European Commission extends MDR transition period

Date: 27 March 2023

On 7 March 2023, the Council of the European Union adopted the Commission's proposal granting notified bodies and manufacturers more time to certify medical devices in order to mitigate the risk of shortages. This followed the positive vote by the European Parliament in February. 

To ensure continued access to medical devices for patients in need, the legislative proposal provides a longer transition period to adapt to the new rules laid down in the Medical Devices Regulation. Read also Council vote on the Medical Device Regulation extension.