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Brief Introduction of
EU Council Directive 93/42/EEC
Medical Devices

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Other CE Publications Related to Medical Devices:
  1. 93/465/eec: Conformity Assessment Procedures & CE Marking Rules
  2. 2001 Guidelines for Classification of Medical Devices
  3. Guidelines relating to the demarcation between Directives 90/385/eec, 93/42/eec and 65/65/eec.
  4. 90/385/eec: Directive of Active Implantable Medical Devices
  5. 98/79/ec: Directive of In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices
  6. Guidelines to Medical Devices Vigilance System
  7. List of Harmonised (European) Standards for Medical Devices
  8. List of Notified Bodies for Medical Devices Directive
  9. Guidelines for Conformity Assessment of Breast Implants According to Directive 93/42/eec
  10. Guidelines on Assessment of Medical Devices Incorporating Materials of Animal Origin
  11. Guidelines on Medical Devices With Measuring Function
  12. Guidelines on Medical Devices: Subcontracting – Quality System Related
  13. Guidelines on Medical Devices: Treatment of Computers used to program Implantable Pulse Generators
  14. Guidelines on Medical Devices: Demarcation with other Directives- Directive 89/336/EEC EMC & Directive 89/686/EEC PPE
  15. Guidelines on Medical Devices: EMC Requirements
  16. Guidelines on Medical Devices Labelling: USE-BY DATE
  17. Guidelines on Medical Devices Labelling: Translation procedures
  18. Guidelines on Homogeneous Production Batches

There are three Medical Device Directives in place, the Directive of Active Implantable Medical Devices (90/385/eec), the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC), and the Directive of In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (98/79/ec).

In common with other New Approach Directives, the three Medical Device Directives in place include provisions for mandatory CE Marking of all products covered by them.

The scope of the notifications are as follows :

Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC)

  • Annex II Full Quality Assurance
  • Annex V Production Quality Assurance
  • Annex VI Product Quality Assurance

Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive (90/385/EEC)

  • Annex II Full Quality Assurance
  • Annex V Production Quality Assurance

The content of this page deals only with the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC).


A Medical Device is defined in Directive (93/42/EEC) as: Any instrument, apparatus, appliance, material or other article, whether used alone or in combination, including the software necessary for the proper application, intended by the manufacturer to be used for human beings for the purpose of :
  • diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of a disease, an injury or a handicap.
  • investigation, replacement or modification of the anatomy or of a physiological process.
  • control of conception
and which does not achieve its principal intended action in or on the human body by pharmacological, immunological or metabolic means, but which may be assisted by such means. The Directive gives additional definitions of relevant devices and terms. The following products are excluded from the scope of the Directive:
  • In vitro diagnostic devices
  • Active implantable devices covered by Directive 90/385/EEC
  • Medicinal products covered by Directive 65/65/EEC
  • Cosmetic products covered by Directive 76/768/EEC
  • Personal protective equipment covered by Directive 89/686/EEC
  • Tissues or cells of human origin
  • Viable tissue or cells of animal origin.

The Directive sets out the classification criteria for Medical Devices and outlines the appropriate conformity assessment procedures for each class of device.

The Medical Device Directive came into effect on 1st January, 1995

A transitional period, up to 13rd June 1998, within which manufacturers may choose either to apply CE Marking under the terms of the Directive or to conform to specific national regulations allowing product to be marketed only where such national regulations are accepted, is given in the Directive.

All devices being put on the market in the EU after 13rd June 1998 must bear CE Marking.

Competent Authority

Under the terms of the Medical Device Directive a competent authority is nominated by the Government of each member state to monitor and ensure compliance with its provisions. The Competent Authority is responsible for;
  • designating Notified Bodies to carry out conformity assessment procedures.
  • handling applications for clinical investigations.
  • ensuring adverse incidents are reported within appropriate time scales and evaluated.
  • the withdrawal of unsafe devices from the market.
  • effecting the Directives into law through statutory instruments.
  • ensuring only those devices bearing the CE marking are allowed onto the market.

Medical devices, bearing the CE marking, are presumed to conform to the appropriate essential requirements, unless there is reason to believe otherwise. Should this be the case, the Competent Authority will take appropriate measures which may include withdrawal from the market. The Competent Authority must inform the European Commission of any enforcement action taken.

Notified Body

The organization which will check whether the appropriate conformity assessment procedures have been followed is known as the Notified Body. It is a certification organization which the Competent Authority, of a Member State designates to carry out one or more of the conformity assessment procedures described in the annexes of the Directives. A Notified Body must be qualified to perform all the functions set out in any annex for which it is designated. The Directive lays down criteria for the Competent Authority to assess whether certification organizations are sufficiently qualified to act as Notified Bodies. They may do this only for organizations under its own jurisdiction. The Competent Authority must notify the European Commission of those bodies selected. These will appear in the Official Journal of the European Communities. The selection criteria ensure impartiality and expertise of prospective Notified Bodies. Periodic auditing of the Notified Body by the Competent Authority, will ensure adherence to these criteria. A Notified Body will not necessarily have to carry out every part of the testing or auditing, some aspects may be sub-contracted. In such cases, the Notified Body must retain the final and overall responsibility.

Authorized Representative

A non-EU Manufacturer's European Authorized (Authorised) Representative is the one who will represent the manufacturer to deal with the CE Marking vigilance authorities from the 27+3 EEA (EU & EFTA) Member States. It is required by the EU legislation that a non-EU manufacturer of Medical Devices must print its European Authorised Representative´s name, address & contacting details on the packaging/labeling of the medical devices sold onto the EEA (EU & EFTA) market. The authorities from any of the 27+3 EEA (EU & EFTA) Member States may call the Authorized Representative up for CE Marking vigilance at any time and the Authorized Representative must respond immediately and properly within the permitted time. Click here to learn more ->>

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Conformity Assessment Procedures

The conformity assessment procedures are the routes available under the Medical Devices Directives, for manufacturers to demonstrate that their devices meet the Essential Requirements, thus enabling the CE marking to be affixed to the device. Having classified the device according to its properties, function and intended purpose, devices will be assigned to one of 4 Classes;
Class I Low risk devices

Class IIa and Class IIb Medium risk devices

Class III High risk devices

The main purpose is to allow the strictest controls to be applied only to those devices which present the greatest risk to health or safety. Conformity assessment routes and details on the various options available to the manufacturer for different classes of devices are set out in the Directive.

In assessing the Quality Management System element in conformity assessment some notified body has adopted the EN 46000 series of standards, particular requirements for Medical Device manufacturers' in addition to the ISO 9000 Series.


Step 1

Classify your products according to Annex IX of Directive. Click here to learn more...
Step 2

Decide on your conformity assessment route (Annexes). The following options are open to you.
Class I
Sterile / Measuring
Annex VII + Annex V
for Sterile / Measuring aspects
Class II a Annex II
Annex VII + V
Annex VII + VI
Class II b Annex II
Annex III + V
Annex III + VI
Class III Annex II
Annex III + V

Step 3

Appoint an Authorized Representative domiciled in the EEA (EU & EFTA) member states. Register your products if required.
Step 4

Follow conformity procedures details in the Directive.
Step 5

Proper labeling and affix the CE Marking on the product(s).
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Please click the following links to learn more about every CE-Marking-related European Union Directive, Guidelines to Directives, Frameworks of implementation of Directives, and Agreements on Mutual Recognition of conformity assessment between European Union and other countries such as USA, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Israel:-
  1. What is CE marking (CE mark)?
  2. The CE marking logo (Free download CE mark logo)
  3. Download of the EC Rep symbol/logo
  4. CE Marking (CE mark) EU/EC Declaration of Conformity: definition and required content
  5. What is a manufacturer? What are the responsibilities of a manufacturer?
  6. Is the Own Brand Labeller or Private Labeller considered as the legal Manufacturer?
  7. Why is CE marking called "European passport"?
  8. Does my product need CE Marking in order to be sold/exported on/to the European Market?
  9. How to obtain CE Marking for my product?
  10. How can Wellkang Tech Consulting help me to obtain CE Marking for my product?
  11. Wellkang can be your Authorized Representative in Europe for CE Marking purpose !
  12. Complete list of all CE Marking Directives and Guidelines to Directives
  13. Complete list of all (more than 1000) Notified Bodies for CE marking
  14. Complete list of all European and/or international standards related to CE marking
  15. 85/374/eec: Directive of Liability for Defective Products (for all products)
  16. 1999/34/ec: Directive of Liability for Defective Products (amending) (for all products)
  17. 2000: (Proposal for a new) General Products Safety Directive (for all products)
  18. 92/59/eec: Directive of General Products Safety (for all products)
  19. 93/68/eec: "CE Marking" Directive (for all products)
  20. 93/465/eec: Conformity Assessment Procedures & CE Marking Rules, & Annex (for all products)
  21. Guide to Implementation of directives based on new approach & global approach (for all products)
  22. 73/23/eec: Directive of Low Voltage Electrical Equipment
  23. Guideline to Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 73/23/eec & Annex I, II
  24. 2000&2001 Framework of implementation of (LVD) Directive 73/23/eec
  25. 87/404/eec: Directive of Simple Pressure Vessels
  26. 88/378/eec: Directive of Toys & Annex I, II, ... IV
  27. 89/106/eec: Directive of Construction Products
  28. 89/336/eec: Directive of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
  29. Guideline to Directive of Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) 89/336/eec
  30. Communication 2000 in framework of implementation of EMC Directive 89/336/EEC
  31. 89/686/eec: Directive of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  32. 90/384/eec: Directive of Non-automatic Weighing Instruments
  33. 90/396/eec: Directive of Appliances Burning Gaseous Fuels (AppliGas)
  34. 2001 Commission Communication in Framework of Impl (AppliGas) Directive 90/396/eec
  35. 92/42/eec: Directive of Efficiency of (Liquid or Gaseous fueled) Hot Water Boilers
  36. 93/15/eec: Directive of Explosives for Civil Uses
  37. 93/42/eec: Directive of Medical Devices
  38. 2001 Guidelines for Classification of Medical Devices
  39. Guidelines relating to the demarcation between Directives 90/385/eec, 93/42/eec and 65/65/eec.
  40. 90/385/eec: Directive of Active Implantable Medical Devices
  41. 98/79/ec: Directive of In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices
  42. Guidelines to Medical Devices Vigilance System
  43. List of Harmonised (European) Standards for Medical Devices
  44. List of Notified Bodies for Medical Devices Directive
  45. 93/65/eec: Directive of Air Traffic Management Equipment & Systems
  46. 94/9/ec: Directive of Equipment used in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres (Atex)
  47. Guidelines to directive 94/9/ec (Atex)
  48. 94/25/ec: Directive of Recreational Craft
  49. 95/16/ec: Directive of Lifts
  50. 96/48/ec: Directive of Trans-European High-speed Rail System
  51. 96/57/ec: Directive of Energy Efficiency: Household Refrigerators & Freezers
  52. 96/98/ec: Directive of Marine Equipment
  53. 98/37/ec: Directive of Machinery
  54. 2000: Comments on Directive of Machinery 98/37/ec
  55. 99/5/ec: Directive of Radio Equipment & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE)
  56. 2000/9/ec: Directive of Cableway Installations to Carry Persons
  57. 2000/14/ec: Directive of Noise Emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors

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