To sell medical devices in the European Union (EU), you must obtain or apply CE Marking for your product. CE Marking indicates a product’s compliance with the applicable EU regulations and enables the commercialization of your products in 32 European countries. As a legal medical device manufacturer, you are responsible for maintaining regulatory compliance and securing CE marking for your product, regardless of whether you outsource any or all components of your manufacturing operation.
How to obtain CE marking for your medical device
CE is not a quality mark, but compliance with EU Directives requires you to meet specific standards of performance, quality, safety, and efficacy for your product type. We have a detailed chart explaining the current The basic process follows these steps:
- Determine which EU Directive applies to your device: Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC), In Vitro Diagnostic Devices Directive (98/79/EC) or Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive (90/385/EEC)
- Determine the classification of your device.
- Implement a Quality Management System, if applicable to your device. Most companies use ISO 13485 to meet the requirements.
- Prepare a CE Marking Technical File or a Design Dossier
- Select and appoint a European Authorized Representative to act on your behalf within the EU if you have no physical location in Europe.
- Have your QMS and Technical File/Design Dossier audited by a Notified Body, unless your device is Class I, is not sterile and has no measuring function.
- Obtain CE Marking and ISO 13485 certificates from your Notified Body.
- Prepare a Declaration of Conformity (DoC), which states that your device complies with the appropriate Directive.