Transactions on Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine
Vol 3 No 1 (2021): Trans. AMMM
https://doi.org/10.18416/AMMM.2021.2109542

Medical Aids and Devices, ID 542

Regulatory Framework for 3D Printed Custom-Made Devices in Europe

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Ann-Kathrin Carl  , David Hochmann  (Academic)

Abstract

Additive manufacturing (AM) has been growing continuously over the past 20 years, enabling unprecedented tailoring to the anatomy of each patient. In Europe, custom-made devices qualify for an exemption and pass a simplified approval process. New technologies, like AM, provoke questions about the adequacy of the current regulatory framework for custom-made devices. This article addresses the regulatory requirements for such devices in Europe and discusses the implications for AM. It concludes that the legal framework for custom-made devices entails uncertainties which need to be resolved to guide manufacturers through the regulatory requirements, highlighting the specific areas of focus for AM.

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Carl, A.-K., & Hochmann, D. (2021). Regulatory Framework for 3D Printed Custom-Made Devices in Europe. Transactions on Additive Manufacturing Meets Medicine, 3(1), 542. https://doi.org/10.18416/AMMM.2021.2109542