A European Commission Medical Device Coordination Group meeting to discuss forthcoming EU Medical Device Regulation and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation with regards to notified bodies will now be held via teleconference, due to the spread of Covid-19.

The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Brussels this week and will include experts from business and government. The meeting was slated to discuss designating authority for notified bodies, joint assessments progress, the establishment of expert panels, next steps regarding Eudamed and transitional provisions, among other topics.

Certain sessions of the meeting have now been postponed as a result of the decision, a European Commission spokesperson has said, while the news casts doubts on the chances of a smooth, on-schedule implementation of Medical Device Regulation, which is intended to take effect on May 26.

MDR looks in danger of not being implemented on time after meetings were cancelled, while Italy, in which there is one of the 11 notified bodies designated under MDR, is in a state of lockdown and other key nations such as Germany face a rising Covid-19 threat.

As a result of the increasing burden the virus is creating, the MDCG has been discussing MDR in behind-closed-doors meetings, with web conferences taking place on Wednesday and Thursday morning and afternoon sessions postponed to a later date this month.

Trade association MedTech Europe has called on EU bodies and national health systems to guarantee access to diagnostic tests, personal protective equipment and respiratory support equipment.

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