The most recent sign of this: The Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority, or HPRA, published a draft guide for Irish health institutions that develop and use in-house-devices and are now soliciting their feedback on the initiative.
This makes Ireland one of the first countries to directly address labs to clarify national peculiarities alongside IVDR requirements. Given that many labs across the EU are still in the dark about the full set of requirements and how to fulfil them, this effort at transparency and stakeholder involvement stands out.
From the start of full IVDR implementation on May 26, 2022, Ireland—like most other countries—took immediate steps to motivate labs and manufacturers to act. One day later they passed national regulations outlining the role of HPRA and detailing how offenses will be handled.
Soon after they sent a clear message by requiring manufacturers, distributors and labs to actively come forward and register their IVD devices with the national authority.
The newly published HPRA guide aims to go beyond making demands and instead support health institutions and clinical labs in implementing the combined requirements of IVDR plus Ireland’s own specifications.
Key contents include:
Irish labs may respond to the HPRA by January 26, 2024 using this response template.
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