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Self Care Medical Devices


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About medical devices regulation

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In order to place a medical device on the market manufacturers must ensure their devices meet certain essential performance and safety requirements, taking account of the intended purpose. Medical devices are classified according to the risk they pose, with higher risk devices subjected to a greater degree of scrutiny. In Great Britain medical devices are regulated under the Medical Devices Regulations 2002 (SI 2002 No 618, as amended) (UK MDR 2002). The EU Medical Devices Regulation (Regulation 2017/745) (EU MDR) became applicable in EU Member States and Northern Ireland on 26 May 2021. Therefore, the rules for placing medical devices on the Northern Ireland market differ from those applicable to Great Britain.

When a medical device meets relevant requirements, it can be conformity marked and then placed on the market. From 1 July 2023, a UKCA mark will be needed to place a medical device on the GB market. However, until then manufactures of medical devices can use either the CE mark or UKCA mark. The UKCA mark is not recognised in the EU, EEA or Northern Ireland markets and so products require a CE mark for sale in these markets. Where third party conformity assessment is needed, a UK Approved Body is needed.

How do I know if a medical device is in PAGB membership?

For medical devices to be within scope of PAGB membership they must:

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Find out more about PAGB's work to promote self care for self treatable conditions and its support for the Self Care Forum.