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Biomedical Alliance Europe warns of potential medical device shortage

According to the organization, the EU must act now to prevent a future lack of medical equipment due to last year’s well-intentioned yet poorly implemented medical device regulation.

The EU's Medical Device Regulation was a hot topic during Europe's largest annual health and medtech conference, Medtech Forum, which recently took place in May | Photo: PR/Medtech Europe

Member states of the EU should take ”urgent measures” to combat an imminent problem concerning a shortage of medical equipment in Europe due to a lack of approvals for the market, according to the Biomedical Alliance in Europe, an umbrella organization for 36 industry organizations.

Biomedical Alliance in Europe fears that essential medical equipment will disappear due the EU’s new Medical Device Regulation (MDR), which has changed the European approval processes for such devices since coming into effect in May last year.

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