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New Regulations Amendments for IVD’s in Northern Ireland

Under the terms of the Windsor Framework, the rules for placing devices on the Northern Ireland market have been different from the rest of Great Britain.  For IVDs, these rules have followed the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device Regulation (IVDR) 2017/746 since its date of application of 26th May 2022.

A Statutory Instrument (SI) 2024 No. 221 The Medical Devices In Vitro Diagnostic Devices etc. Amendment Regulations 2024 has now came into force as of the 21st March 2024 which enables the IVDR to be fully implemented within Northern Ireland.

This SI sets out the requirements that can be determined according to the IVDR by the competent authority such as fee structures and enforcement provisions.  It also amends other domestic legislation to reflect that IVDR applies in Northern Ireland.

It also:

  • appoints the MHRA as the authority responsible for Notified Bodies,
  • includes the requirements for documentation to be provided in English
  • sets out the requirements for performance studies within Northern Ireland
  • the provision that an IVD testing for SARS-CoV-2 that complies with the EU common specification does not require the separate CTDA approval from the MHRA
  • the requirement for the UK(NI) mark to be affixed if the conformity assessment for CE marking has been completed by a Notified Body established in the UK.
  • The provision for continued unfettered access for Northen Ireland traders to place devices on the GB market with no additional barriers providing the devices meet the requirements of the IVDR and are Qualifying Northern Ireland Goods.

So if you are either a manufacturer that sells into Northern Ireland or based in Northern Ireland, it is worth making sure that you fully understand the requirements set out in the above SI as it is now in effect and how they impact your organisation.

More details can be found at Regulation of devices in Northern Ireland – GOV.UK ( or you can reach out to us and we’d be happy to have a chat.