Latvia & Lithuania progress towards alignment:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The texts of the trade agreements between Latvia and Lithuania and the European Union were published in the Official Journal of the European Communities on July 31. These trade agreements, known as Protocols to the European Agreements on European Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (PECAs), do not yet cover medical devices. But both countries making good progress towards aligning their laws and systems with the EU and the current PECA texts provide a basis for the swift inclusion of medical devices once alignment occurs. The agreement between Latvia and the EU covers electrical safety, electromagnetic compatibility, toys and construction products, while that between Lithuania and the EU covers machinery, lifts, personal protective equipment, electrical safety, electromedical compatibility, and simple pressure vessels.
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