According to Article 13 of the draft medical device Regulation entitled “Person responsible for regulatory compliance” as lastly amended by the European Parliament, “manufacturers must have available within their organization at least one person responsible for regulatory compliance who possesses the requisite expertise in the field of medical devices”. Hence, the main change in medical device Regulation proposal is the requirement that a qualified person of manufacturer’s organization or authorized representative should be responsible for regulatory compliance.
Interestingly, professional experience can replace an academic qualification. In contrast to the requirements for the qualified person for medicinal products, the responsible person for medical devices can rely on either a diploma or a professional experience. Moreover, this amendment of the European Parliament enables that the role and responsibilities may be shared between several persons responsible for example for one of these tasks: regulatory, production or quality assurance compliance.