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Importing IVDs for Performance Studies in Europe

December 3, 2023

The In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR) has introduced a stringent regulatory framework for the importation of In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (IVDs) into the European Union (EU) under the IVDR. This framework imposes specific requirements on sponsors and manufacturers who intend to import IVDs for performance studies. To ensure compliance and facilitate a smooth importation process, engaging an experienced IVD CRO (Contract Research Organization) can be invaluable.

IVDR Article 19 is relevant to the importation of IVDs for performance studies in that it establishes the right of sponsors and manufacturers to import IVDs into the EU for the purpose of conducting performance studies. However, it is important to note that the IVDR also imposes certain requirements on the importation of IVDs for performance studies.

Importing IVDs for Performance Studies

The are several key requirements for importing IVDs for performance studies:

  • Appointment of a Legal Representative: Non-EU sponsors must appoint a legal representative within the EU fro their clinical performance studies. This representative is responsible for ensuring compliance with the IVDR sponsor’s obligations , and shall be the addressee for all communications with the sponsor provided for in this Regulation. (IVDR Article 58)
  • Labeling Requirements: Labeling must be in accordance with the IVDR’s labeling requirements, which include information on the intended use, risks, and performance of the IVD. Specific requirements include appropriate language, symbols, and hazard indications.
  • Adverse Event Reporting: Sponsors and manufacturers must establish and maintain systems for reporting adverse events associated with the IVD throughout its lifecycle. This includes defining what constitutes an adverse event and adhering to specified timelines for reporting. (IVDR Article 82)
  • Compliance with IVDR Article 19: Ensure that the importation of IVDs for performance studies adheres to the principles of freedom of movement. (IVDR Article 19)

The Role of an IVD CRO in Importation

An experienced IVD CRO can provide comprehensive support to sponsors and manufacturers throughout the importation process, ensuring adherence to the IVDR’s requirements and streamlining the regulatory pathway.

  • Regulatory Expertise: IVD CROs possess in-depth knowledge of the IVDR, including staying updated on changes or updates to the regulation, and can guide sponsors and manufacturers through the complex regulatory landscape.
  • Labeling Review: CROs can assist in reviewing and preparing labeling in accordance with the IVDR’s requirements.
  • Adverse Event Reporting Procedures: CROs can assist in establishing and implementing adverse event reporting procedures that comply with the IVDR’s requirements.
  • Communication and Representation: CROs can effectively communicate with EU authorities, representing sponsors and manufacturers during interactions and negotiations, and act as intermediaries for any necessary correspondence.
  • Documentation Preparation: CROs can assist in preparing and compiling the necessary documentation, including technical files, risk assessments, and labeling.
  • Submission and Review Management: CROs can manage the submission process, ensuring timely and accurate submissions to EU authorities and addressing any review comments promptly.

Benefits of Engaging an IVD CRO

Engaging an IVD CRO offers several significant benefits for sponsors and manufacturers:

  • Reduced Regulatory Burden: CROs take on the regulatory burden, allowing sponsors and manufacturers to focus on their core research activities.
  • Enhanced Compliance: CROs’ expertise helps minimize the risk of non-compliance, preventing delays and potential penalties.
  • Streamlined Importation Process: CROs facilitate a smooth and efficient importation process, expediting the availability of IVDs for performance studies.
  • Reduced Costs: CROs can help optimize the importation process, minimizing unnecessary costs and maximizing resource utilization.
  • Access to Expertise: CROs provide access to a team of experienced professionals with specialized knowledge in IVD regulation.


Importing IVDs for performance studies under the IVDR requires careful consideration of the regulatory landscape and adherence to stringent requirements. Engaging an experienced IVD CRO can provide invaluable support to sponsors and manufacturers, ensuring compliance, streamlining the importation process, and ultimately facilitating the development of innovative IVDs that benefit patient care.

MDx CRO: Your Partner in importation of IVDs for performance studies

MDx CRO is a leading provider of IVD CRO services, with a proven track record of success in helping sponsors and manufacturers navigate the IVDR regulatory landscape. Our team of experts possesses in-depth knowledge of the IVDR and can provide comprehensive support throughout the importation process. With specific examples of our past successes, we demonstrate our expertise and experience in the field.

With MDx CRO as your partner, you can rest assured that your IVD importation process will be compliant, efficient, and cost-effective. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you bring your innovative IVDs to the European market.

*MDx offers assistance with the importation of devices for performance studies. MDx’s range of services does not include acting as an economic operator importer as defined under Article 13 of the EU IVDR.

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