|2. Scope of the clinical evaluation||See Section 7 and Appendix A3.|
Identification of devices covered by this clinical evaluation report, products, models, sizes, software versions, accessories, their proprietary names, code names assigned during device development. Name and address of the manufacturer.
Whether this clinical evaluation is submitted to the AIMDD as amended by directive 2007/47/EC, or to the MDD as amended by directive 2007/47/EC.
Concise physical and chemical description, including materials. Whether the device incorporated medicinal substances (already on the market or new), tissues, or blood products. Mechanical and physicochemical characteristics; others (such as sterile vs. non- sterile, radioactivity etc.); picture or drawing of the device.
Technologies used, whether the device is based on a new technology, a new clinical application of an existing technology, or the result of incremental change of an existing technology. Description of innovative aspects of the device.
Device group the device belongs to. How the device achieves its intended purpose. Positioning in relation to available treatment/ management/ diagnostic options.
Exact description of the intended purpose as described in the device’s IFU20, with exact medical indications (if applicable) and contraindications; claims made in available promotional materials. Name of disease or condition, clinical form, stage, severity, symptoms or aspects to be treated/ managed/ diagnosed, target patient population, target user group. Intended application of the device, single use/reusable, invasive/non invasive, implantable, duration of use or contact with the body, maximum number of repeat applications. Identification of organs, tissues or body fluids contacted by the device. Precautions.
Claims on clinical performance and clinical safety foreseen by the manufacturer.
Whether the device is already CE marked, whether it is on the market, since when, in what regions, history of the device, including date of past modifications with reasons and description, sales volumes.
Changes since the last report, whether the device has been modified, identification of new products, models, sizes, software, accessories, new intended purposes, new claims, new events related to the device with an impact on clinical evaluation. Identification of the sections of the clinical evaluation report that are concerned with the new information and have been modified.
|3. Clinical background, current knowledge, state of the art||See Sections 8-10 and Appendices A4-A5.|
Identification of medical fields concerned/ relevant medical conditions.
Brief summary and justification of the literature search strategy applied for retrieval of information on current knowledge/ the state of the art, including sources used, search questions, search terms, selection criteria applied to the output of the search, quality control measures, results, number and type of literature found to be pertinent. Appraisal criteria used.
Applicable standards and guidance documents.
Description, natural course and consequences of the medical conditions concerned. Whether there are different clinical forms, stages and severities of the conditions. Frequency in the general population, by age group, gender, ethnicity, familiar predispositions, genetic aspects.
Description of available therapeutic/ management/ diagnostic options, historical context and developments, summary of advantages and disadvantages of the different options, benefit/ risk profiles and limitations in relation to the different clinical forms, stages, and severities of the medical conditions and in relation to different target populations. Description of the benefits and risks (nature, extent, probability, duration, frequency), acceptability of undesirable side-effects and other risks (including the nature, severity, probability and duration of acceptable harm).
Hazards due to substances and technologies that could be relevant to the device under evaluation. The mechanisms of harm, clinical aspects of minimisation and management of side effects and other risks.
Types of users. Diverging opinions of professionals as to the use of the different medical options. Unmet medical needs.
4.2. Demonstration of equivalence (only when equivalence is claimed)
|See Appendix A1.Identification of the equivalent device and its manufacturer. Exact name, models, sizes, software versions, accessories, etc. Name of the manufacturer. Relationship to the device under evaluation (predecessor/ successor, others). Regulatory status. If the device is not CE-marked, justification for the use of the data.|
Comparison of clinical, biological and technical characteristics (see Appendix A1 for details). Justification of equivalence, description of relevant clinical, biological and technical characteristics that affect clinical properties of the device, differences between the intended purpose of the device under evaluation and the equivalent device (indications, contraindications, precautions, target patient groups, target users, mode of application, duration of use/ number of re-applications, others), type of device-body interaction. Choice, justification and validity of parameters and models for non-clinical determination of characteristics.
Identification of pre-clinical studies carried out and literature used, concise summaries of studies and literature (methods, results, conclusions of the authors), evaluation of the methodological quality of the study or document, the scientific validity of the information.
Comparative tabulations for the device under evaluation versus the equivalent device showing parameters relevant to the evaluation of the three characteristics. Comparative drawings or pictures of the device and the equivalent device showing the elements in contact with the body.
Identification of differences, evaluation if differences are expected or not to influence the clinical performance and clinical safety of the device, reasons for assumptions made.
Conclusions concerning equivalence. Whether the comparison carried out covers all products/ models/ sizes/ settings/ accessories and the entire intended purpose of the device under evaluation, or only certain products/ models/ sizes/ settings/ accessories, or selected aspects of the intended purpose, which ones.
Conclusions whether equivalence is demonstrated or not; if it is demonstrated, confirmation that the differences are not expected to affect the clinical performance and clinical safety of the device under evaluation; description of any limitations and gaps.