Medical Devices SIG


Medical Devices Special Interest Group (MD SIG)



Beatrix Doerr


Committee Members:

Raquel Billiones

Jane Edwards

Claudia Frumento

Gillian Pritchard


SIG Supporting Members:

Diarmuid De Faoite

Helen Frampton

Iain Colquhoun


The objectives of the MD SIG are:


  • to provide a forum for EMWA members to discuss and share information in the area of medical devices and in vitro devices.

  • to ensure focus is given to this rapidly evolving medical communication speciality.

  • to support the implementation of the new EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR 2017/45) and the In Vitro Device Regulation (IVDR 2017/746).

  • to act as a resource and support group for medical communicators interested in getting into this field.

  • to increase the educational offerings of EMWA relevant to this field.

Activities in 2019:

Following the 2018 Symposium in Barcelona, the Medical Devices SIG has received requests to continue building up EMWA’s offerings focused on medical devices. We are happy to announce the following medical device-related events at the 48th EMWA Conference in Vienna in May this year:

Expert Seminar Series (ESS) on Medical Devices on Friday, 10 May 2019, 9:00 to 12:15, covering the following topics:

  • Drug-device combination products: regulations and documentation, by Beat U Steffen (confinis)
  • Medical device approval in Europe, US and Japan: similarities and differences, by Myriam Stieler (Biotronik)
  • Clinical evaluation, PMS/PMCF - requirements for plans and reports requirements with impact on medical writing, by Susanne Gerbl-Rieger (TÜV Süd)
  • Panel discussion

Workshops given as part of the EPDP Medical Device track:

* Writing Clinical Evaluation Reports (New, Advanced), Wednesday 8:45 to 12:15, by Claudia Frumento

* Literature Reviews for Medical Devices (Advanced), Wednesday 13.30 to 17:00, by Gillian Pritchard

* Going from Pharma to Medical Devices: Transferrable Medical Writing Skills (Foundation), Thursday 13:30 to 17:00, by Gillian Pritchard and Raquel Billiones

You are welcome to join the Medical Device SIG meeting on Friday, 12:30 to 13:15.

Activities in 2018:






We would like to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Contact us: (Raquel) or (Bea)