Charlotte Ryckman assists clients across a complex range of regulatory, legal and procedural matters. Her practice focuses on the European Union rules and on the laws in key EU Member States, including Belgium and The Netherlands. Ms. Ryckman has experience in assisting pharmaceutical and medical device companies in a variety of life science regulatory matters. She also advises international companies on data privacy matters such as data breaches and international transfers. Ms. Ryckman has been involved in representing some of these companies in high-profile litigation matters in Belgium. Ms. Ryckman’s practice also focuses on environmental and product safety matters, particularly regarding telecommunications.
Wearable watches that help consumers obtain a better understanding of their eating patterns; wearable clothes that send signals to treating physicians; smart watches: they are but a few examples of the increasingly available and increasingly sophisticated “wearables” on the EU market. These technologies are an integrated part of many people’s lives, and in some cases … Continue Reading
The EU Regulatory Committee on Medical Devices recently voted in favor of the European Commission’s draft decision on the classification of cranberry products (the “Cranberry Decision”). In essence, the Cranberry Decision provides that cranberry products intended to prevent or treat cystitis and that have a principal intended action based on proanthocyanidins (“PACs”) do not fall … Continue Reading
Earlier this week, in a plenary vote, the EU Parliament endorsed the texts of the Regulation on Medical Devices (the “Regulation”—latest version available here) and the parallel Regulation on In-Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (the “IVD Regulation”—latest version available here). This presents a good opportunity to have a closer look at one of the essential questions … Continue Reading
It has been fairly quiet since the political agreement was reached last June on the EU Medical Devices Regulation (“the Regulation”). While the Commission’s lawyer-linguists iron out the final language, paving the way for formal adoption in the coming months, we are preparing a series of articles, beginning with this blog post, to address key … Continue Reading
On June 13, 2016, the French Conseil d’État (supreme administrative court) referred to the EU Court of Justice (“CJEU”), the question of whether medical software that provides support to healthcare professionals in prescribing medicinal products should be considered a medical device under Directive 93/42 (the “Directive”) (Case C-329/16). The qualification of software as a medical … Continue Reading
The European Commission is preparing its first borderline decision under Article 13(1)d of Medical Devices Directive 93/42 (“the Article 13 Decision”). The draft is available here. This provision allows Member States to request that the European Commission decide whether a specific product should be considered a medical device. The draft Article 13 Decision holds that … Continue Reading
On June 19th, 2015, the Council of EU Ministers reached a partial General Approach on the review of the medical devices and in vitro medical devices (IVD) rules in the EU (an overview of the texts is accessible here). The General Approach does not yet include the recitals to the new medical devices and IVD … Continue Reading