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The European Commission publishes important guidance on the requirements for COVID-19 tests under the IVDD

2021/8/30 18:59:48 Views:2031

According to different application scenarios of COVID-19 reagents, The EU has made new regulations on the certification process of reagents, including the following regulations on the application scenarios of COVID-19 reagents:


Professional use in hospitals and laboratories


Close to patients: hospital beds, nursing homes, pharmacies, doctors' offices


Self-testing at home is performed by ordinary people with no medical or laboratory training


By 26 May 2022, the CE mark of IVDD can be used for COVID-19 reagents used in professional places without the approval of the announcing body. Therefore, there is no CE label number and no NB certificate. The manufacturer only needs to provide the Declaration of Conformity (DOC), preferably with QMS certificate, but not mandatory by IVD Directive (IVDD).


For home self-testing of COVID-19 reagent, the product must have the CE approved by the IVDD notification agency, and the manufacturer must obtain the CE symbolic declaration issued by NB, plus the QMS certificate, before it can be sold in the European market.


In addition, enterprises that have obtained the self-testing certificate of IVDD may be required to supplement clinical data according to the new guidelines, or the certificate will be cancelled.


For Chinese IVD companies that once were in the leading position of the European COVID-19 testing market, as well as IVD companies that still want to enter the European market, the new clinical trial guidance makes it much harder to enter the European market.