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The impact of Brexit on medical device regulation

UK Insights on Brexit

By Neil Emerson | October 23, 2020

Starting January 1, transition arrangements for device companies begin.

As a consequence of Britain leaving the EU, the U.K. laws regulating medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDs) are changing.

Effective January 1, 2021, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) will become responsible for all medical devices sold in the U.K. that are currently undertaken through the EU systems.

All medical devices will need to be registered with the MHRA within defined grace periods.”

Neil Emerson
GB Life Sciences Practice Leader, Willis Towers Watson

All medical devices will require registration with the MHRA within defined grace periods. MHRA will continue to recognize existing CE marking and EU certificates until June 30, 2023.

After this date, devices will require a U.K. Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark, which the EU won’t recognize, so a CE mark will still be required for EU markets.

Addtionally, devices sold in Northern Ireland will require both UKCA and CE marks.

Manufacturers based outside of the U.K. selling medical devices in the U.K. are required to appoint a U.K. Person Responsible (UKPR).

Find details of the changes at

If you would like to know more about how this might affect your insurance arrangements, please contact me.


GB Life Sciences Practice Leader

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