European Regulatory Roundup, March 2021: More Tools Launched But Still Much Uncertainty At Two-Month Countdown Point
The last two months before the full application of the EU’s Medical Device Regulation should be a period of bedding down for the sector. Instead, key documents are still being produced and much uncertainty persists.
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