The European Commission has recently requested that its Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) provide an opinion on medical devices containing nanomaterials; in response the committee has issued 'a call for expression of interest for experts in this topic', and has invited parties that have information that could assist them to contact them.
The request form from the EC indicates that 'a proposal for a revision of the medical devices directives' is being prepared, and that this may 'include provisions on the risk classification, the labeling and the instruction for use of medical devices containing nanomaterials'. It also highlights a number of 'cases of alleged use of nanomaterials' in the field of medical devices, and states that the following categories will be evaluated:
- 'Non-invasive medical devices, e.g. devices coming into contact with the intact skin
- Invasive devices (surgical or not), e.g. woundcare materials, implantable medical devices, dental and bone fillings and cements, injectable nanomaterials'
Experienced experts are being sought from 'various scientific fields related to the safety of medical devices containing nanomaterials', and are asked to apply by 1 October 2012. The deadline for the submission of relevant information to the committee is 10 October 2012. Finally, the deadline for SCENIHR to submit its opinion to the EC has been set as March 2013.
Follow this link to read the call for information, and this link to read the call for experts. Alternatively follow this link to access the EC's request for an opinion on nanomaterials in medical devices from SCENIHR.