The European Commission has released the names of members appointed to its 12 expert panels on medical devices and in vitro diagnostics (IVDs). The expert panels, established under the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR), will provide scientific, technical and clinical input to the Commission, its Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG), member states, notified bodies and manufacturers. In particular, notified bodies are required to consult with expert panels on the clinical evaluations of certain high risk medical devices and performance evaluations of some high-risk IVDs.
Membership in the 11 device and IVD-focused panels ranges from just two members to 28 members, while the screening panel, which is tasked with determining whether there is a need for a scientific opinion, boasts 70 members. So far, the Commission has not named the panel chairs and vice chairs, who will make up the expert panel coordination committee.