Ireland got a head-start in adapting for the new EU medical device and IVD regulations by launching a Masters in Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs in 2015. It's now two years since the Irish Medtech Skillnet and Irish Medtech Association along with NUI Galway and IT Sligo launched the programme with the first class graduating today in Galway.
Senior Irish Medtech Association Executive Dr. Áine Fox said: "Now that the EU medical device and IVD regulations have entered into force, the transition period clocks have begun counting down for both. Ensuring that we have talent with ability to manage these changes, which will have both operational and financial implications for the 450 medtech business across Ireland who employ 38,000 people, is essential for business.
Leading regulatory affairs experts within the Irish Medtech Association came together to develop this specialised programme with the Irish Medtech Skillnet along with NUI Galway and IT Sligo. After five years of EU negotiations, these far-reaching regulations will see a 3-5 transition period for businesses and in that time we look forward to seeing more professionals and students go through the Masters in Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs.”