Expert Panel in the Medical Device

                                                                       Rolle, 9 July 2019
Upcoming call for candidates to enter Expert Panel in the Medical Device
Regulation process
Dear Members of the EFORT Community,
The European Commission has shared the announcement of its call for clinical experts to
participate in expert panels on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic devices. The call will
be published later this year.
The new Medical Devices Regulation will regulate the development, authorization and postmarket
surveillance of medical devices. A new element under this regulation is the
establishment of expert panels that will play a role in assessing high-risk medical devices
and advising regulators.
It is essential that a broad variety in experts from different disciplines will be represented in
these panels to ensure that the safety of medical devices on the European market is
guaranteed. The call, including information about conditions and reimbursements, will soon
be launched.
This letter is to encourage EFORT’s membership network and in particular all National
Societies and Specialty Societies to already identify potential candidates and prepare for the
European Commission call for recruitment in advance.
Therefore, may we ask you to look for your most experienced and best “EU-versed” experts
who have a definite interest to assist the EU Commission in the upcoming expert panels. We
would kindly ask you to send EFORT name/surname, position, institution, qualifications and
e-mail addresses, so that EFORT can gain an overview of applying candidates. The above
information should be sent to the attention of EFORT’s Immediate Past President, Ass. Prof.
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In the attached documents you can read more about both, the process and expectations to
becoming members of the expert panels.
The EFORT Board is monitoring the process, through collaboration channel within the
Biomedical Alliance, as well as through direct contacts to Officers in the EU Commission. The
EU recognises EFORT as the official organisation covering health related aspects in
orthopaedics and traumatology.
The EFORT Board strives to build a list of the most experienced specialists to be chosen from
by the EU Commission through their selection process during this late autumn.
The entire process is not yet exactly known. We expect up to six subgroups in the area of
orthopaedics, traumatology and rheumatology. Each subgroup should include 6-8 experts,
among which 2-3 are expected to be clinicians with expert knowledge.
As soon as we will have more detail and the call will be opened, we shall send an update of
Many thanks for your co-operation.
On behalf of the EFORT Board
Per Kjaersgaard-Andersen
Antonio Cartucho
Philippe Neyret 
! Les candidatures devront être au préalable
adressées au bureau de la SORBCOT  
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Call for clinical and other experts to be published later in 2019!
What will be the tasks and activities of the expert panels?
Expert panels will respond to consultations on novel
high-risk devices before they are certified for the EU single
market. The experts will also be involved in other tasks such
as contributing to the development of common specifications
for clinical evaluation of device categories, guidance
documents or standards.
Selected experts will be appointed to expert panels in a range
of relevant fields, such as the cardiovascular system,
orthopaedics, neurology, endocrinology, and other areas,
such as in vitro diagnostic medical devices.
When will the call for experts be launched?
The call for clinical and other experts in the area of
medical devices and in vitro diagnostic devices will be
launched later in 2019 and published in the Official Journal
of the European Commission. Details on expert remuneration
will be provided in the call.
Successful candidates may be appointed for a renewable term
of three years or may be included on a central list of available
experts from which they may be called to support panels.
The new EU regulations on medical devices and in vitro diagnostics came into force in 2017.
They stipulate the establishment of expert panels to support the assessment of specific high-risk
devices and to contribute to the prospective improvement of the overall framework by advising the
Commission, the Medical Device Coordination Group, Member States, Notified Bodies and manufacturers.
How to apply?
Once the call is published, make sure you fulfil all the eligibility criteria. Fill out the online application form, attach
your CV and declaration of interest. 
Your expertise can make a difference to the health and quality of life of patients. If you would like to
contribute to improving medical device assessment
and enjoy working with peers, consider applying!
1Regulation (EU) 2017/745 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2017 on
medical devices (MDR)
Regulation (EU) 2017/746 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2017 on
in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDR)
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