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CE certification, CE marking certification India CE Marking

 
 
CE Mark is the gateway for the companies who want to export to Europe. The European community has implemented a system to protect the health of consumers and users of manufactured products. CE Mark assures the user of a product that the product conforms to the requirements of relevant directives of European union and harmonized European standard. The License is granted by agencies notified by European union.
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Spain
  • United kingdom

The Medical Device Directive (MDD) :
The European medical device directive makes it mandatory as of 06/28/1998 to fulfill CE certification requirements in order to export medical devices, of Class I, IIa, IIb, and III to any country within the European community. For U.S. firms, the recommended strategy is to pursue the CE certification while the product is in the approval process by the FDA. The CE certification can be often achieved prior to the FDA's approval, thus enabling the device to be sold in Europe and generating substantial revenues. The requirements for CE certification are very strict but if the product is in advanced clinical investigation or IDE (Investigational Device Exemption) stages by the FDA, the CE certification can happen much quicker than the FDA's.

Medical Device classification in a nut shell (see 93/42/EEC) :
The classification is similar to the FDA's, except for the sub-classification of (a) and (b) for class II products. Class I is for low risk device, while Class III is for the higher risk devices. The Classification is addressed in detail in 93/42/EEC Annex IX. Here are examples of classifications :

Class I :
  • Wheel Chairs, Patient electrodes, Scalpels, Dental Drills, Wound Management systems, Hearing Aid Tester

Class IIa :
  • All patient monitoring equipment, Syringes, Needles, Ultrasound devices, External ECGs, Diagnosis devices

Class IIb :
  • Lasers Devices for application, Internal ECGs, RF Generators, Non-energized implants, Treatment devices

Class III :
  • Energized implants, All Intracardiac applications, Heart valves, Cauterters, Non-energized implants, All devices in contact with the central nervous system

Recommended compliance routes : 
Class I :
  • Hold a Technical file*
  • Self-Declaration of Conformity according to Annex VII
  • Observe provisions of the procedures referred to in Annex IV, V or VI of 93/42/EEC for "sterile" or "Measuring" function devices

Class IIa & IIb :
  • Hold a Technical file* Obtain ISO 9001/ISO 13485 certification.
  • Audit by notified body according to Annex II. Apply CE mark.

Class III :
  • Hold a Technical file* Obtain ISO 9001/ISO 13485 certification.
  • Audit by notified body according to Annex II.
  • Product Dossier Exam by notified body according to Annex II. Apply CE mark.

*Technical File Content :
General product description, design drawings, methods of manufacturing and diagrams of components and sub-assemblies, description and explanation of above-mentioned drawings and diagrams, result of risk analysis and list of standards referred to in Article 5 of 93/42/EEC, applied in full or in part and descriptions of the solutions adopted if not applied in full. Description of the methods used if the device requires sterility. The results of the design calculations and of the inspections carried out. If the device is to be connected to other device(s), proof must be provided that it conforms to the essential requirements when connected. The test reports and where appropriate, clinical data in accordance with Annex X of 93/42/EEC and the label and instructions for use. 

 
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