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Medical Device made Easy Podcast

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My name is Monir El Azzouzi and I am a Medical Device Expert specialized in Quality and Regulatory affairs. And on this podcast I will help you place compliant medical devices on the market. For that I will share with you my knowledge or the one of others through discussion or interviews. I will invite experts in the area to tell you what you can do or the challenges you may encounter.


Why is it great for Importers to be ISO 13485 certified? [Cristina Miroescu]
Jun 21 2022
Why is it great for Importers to be ISO 13485 certified? [Cristina Miroescu]
When we think of ISO 13485 certificate we mainly associate it with Medical Device manufacturers. But this can be also associated with other Medical Device Economic Operators. In this episode, Cristina Miroescu (Compliance Director at Sofmedica) will explain to us why Sofmedica decided to be ISO 13485 certified. You'll hear about their journey with the Plus and Minus. We are sure this may help you understand the process of certification if you are an importer or distributor. Who is Cristina Miroescu? Cristina joined SofMedica in 2000 as the first regulatory person preparing files for medicinal product and medical devices registration. Later on, as Regulatory Manager her role was to integrate the legal provisions and regulations into the company’s business strategy. She used to manage quality management systems, vigilance, pharmacovigilance, regulatory, compliance, and warehouse management. As a Group Compliance Director Cristina is responsible to ensure the compliance of the company’s activity with the applicable legislation and requirements with a focus on contributing to building a quality culture of integrity, transparency, and honesty. An important part of Cristina’s activity was focused between 2010 – 2015 in the medical services field in another company of SofMedica group when she was managing the quality management system, permits obtaining and maintenance for 15 dialysis centers in Romania. Cristina holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy. Who is Monir El Azzouzi? Monir El Azzouzi is a Medical Device Expert specializing in Quality and Regulatory Affairs. After working for many years with big Healthcare companies and particularly Johnson and Johnson, he decided to create EasyMedicalDevice.com to help people have a better understanding of the Medical Device Regulations all over the world. He now created the consulting firm Easy Medical Device GmbH and developed many ways to deliver knowledge through videos, podcasts, online courses... Links Cristina Miroescu Linkedin: website: Sofmedica:
Medical Device News - June 2022 Regulatory Update
Jun 7 2022
Medical Device News - June 2022 Regulatory Update
Here is your Medical Device Regulatory update. This will be focused on the IVDR 2017/746 that went live. So let's update you on some key changes.  Who is Monir El Azzouzi? Monir El Azzouzi is a Medical Device Expert specializing in Quality and Regulatory Affairs. After working for many years with big Healthcare companies and particularly Johnson and Johnson, he decided to create EasyMedicalDevice.com to help people have a better understanding of the Medical Device Regulations all over the world. He now created the consulting firm Easy Medical Device GmbH and developed many ways to deliver knowledge through Videos, podcasts, online courses...  Links NEWS - Swiss: MRA situation for IVDR; Swiss: new IvDV (Ordinance on in-vitro diagnostics): Swiss Odiv: Swiss: Performance studies of IVD: EU: Team NB Survey: - EU: Harmonized standard for IVDR: EU: Harmonized standard for MDR: Italy: Establishment of the National Surveillance Network: Preparing for UKCA marking of Medical Device with Ronald Boumans: Green Belt Certification June 2022: BODY - 3EC International - IVDR 2017/746 TÜV Nord - EU MDR 2017/745: Berlin Cert - EU MDR Overview NB each stage: MDCG 2022-6 Guidance on significant changes regarding the transitional provision under Article 110(3) of the IVDR: MDCG 2022-7 Q&A UDI System: MDCG 2022-8 IVD Legacy devices: MDCG 2022-9 Summary of safety and performance template: MDCG 2022-10 Q&A interface 536/2014 on clinical trials for medicinal products for human use and IVDR: Episode 179 - How to certify your Software as a Medical Device? With Vivek Thakkar: Episode 180 - What happens after the IVDR Date of Application with Colm O'Rourke: Episode 181 - What to learn about the EU Medical Device Situation? 182- Let's introduce our eQMS Smarteye with Anindya Mookerjea:
Let's introduce our eQMS Smarteye with Anindya Mookerjea
May 31 2022
Let's introduce our eQMS Smarteye with Anindya Mookerjea
Big news, with my partners we have developed an eQMS called SmartEye!!! and we wanted to share with you why an eQMS is needed. For that, I have invited Anindya Mookerjea the CEO of SCube Technologies. We will talk about eQMS solutions and how the idea of SmartEye came. I was part of the development of certain modules and this is really satisfying to see that auditors or customers like them. Don’t forget to ask for a demo. Who is Anindya Mookerjea? Anindya is the founder and CEO of S-Cube Technologies. He has over 20 years of experience in the medical device & Software industry. Experienced in taking medical device concepts through design & development, regulatory submission, and to market. Expert in the design, development, and implementation of FDA/ISO compliant quality management systems for Medical devices & Software medical devices. Industry expert in Agile methodology implementation for Software medical devices. Strong background in testing Software medical devices. The brainchild of SmartEye product. Who is Monir El Azzouzi? Monir El Azzouzi is a Medical Device Expert specializing in Quality and Regulatory Affairs. After working for many years with big Healthcare companies, particularly Johnson and Johnson, he decided to create EasyMedicalDevice.com to help people better understand the Medical Device Regulations all over the world. He now created the consulting firm Easy Medical Device GmbH and developed many ways to deliver knowledge through Videos, podcasts, online courses… Links Anindya Mookerjea Linkedin Profile:  Technologies website:  Technologies Linkedin Page:  account:  account:  Medical Device development:
What is the EU Medical Device Situation? with Erik Vollebregt
May 24 2022
What is the EU Medical Device Situation? with Erik Vollebregt
The Medtech Forum occurred this year in Barcelona between May 3-5, 2022 During this conference, we recorded a podcast episode with Erik Vollebregt to summarize the discussions that happened. The topics that we will cover are: Health Technology Assessment (HTA)Digitalization for Medical Devices post-CovidEU Commission not providing all the answersCentralization for Medical Devices like FDA or EMAExtension of EU MDRLegacy devices versus New devicesNew technologies pathwayEU Market versus US Market Who is Erik Vollebregt? Erik specializes in EU and national legal and regulatory issues relating to medical devices, including eHealth, mHealth, software, and protection of personal data. He is an expert in life sciences regulation at the EU and Dutch level, with a focus on contracts, and regulatory litigation against competent authorities and M&A. Erik was initially trained as intellectual property and competition lawyer, starting his career at the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. He subsequently gained experience in contentious matters, commercial contracts, and transactional work at three large international law firms. He actively contributes to law and policy development at the national and EU levels via membership in specialized committees at branch associations and the European Commission. Erik also works as an arbitrator in medical devices-related disputes and is regularly retained as an expert witness in foreign litigation. Erik worked and lived in Brussels and Stockholm for several years, and is fluent in Dutch, English, French, German, and Swedish. Chambers Europe 2017: Erik is known for his specialism in regulatory work, which covers medical technology, devices, and products as well as for biotechnology. Clients confirm his strong capabilities, with one saying “he stands out to me. Whenever I work with lawyers he has been the best, with a solid scientific background. He has the perfect combination of skills and experience.” Who is Monir El Azzouzi? Monir El Azzouzi is a Medical Device Expert specializing in Quality and Regulatory Affairs. After working for many years with big Healthcare companies and particularly Johnson and Johnson, he decided to create EasyMedicalDevice.com to help people have a better understanding of the Medical Device Regulations all over the world. He now created the consulting firm Easy Medical Device GmbH and developed many ways to deliver knowledge through Videos, podcasts, online courses... Links  Medtech Europe: Vollebregt profile: lawyers: EU Commission: episode 173 - EU MDR extension:
What happens after the IVDR Date of Application with Colm O’Rourke
May 17 2022
What happens after the IVDR Date of Application with Colm O’Rourke
The IVDR 2017/746 will become live on May 26th, 2022 and this will be the big day for a lot of IVD companies. To talk about the situation under IVDR, I have invited Colm O’Rourke from Trinzo to help us. Colm is sharing with us the situation for manufacturers. Also about Notified Bodies. Who is Colm O’Rourke? Colm O’Rourke is a regulatory and quality consultant with 10 years’ experience working in the medical device industry, including notified body, diagnostics manufacturer, and clinical laboratory experience. Colm works with manufacturers to achieve compliance through strategic planning, supporting the development of compliant technical and quality documentation, and assisting with regulatory submissions. Colm also delivers training on a number of topics including EU MDR and IVDR. Colm is a graduate of UCC, Ireland with a BSc in Biomedical Science, and NUI Galway, Ireland with a Dip. in Medical Device Science Who is Monir El Azzouzi? Monir El Azzouzi is a Medical Device Expert specializing in Quality and Regulatory Affairs. After working for many years with big Healthcare companies and particularly Johnson and Johnson, he decided to create EasyMedicalDevice.com to help people have a better understanding of the Medical Device Regulations all over the world. He now created the consulting firm Easy Medical Device GmbH and developed many ways to deliver knowledge through Videos, podcasts, online courses… Links Colm O’Rourke LinkedIn Profile:  Solutions Website:  2022-6 IVDR significant changes:  Solutions IVDR training:  IVDR Guidebook (10% off with the code: EASYMEDICALIVD):  Media to follow Monir El Azzouzi Linkedin:
Training Procedure "How to avoid mistakes" with Rod Beuzeval and Katie Cooney
Apr 26 2022
Training Procedure "How to avoid mistakes" with Rod Beuzeval and Katie Cooney
The training process can create a lot of non-conformances during audits and this is why we will try to explain to you how to avoid that. Rod and Katie from Trinzo will be helping us to create a compliant training process. We will talk about internal training and also training organized by external companies. We will discuss the way an auditor can find some of the issues. The effectiveness monitoring will also be important to cover. So don’t miss this episode of the podcast. Who is Rod Beuzeval? Rod is a regulatory expert with 24 years’ experience in regulated pharmaceutical and medical device companies and holds a RAPS RAC Global scope certification. Rod develops and routinely delivers training on EU MDR,EU IVDR, MDSAP, ISO 13485, risk management, clinical evaluation and provides consultancy on projects within this realm.  Throughout Rods career, he has worked with many medical device and IVD companies, helping them to achieve and maintain compliance. With both industry and notified body experience Rod is able to understand what exactly is needed and how to implement it in an effective manner. Who is Katie Cooney? Katie is the Training Centre of Excellence Lead at Trinzo She has over 15 years of experience in a variety of training roles and has performed these roles across all levels of the business. Her experience has been gained within Multinational Manufacturing including Medical Device, Pharmaceuticals and Automotive. Who is Monir El Azzouzi? Monir El Azzouzi is a Medical Device Expert specializing in Quality and Regulatory Affairs. After working for many years with big Healthcare companies and particularly Johnson and Johnson, he decided to create EasyMedicalDevice.com to help people have a better understanding of the Medical Device Regulations all over the world. He now created the consulting firm Easy Medical Device GmbH and developed many ways to deliver knowledge through Videos, podcasts, online courses… Links from the Video Rod LinkedIn:  Linkedin:  Solutions Website: www.meddevsolutions.co.ukTrinzo Website: www.trinzo.com Social Media to follow Monir El Azzouzi Linkedin:
How your PMCF is evaluated by your Notified Body? [Matthias Fink]
Apr 19 2022
How your PMCF is evaluated by your Notified Body? [Matthias Fink]
PMCF is something that was existing before with MDD 93/42/EC but this is more in focus now with the new EU MDR 2017/745. In this episode, I have invited Matthias Fink from TÜV SÜD to help us understand some of the mistakes we are making in the creation of our PMCF. He will tell us what to do and how to distinguish between the different PMCF types. Who is Matthias Fink? Board-certified orthopedic and trauma surgeon with 17 years of experience in orthopedic, trauma, and reconstructive surgery and extensive training in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. Working for TÜV SÜD Product Service in Germany since 2016 as a Clinical Reviewer in the Clinical Centre of Excellence before joining TÜV SÜD America in 2017. Senior Clinical Expert Orthopedic Surgery for the Clinical Centre of Excellence and the Team Manager of the Clinical Focus Team North America. Presenter at national and international conferences and workshops on the clinical requirements and the implementation of the EU MDR. Who is Monir El Azzouzi? Monir El Azzouzi is a Medical Device Expert specializing in Quality and Regulatory Affairs. After working for many years with big Healthcare companies and particularly Johnson and Johnson, he decided to create EasyMedicalDevice.com to help people have a better understanding of the Medical Device Regulations all over the world. He now created the consulting firm Easy Medical Device GmbH and developed many ways to deliver knowledge through videos, podcasts, online courses… Links Matthias Fink LinkedIn Page:  PMCF plan 2020-7:  PMCF report 2020-8:  SÜD Medical and Health Care LinkedIn Page:  page for MDR services:  on the clinical data requirements under the MDR:  search engine of the TÜV SÜD resource center with webinars and published white papers:  Media to follow Monir El Azzouzi Linkedin:
What are some of the surprises during MDR and IVDR transition? [Erik Vollebregt]
Mar 29 2022
What are some of the surprises during MDR and IVDR transition? [Erik Vollebregt]
There was an announcement earlier about the transfer of the Expert Panel for EU MDR & IVDR to the European Medicine Agency. So Pharma will take care of this. Is there a possibility that we are moving to a model similar to the FDA? Then another important piece of information came from SNITEM & BVMed. Both are asking for an extension of the EU MDR transition from May 2024 to May 2026. Why and would this be considered by the EU Commission? Let’s ask our preferred lawyer Erik Vollebregt. And I am sure this will help you understand all concepts for EU MDR and IVDR Who is Erik Vollebregt Erik specializes in EU and national legal and regulatory issues relating to medical devices, including eHealth, mHealth, software, and protection of personal data. He is an expert in life sciences regulation at the EU and Dutch level, with a focus on contracts, regulatory litigation against competent authorities, and M&A. Erik was initially trained as intellectual property and competition lawyer, starting his career at the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. He subsequently gained experience in contentious matters, commercial contracts, and transactional work at three large international law firms. He actively contributes to law and policy development at the national and EU levels via membership of specialized committees at branch associations and the European Commission. Erik also works as an arbitrator in medical devices-related disputes and is regularly retained as an expert witness in foreign litigation. Erik worked and lived in Brussels and Stockholm for several years, and is fluent in Dutch, English, French, German, and Swedish. Chambers Europe 2017: Erik is known for his specialism in regulatory work, which covers medical technology, devices, and products as well as biotechnology. Clients confirm his strong capabilities, with one saying “he stands out to me. Whenever I work with lawyers he has been the best, with a solid scientific background. He has the perfect combination of skills and experience.” Who is Monir El Azzouzi? Monir El Azzouzi is a Medical Device Expert specializing in Quality and Regulatory Affairs. After working for many years with big Healthcare companies, particularly Johnson and Johnson, he decided to create EasyMedicalDevice.com to help people have a better understanding of the Medical Device Regulations all over the world. He now created the consulting firm Easy Medical Device GmbH and developed many ways to deliver knowledge through Videos, podcasts, online courses… Links Erik Vollebregt Linkedin Profile:  Lawyers:  device legal blog:  & BVMed announcement:  Panel handover to EMA:  Media to follow Monir El Azzouzi Linkedin:
How to sell Medical Devices on an Online Platform? [Michael Wetherington]
Mar 22 2022
How to sell Medical Devices on an Online Platform? [Michael Wetherington]
Since the implementation of EU MDR, there was a new phenomenon about Medical Device online sales. Online sales see their submissions to platforms like amazon rejected as they do have not all the documentation needed. This is also the same in the US market and it will become the same with EU IVDR when the date of implementation will start. So how do get in compliance? I have interviewed Michael Wetherington who will provide us with some hints on what should be done. If you need any support, don’t hesitate to contact me. I will then forward your request. Who is Michael Wetherington? Michael Wetherington is the Founder of MedicalRegs.com. MedicalRegs.com helps MedTech startups design devices with the applicable requirements in mind. They go further by providing regulatory services for the EU, US, Canada, and ASEAN markets. His background encompasses medical device R&D, accredited testing lab, and Notified Body experience. He is also a mentor at Elemed’s Mentoring Academy. And, when time permits, he likes to sing, play the drums, and the guitar. Who is Monir El Azzouzi? Monir El Azzouzi is a Medical Device Expert specializing in Quality and Regulatory Affairs. After working for many years with big Healthcare companies and particularly Johnson and Johnson, he decided to create EasyMedicalDevice.com to help people have a better understanding of the Medical Device Regulations all over the world. He now created the consulting firm Easy Medical Device GmbH and developed many ways to deliver knowledge through Videos, podcasts, online courses… Links Michael Wetherington Linkedin:  marking Blue guide:  website:  Medical Device newsletter:  Media to follow Monir El Azzouzi Linkedin:
IVDR Class D Common Specification with Andreas Stange [TÜV SÜD]
Mar 8 2022
IVDR Class D Common Specification with Andreas Stange [TÜV SÜD]
For IVDR products, there is more and more information that is coming. So we make a small summary with Andreas Stange from TÜV SÜD and then we will discuss specifically the Draft Common Specification for certain Class D devices. Andreas will explain to you why we need these common specifications and if this is mandatory. He will also explain the problem that comes now when the transition date for certain devices were extended. Andreas will also invite you to join TÜV SÜD if you are interested to be part of this Notified Body as an auditor. Multiple places in the world are looking for you. I hope this will be informative to you. Who is Andreas Stange? Dr. Andreas F. Stange is a vice president for the Medical and Health Services group at TÜV SÜD. Product Service. He serves as the global responsibility for the In-vitro Diagnostic Devices business line. Besides that, he is also overseeing TÜV SÜD`s Medical Health Services in North-East Asia. Dr. Stange joined TÜV SÜD in 2001 as a medical device expert and had various positions since then in the group. Before taking the current position in March 2017, he served as President & CEO of TÜV SÜD in Japan for eight years. Who is Monir El Azzouzi? Monir El Azzouzi is a Medical Device Expert specializing in Quality and Regulatory Affairs. After working for many years with big Healthcare companies and particularly Johnson and Johnson, he decided to create EasyMedicalDevice.com to help people have a better understanding of the Medical Device Regulations all over the world. He has now created the consulting firm Easy Medical Device GmbH and developed many ways to deliver knowledge through Videos, podcasts, online courses… Links Andreas Stange Linkedin:  Specification IVDR:  IVDR application:  episode: