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Does your device already has CE approval and do you need a Post-Market Study?

Goals of Post-Market studies are

  • market surveillance by means of Post-Market Clinical Follow-up (PMCF) studies
  • market release and introduction of your new device or technology
  • exploration and improvement of device acceptance
  • evaluate cost-benefit ratio for reimbursement
  • collection of long term experiences on real world patients

PMCF studies are part of the Post-Market Surveillance (PMS) of medical devices. A PMCF study can determine whether the safety and performance of your medical device are still valid, even years after market launch. Through PMCF, potential changes in device usage, and faults as well as weak traits of a device can be detected earlier and modified, leading thus to better, lower-risk products.

CERES supports customers to plan and conduct Post-Market studies for medical devices efficently.

According to MDR the manufacturer has to keep the clinical evaluation of the devices up-to-date. In particular, article 74 of the MDR addresses clinical investigations regarding medical devices bearing the CE marking. A Post-Market Clinical Follow-up study can fulfil this responsibility.

Clinical data should be collected according to the relevant guideline for PMCF, MEDDEV 2.12/2 rev2.

PMCF studies also serve to provide market surveillance and to monitor market acceptance.

If your device already has CE approval and you need to perform a clinical study within the intended use of the product, an approval from the competent authority (e.g. BfArM in Germany) may not be necessary.

In case your device does not have received CE approval at the time of the commencement of your trial, please learn more about our clinical trial services.

CERES offers the full range of services for clinical studies.
We can manage your PMCF study and help you with its planning and design. We offer consultation for eligibility and submission procedures. We can select your study sites, monitor your study, analyze the clinical data, and write the study reports. Thus, we can run your whole study or provide just the help you need to succeed.

CERES provides the following services:

Planning & Design
  • Composition of study-hypotheses, aims and endpoints
  • Evaluation of the adequate study-type with respect to
    size of the population, test-significance and duration of observation
  • Selection of population and planning of recruitment
  • Specification of suitable statistical reporting and analyses
  • Creation of the clinical investigation plan (CIP)
Study Management
  • Selection of study centers and clinical investigators
  • Study preparation and justification
  • Data management
  • Communication with ethics committees and authorities
  • Preparation and registration of documentation components and case report forms (CRF)
  • Data capturing and administration
  • Checking on plausibility, integrity and validity of data
  • Independent monitoring
  • Preparation of the data
  • Description of the sample
  • Tests on hypotheses and identification of parameters
  • Descriptive and explorative data analysis
  • Interpretation of the results
  • Evaluation with regard to performance and effectiveness
  • Monitoring reports
  • Interim reports
  • Final reports

CERES has extensive clinical experience with numerous medical devices, including drug-device combination trials.

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