The meeting was chaired by TİTCK President Dr. Hakkı Gürsöz and hosted by TİTCK’s Vice President of Medical Devices and Cosmetics Recep Uslu and Head of Medical Devices Notified Body and Clinical Trials Department Dr.Asım Hocaoğlu. Heads of departments and experts from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and TİTCK have attended the meeting, together with EU Delegation to Turkey, MedTech Europe executives, TıpGörDer representing COCIR and notified bodies representing TEAM NB.
During the meeting, information is provided about the harmonization studies initiated by TITCK, in cooperation with the other relevant institutions, right after the 2017/745 Medical Device Regulations (MDR), the new medical device regulation of the European Union (EU), was published in 2017. It was stated that the technical review of the draft legislation, which was prepared as a result of a 2-year intensive work with the contributions of the sector representatives, continues before the European Commission. In order to avoid any problems regarding placing the medical devices on the Turkish market after the MDR legislation enters into force on May 26, 2020 in the EU, the importance of timely completion of Turkey’s harmonization efforts has been emphasized. The message that the competent authority and the industry are ready for the new medical device legislation was transmitted to EU Delegation to Turkey, MedTech Europe, COCIR and TEAM NB representatives who attended the meeting. It was emphasized by all participants that the new regulation is critical for product safety and protection of patients’ health.