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Document 52001PC0480

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 93/42/EEC, as amended by Directive 2000/70/EC, as regards medical devices incorporating stable derivates of human blood or human plasma

/* COM/2001/0480 final - COD 2001/0186 */

OJ C 304E , 30.10.2001, p. 334–334 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

52001PC0480

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 93/42/EEC, as amended by Directive 2000/70/EC, as regards medical devices incorporating stable derivates of human blood or human plasma /* COM/2001/0480 final - COD 2001/0186 */

Official Journal 304 E , 30/10/2001 P. 0334 - 0334


Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Council Directive 93/42/EEC, as amended by Directive 2000/70/EC, as regards medical devices incorporating stable derivates of human blood or human plasma

(presented by the Commission)

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

Legal framework and background

Directive 2000/70/EC amends Directive 93/42/EEC, by extending its scope to devices incorporating stable derivatives of human blood or human products.

After the approval of the Common Position by the relevant European Parliament Committee - that led to Directive 2000/70/EC -Member States drew the Commission's attention to the fact that there was a mistranscription in the wording as agreed by the Council.

The existence of this mistranscription was ascertained by the experts of all parties involved in its drafting: Council, Parliament, Commission. It was also accepted that the mistranscription might lead to confusion in interpreting the provisions of the Directive, and that the text should be clarified.

The introduction of an amendment for discussion in the plenary session of the European Parliament, envisaged at a certain stage, was abandoned since amendments would imply the opening of a new reading, under the co-decision procedure. This would have substantially delayed the approval of the Directive for which there was a pressing need and an agreement on substance.

The preferred solution, reached by consensus with the Presidency and the European Parliament's rapporteur, was for the Commission to introduce a proposition for a new Directive to the European Parliament and the Council, giving expression to what had effectively already been agreed.

In this framework the Commission proposes this new Directive, containing the required amendments to clarify the wording of Directive 2000/70/EC.

2001/0186 (COD)

Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Council Directive 93/42/EEC, as amended by Directive 2000/70/EC, as regards medical devices incorporating stable derivates of human blood or human plasma

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 95 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission [1],

[1] OJ C ..., ..., p. ...

Having regard to the opinion of the Economic and Social Committee [2],

[2] OJ C ..., ..., p. ...

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty,

Whereas:

(1) The Directive aims at amending Directive 93/42/EEC as amended by Directive 2000/70/EC, so as to include in its scope only devices which incorporate, as an integral part, substances derived from human blood or plasma. However, medical devices incorporating other substances derived from human tissues remain excluded from the scope of the said Directive.

(2) The essential aim of any rules governing the production, distribution or use of medical devices must be to safe-guard public Health.

(3) National provisions for the safety and health protection of patients, users and, where appropriate, other persons, with regard to the use of medical devices must be harmonised in order to guarantee free movement of such devices within the internal market.

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:

Article 1

Directive 93/42/EEC, as amended by Directive 2000/70/EC, is hereby amended as follows:

1. Article 1 shall be amended as follows

(a) in paragraph 5, point (c) shall be replaced by the following: medicinal products covered by Directive 65/65/EEC, including medicinal products derived from blood as covered by Directive 89/381/EEC.

(b) in paragraph 5, point (e) shall be replaced by the following: human blood, blood products, plasma or blood cells of human origin or to devices which incorporate at the time of placing on the market such blood products, plasma or cells, with the exception of devices referred to in Article 1(4a).

Article 2 Implementation, transitional provisions

1. Member States shall adopt and publish the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive before 13 December 2001. They shall immediately inform the Commission thereof.

Member States shall apply these measures with effect from 13 June 2002.

When Member States adopt these measures, they shall contain a reference to this Directive or shall be accompanied by such reference on the occasion of their official publication. The methods of making such reference shall be laid down by Member States.

2. Member States shall communicate to the Commission the text of the main provisions of domestic law which they adopt in the field governed by this Directive.

3. Member States shall take the necessary action to ensure that the notified bodies which are responsible pursuant to Article 16 of Directive 93/42/EEC for conformity assessment take account of all relevant information regarding the characteristics and performance of such devices incorporating stable derivatives of human blood or human plasma, including in particular the results of any tests and verification already carried out under the pre-existing national law, regulations or administrative provisions in respect of such devices.

4. During a period of five years following the entry into force of this Directive, Member States shall accept the placing on the market of such devices incorporating stable derivatives of human blood or human plasma which conform to the rules in force in their territory on the date on which this Directive enters into force. For a further period of two years, the said devices may be put into service.

Article 3

This Directive shall enter into force on the date of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities.

Article 4

This Directive is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels,

For the European Parliament For the Council

The President The President

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