and complexity of the organization, these costs can range between €5000 to €50,000. Also, costs will vary based on the complexity and the size of the quality management system of the manufacturer.
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Once the notified body approves the quality management system of the manufacturer, they can apply for the medical device regulation certification. This process involves a review of the manufacturer's technical documents and the QMS and an audit of the manufacturing facilities. These costs can go beyond €100,000, depending on the class of your medical device.
Cost of conformity assessment
This is one of the most important parts of the Medical device regulation certification process. Notified bodies are required to assess and provide technical documentation as well as perform some tests on the medical devices to ensure that they meet the requirements of the EUMDR 2017/745. The pricing of this assessment will vary based on the number of factions.
- Class I Medical Devices have relatively low pricing that can even be lower if
manufacturers use a third-party notified body.
- Class IIa manufacturers have higher costs than class I manufacturers.
Because Class IIb manufacturers have a more complex product, they are
likely to pay around €10,000 to €20,000.
- For class III manufacturers, costs should be expected to be as high as
€50,000 depending on the product and the notified body.
To get more information about the cost of the conformity assessment, visit Technical Documentation and the EU Declaration of Conformity.
This cost will also vary depending on the type of certification that a medical device manufacturer needs. Manufacturers are advised to make use of third-party notified bodies, that are accredited by the EU to assess their medical devices and IVDs. The cost of acquiring this certificate varies from the notified bodies, the type of medical devices, and the complexity of the assessments.
Notified body costs
The notified body is expected to pay annual fees to the European Commission. These are usually transferred to the manufacturer and would cost between €4000 to €16,000. Besides this annual fee, manufacturers will have to pay for the work of the notified bodies, and this can cost up to €50,000, depending on the complexities of the product.
Find out more about Notified Body in the European Market.
EUMDR post-market surveillance
Manufacturers are required to have a post-market surveillance plan that will ensure proper monitoring of their products once they are on market. The products need to be safe and in proper working condition once they are placed on the European market.
This cost can range from €5000 to €50,000 depending on the complexity and size of the company and the markets they are planning to place the market into. Manufacturers usually outsource this activity to third-party organizations to ensure quality surveillance and vigilance of their medical devices and IVDs.
Training and education
Most manufacturers might assume this is an irrelevant cost, given that their employees are already aware of the process. But it is a requirement by the EU to have this plan in place that ensures training of the employees on the EUMDR requirements and that employees have the skills and knowledge to comply with the medical device regulations. Training can be focused on EUMDR distributor requirements, packaging requirements, and many others. Of course, costs will depend on the size of the company. For bigger companies, these costs can reach €20,000.
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Labeling and packaging for medical devices
Due to the new EUMDR requirements, medical device manufacturers are required to also comply with the new MDR labeling requirements. This is fostered to ensure the safety of products and usage by the right audience. These costs will also depend on the complexity, the number of countries you want to place your product in, and the partners involved.
Discover more about new Labeling and packaging for medical devices.
This is one of the most expensive aspects of acquiring an MDR. In this process, manufacturers are required to carry out trials to ensure that their product is safe for usage on the European market. This process allows manufacturers to redesign their products while in the process to ensure it fits the EUMDR standards. This process can vary from €50,000 to €500,000. To understand more about the clinical trials on the European medical device market, manufacturers are advised to read the clinical trial regulation EU no 5362014.
It is also important for manufacturers to know that after acquiring the EUMDR 2017/745 certification, they will be required to have recertification for their products every few years. The costs in this process may include consulting the notified body and many other costs. Depending on the product you are a manufacturer or acquiring certification for, you are likely to range between a few hundred euros to tens of thousands of euros.
All in all, acquiring the EUMDR 2017/745 certification is a complex and costly procedure but also an important aspect for manufacturers. Companies need to budget accordingly and carry out market research before tempting to enter the European market. Research on whether there is a market for their product in Europe can be a great point to start before investing a million dollars in acquiring a certificate.
Having the EUMDR 2017/745 on the European market provides some level of trust market that your products are safe and effective for usage. If you are not sure of your products and still want to enter the European market, feel free to contact your notified body or have a free consultation call with our VP of Healthcare – Stephen Viljoen.
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