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Commission relies on independent Scientific Committees
When preparing policy and proposals related to consumer safety, health and the environment, the Commission relies on independent Scientific Committees to provide it with sound scientific advice and draw its attention to new and emerging problems. The Scientific Committees can call on additional expertise from a reserve list and a database of experts.
The following two Scientific Committees started their work in April 2016:
- Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)
- Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER)
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)
The Committee provides Opinions on health and safety risks (chemical, biological, mechanical and other physical risks) of non-food consumer products (e.g. cosmetic products and their ingredients, toys, textiles, clothing, personal care and household products) and services (e.g. tattooing, artificial sun tanning).
Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER)
The SCHEER, on request of Commission services, provides Opinions on questions concerning health, environmental and emerging risks.
In particular, the Committee provides Opinions on questions concerning emerging or newly identified health and environmental risks and on broad, complex or multidisciplinary issues that require a comprehensive assessment of risks to consumer safety or public health and related issues not covered by other European Union risk assessment bodies.
The SCHEER shall also provide Opinions on risks related to pollutants in the environmental media and other biological and physical factors or changing physical conditions which may have a negative impact on health and the environment, for example in relation to air quality, water, waste and soil, as well as on life cycle environmental assessment.
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Single identification of the product: What will be possible with the new UDI system for Medical Devices?
In April 2013, the European Commission issued a recommendation concerning a common framework for a single identification system for medical devices in the EU. This was intended to lay the foundations for the EU's future identification and traceability infrastructure, in line with the latest developments worldwide.
Since then, the European Commission has promoted, through the publication of Article 26 of Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on Medical Devices, and Article 23 of Regulation (EU) 2017/746 on Medical Devices for In-Vitro Diagnostics, two essential initiatives aimed at providing coverage to the UDI system:
- The creation of the Medical Devices database Eudamed (whose name is an acronym for European Database on Medical Devices).
- The creation of the European Medical Device Nomenclature (EMDN) body, which provides support and facilitates the creation of the Eudamed database.
UDI: Identification that is primarily aimed at the safety of EU consumers
In short, the new Unique Device Identifier system – UDI will facilitate the traceability of medical devices. In parallel, post-market activities relating to product safety will also be stronger and will allow better monitoring by the competent authorities.
In addition, the European Commission, using EMDN, has created a FAQ document relating to the Unique Device Identifier – UDI. Read her now!
Unique Device Identifier (UDI) in Medical Devices
Click at the link to visit the European Commission’s Unique Device Identifier – UDI website, where you will find all the information about the European Medical Device Nomenclature (EMDN) initiative and Eudamed, the new European Medical Device'sDatabase.
This web portal, created by the European Commission, is a space that will allow you to know, at first hand, all the official information from the health authorities in the euro area and all the new developments in relation to the new Unique Device Identifier - UDI and its implementation process.