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European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry
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European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry
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Regulations & Standards

COCIR has engaged regular dialogue with several European Commission Directorates General, including DG Health and Consumers (DG SANCO).

 

European Regulatory Affairs 

The European Regulatory Affairs Focus Group follows and contributes to the development of EU legislation impacting the medical devices sector and  advocates the needs of the industry.

The EU Regulatory Affairs FG is active on the main following policies but not limited to:

  • The revision of the Medical Devices Directives (MDD)

  • The regulatory aspects of eHealth developments

  • The update of EU Guidelines on a Medical Device Vigilance System

  • The development of the European Databank on Medical Devices (EUDAMED)

  • The qualification and classification of Medical Device Software

COCIR is regularly participating to EU experts group meetings like the Medical Device Expert Group (Opens external link in new windowMDEG), the Classification and Borderline Group, the Vigilance Working Group, the New & Emerging Technologies Working Group (NET), The EUDAMED Working Group, the Opens external link in new windowNB-MED (Notified Bodies), etc.

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International Regulatory Affairs

The International Regulatory Affairs Focus Group was created in 2011 to influence and contribute to the development of regulations beyond the EU, and to inform its members on market access threats and opportunities.

COCIR is supporting the interest of its members by promoting:

  • convergence of regulatory frameworks worldwide

  • use of international standards as a complementary tool to regulatory frameworks

  • reduction of regulatory burden worldwide

  • cooperation among sister trade associations in non-EU countries

Besides the International Organisations activities (IMDRF, AHWP, WHO, WTO, etc.), the International Regulatory Affairs Focus Group is monitoring the legislation developments in the BRICK countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China, Korea.

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Radiation protection

The Radiation Task Force was created in 2010 to monitor regulations in Europe and other regions affecting in particular Medical Devices using ionizing radiation (imaging, radiotherapy). The members of this focus group constantly assess the impact of regulatory changes related to radiation dose and are seeking for harmonization of those requirements across Europe.

The Radiation TF has engaged a regular dialogue with the European Commission Directorate General for Energy (ENER) and is active on the main following policies:

COCIR is also cooperating with other organisations such as the Head of the European Radiological protection Competent Authorities (Opens external link in new windowHERCA),  the International Atomic Energy Agency (Opens external link in new windowIAEA) and the European Federation of Organisations in Medical Physics (Opens external link in new windowEFOMP).

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Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)

The Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Task Force was created to ensure that the Opens external link in new windowEMF Directive does not limit the use, development or service of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), while maintaining a safe working environment.

COCIR has engaged regular dialogue with the European Commission Directorate General for Employment (EMPL) and is supporting its membership to promote full exemption of MRI from the scope of the Physical Agents Directive 2004/40/EC or equivalent provisions. COCIR is also cooperating with the European Society of Radiology (Opens external link in new windowESR) on this important matter.

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Standardisation Policy

The Standardisation Policy Focus Group was created to serve the interest of COCIR members and articulate benefits of standards in regulatory environment. International Standards are considered "state-of-the-art" and as such are complementary to regulations on medical devices. International standards adopted in Europe are published on a regular basis as harmonised standards in JOCE. Those standards are voluntary and can be used as presumption of conformity to Essentials Requirements of Medical Device Directives. 

Experts involved in this Focus Group constantly monitor and contribute directly in activities at International  level through Opens external link in new windowISO and Opens external link in new windowIEC and at  European level through Opens external link in new windowCEN-CENELEC.

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