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The MedTech Diary: regulation and innovation

by Henrietta Shirley on 23 July 2019

We’ve collected the best dates in medtech coming up over the next few months to get you inspired and fired-up after the summer and keep you fully informed in advance of 2020. This week, we’re looking at regulation and innovation. Two of the industry’s most central concerns as it transitions from the MDD to the EU’s new MDR and IVDR, and simultaneously integrates new technology and digital solutions.

MDR Readiness Day

Run by the association Swiss MedTech, this event marks the next phase of the EU’s MDR, which will apply from May 2020. The MDR Readiness Day offers manufactures and industry operators the opportunity to highlight challenges and discuss possible solutions. Companies will be able to address site-specific issues in detail, including product classes and characteristics, MDR implementation concepts and updated information from authorities. If your organisation is based in Switzerland this is not to be missed.

Swiss Medtech Expo

From innovative ideas to boosting performance and quality assurance, Swiss Medtech Expo is one of the most important medical fairs in Europe. Attracting around 2,000 visitors a year, this year’s fair will focus on twelve key topics, such as smart design and engineering, digitalization and miniaturization, the internet of things and connectivity and successfully mastering the new MDR and IVDR. This event will include 200 exhibitors, 72 expert presentations and an Innovation Symposium with 24 keynote speakers.

Experts will discuss the latest specialist knowledge in science, technology and the medtech market, as well as live projects, new start-ups and approaches to regulatory changes. Named this July as a top region for innovation by the European Commission, this event is sure to present you with the best ideas and solutions in the medtech industry.

Q1 Productions: EU Medical Device Regulatory Affairs Conference

Dedicated to quality assurance, the Q1 Productions conference (held on both the 18–19 September and 13–14 November) will address the designation of Notified Bodies and the solutions, strategies and management techniques that will assist you in complying with the EU’s new MDR. Both high-level presentations and opportunities for peer-to-peer sharing, to learn from fellow organisations, will provide attendees with a fresh and in-depth insight into regulatory strategy and practical solutions to their current concerns and the unconfirmed factors of the MDR.

TOPRA Symposium 2019

Dedicated to professionals in regulatory affairs, the TOPRA Symposium 2019 will be a highly informative and influential event for the months leading up to the live-date of the MDR in May 2020. 

The key dates for medtech will be 1–2 October and will include the Medical Devices/IVDs Symposium 2019 and Regulatory Updates for SMEs. Visitors will have access to the latest information and insights from the most comprehensive regulatory affairs programme in the EU. As well as the opportunity to meet regulators from around the world—its innovators and opinion leaders—you will be able to share your experiences and discuss solutions to better navigate disruptive technologies and the changing regulatory landscape.

MedTech & Pharma Platform

The annual Medtech & Pharma Platform conference is centred on fostering greater cooperation between medtech and pharma industries. This event is about the exchange of knowledge through exhibitions, one-on-one meetings and networking opportunities. Here, prominent speakers from regulatory authorities, manufacturing companies, research labs, consulting firms, patient organisations and government institutions all share their insights on the current market and emerging fields. The MedTech & Pharma Platform presents a cross-disciplinary approach to innovation in the medtech industry, and we delighted to say that this year we will be giving a talk on the effects of regulation on innovation.


The largest and most established medical trade fair in the world, it is unlikely that MEDICA has escaped your attention. So, to summarise, last year, MEDICA drew 120,000 visitors from 155 countries to its four-day fair and showcased over 5,000 exhibitors from 66 countries. Whilst 2018 highlighted a wave of innovations brought about by one of the sector’s most significant trends—digital transformation, 2019 is sure to make the EU’s new MDR and IVDR a key focus.

Alongside its exhibitions, the fair has a programme of around 1,000 presentations as well as forums and conferences, such as MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM, MEDICA ECON FORUM and MEDICA TECH FORUM. These will cover a multitude of areas, from the most visionary ideas in healthcare and digital health solutions to market-relevant topics and the extensive changes to regulations around the world.

Next week, we will be looking at digital events! Keep up-to-date by following our MedTech Diary announcements on our Reflections page or by following our latest editorial on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.  

We are here to ensure that you have everything you need to make the most informed business decisions. Reach out to us for advice and hands-on support with your regulatory strategy, data analysis and the digital transformation of your business.

Henrietta Shirley

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