As the European Union’s (EU) Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In-Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device Regulation (IVDR) continue to evolve, one requirement is getting a lot of attention – the person responsible for regulatory compliance (PRRC). This individual (or individuals) is one of the newly introduced requirements of the MDR/IVDR and their presence is to ensure that companies have a qualified regulatory expert at their disposal. If a company consists of more than one legal manufacturer, each legal manufacturer must appoint its own PRRC.
What are the MDR/IVDR responsibilities of a PRRC? There are several major ones, with slight variations between the MDR and IVDR:
- Checking the conformity of devices in accordance with the quality management system under which the devices are manufactured, before a device is released to ensure medical device compliance
- Drawing up and maintaining the technical documentation and the EU declaration of conformity
- Complying with the post-market surveillance obligations in accordance with Article 10(10)
- Fulfilling vigilance reporting obligations, such as serious incidents, field safety corrective actions, and incident trend reporting
- Issuing statements confirming that investigational devices conform to the General Safety and Performance Requirements of the EU MDR/IVDR
The new role of the PRRC adds an additional level of scrutiny for medical devices and ensures that mandatory activities related to the supervision and control of manufacturing, post-market surveillance, and vigilance are carried out appropriately.
Does the PRRC need to be a company employee?
The short answer is no. Larger enterprises with over 50 employees and annual revenue over 10 million Euros must have a PRRC on staff. However, small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and medical device start-ups with fewer than 50 employees can use third-party regulatory consulting experts (such as MEDIcept) if the PRRC meets qualification criteria and is permanently and continuously at the company's disposal (however, the regulations are currently fairly vague regarding the practical implications of permanent and continuous availability).
To learn more about the proper approach for retaining a PRRC at your firm and the most cost-efficient and effective way to do so, contact the EU regulatory experts here at MEDIcept.
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