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MedTech Europe are conducting a survey for Europe based users of Near-Patient Testing devices (e.g. Medical Doctors, Physicians, Nursing staff, Operators, Pharmacy staff, Emergency Room staff, Ambulance staff) on the subject of electronic instructions for use (IFU) for Near-Patient Testing devices.

This survey will provide invaluable insights into the practice in the healthcare field in the EU.

Why are MedTech Europe running this survey? 

MedTech Europe aims to collect data from the healthcare field in Europe on the use of electronic IFU versus paper versions and any preferences regarding accessibility, ease of use, storage etc. Such data would give indications whether there is a support in the healthcare field for electronic IFU format for Near-Patient Testing devices. Currently, only IVD devices used in professional laboratories are eligible for the electronic format exclusively as per EU Regulation 2017/746.

Please note that this survey is focused on Near-Patient Testing devices (NPT) only, not Self-Testing devices. 

MedTech Europe are supporting electronic format for IFU for the following reasons:

  • Users can always access the most up to date information.
  • Eliminating paper IFU from each sales package would significantly reduce paper waste, the shipping weight of each product and the amount of Ethylene Oxide used.
  • Electronic format increases the availability of information contained in the IFU; they can be consulted anywhere. They are also easy to store, do not get lost or disposed of.
  • The electronic IFU are searchable and allow for user specific views which enhances both the quality of the information delivered and the time it takes to find specific sections.
  • Multiple language options are available as well as a possibility to enhance legibility by increasing size of the text, which makes the electronic format user friendly.

Who is the survey for (target respondents)? 

This survey should be filled in by users of Near-Patient Testing devices (e.g. Medical Doctors, Physicians, Nursing staff, Operators, Pharmacy staff, Emergency Room staff, Ambulance staff based in Europe).

Relevant BIVDA members who would like to take part in the survey are encouraged to provide their feedback using this link by 17 May.

 

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