UK Notified Body (NB) LRQA has announced its withdrawal of services relating to the MDD and IVDD, with 90 days’ notice being provided to its client base. LRQA has also confirmed that it will not be seeking to become a NB for the new MDR and IVDR.
All LRQA clients have been informed directly, and LRQA is working with the MHRA to help the transfer of companies to an alternative provider.
As the number of NBs continues to shrink, last week the European Commission issued a new communication on the “State of play of preparations” as to the UK’s departure from the European Union, which included an update on the notified body situation (see page 5).
The Commission acknowledged that significant work will still be required to achieve full compliance by 31 October 2019, but believes that the extension of the Article 50(3) (UK withdrawal) until this date provides sufficient time to complete both the transfer of certificates and the adaptation of product labels.