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Medical implants for human applications are subject to high legal requirements to ensure safety and performance. As of May 26, 2021, the new European Medical Device Regulation (EU)2017/7458 MDR) [1], [2] also applies to implants. This article outlines the regulatory requirements for medical implants in Europe as well as the connected procedure.

The BIOMATDB project develops a biomaterials database and marketplace. In doing so, we place particular importance on tailoring these solutions to the needs and requirements of their potential users. Therefore, we are conducting surveys with stakeholder groups that will benefit from the advantages of a database and marketplace in the future. The results from these surveys will be evaluated and taken into account for the development of the biomaterials database and marketplace. More information about the BIOMATDB solutions can be found in the description of our project objectives.

If you belong to one of the following groups, we would invite you to share your inputs with us:

  • Researchers in the field of biomaterials or related disciplines
  • Suppliers of biomaterials or related products
  • Enablers like biomaterials soctieties or networks
  • Demanders like hospitals, clinicians and purchasing organisations
  • Investors & Policy makers in the field of biomaterials or related products

You can find the surveys here:

Researchers: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/BIOMATDBSurvey22-Researchers

Suppliers: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/BIOMATDBSurvey22-Suppliers

Enablers: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/BIOMATDBSurvey22-Enablers

Demanders: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/BIOMATDBSuvey22-Demanders

Investors & Policy makers: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/BIOMATDBSurvey22-Investors-Policy

We are looking forward to hearing your opinion!

References (English)

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[4] BVMed – Bundesverband Medizintechnologie e.V., ed., Classification list for medical devices. Berlin, 2014.

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