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Medical technology working group

Considering the unique issues affecting clinical trials on medical devices

The main focus of the medical technology working group is clinical trials and studies on medical devices in accordance with the German Medical Devices Act (MPG). The goal of the joint activities is to ensure the conformity and quality of clinical trials on medical devices in accordance with the German Medical Devices Act.

Checklists and guidelines are to be developed which take account of the unique issues facing clinical trials on medical devices:

  • No double blinding option
  • Invasiveness of the intervention
  • Consideration of benefit vs. harm
  • Rapid enhancement of the state of the art
  • Dependency on special user know-how, operational environment, etc.

Sub-issues are:

  • Support for usability tests in the context of evaluation trials
  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and InnoHTA
  • Trials in the context of telemedicine
  • Special trial requirements for the subject of "Plug&Play"
  • Integration of method approaches from the fields of clinical trial, usability and effectiveness trials
  • Trial requirements relating to complex product and treatment systems with medical devices
  • Consideration/development of registers within the trial context

In April 2008, the medical technology working group was officially approved by the Board of Directors following its constituent meeting. The group is now planning a study of the topics in preparation for projects on the key activities mentioned.

(Letzte Aktualisierung: 04.07.2017)




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Sebastian C. Semler

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Medical technology working group 2011

February 9, 2011 in Berlin

L.t.r.: Stefan Müller-Mielitz (Kompetenznetz Angeborene Herzfehler), Annika Ranke (UniTransferKlinik Lübeck), Dr. Uwe Behrens (KKS Charité), Anja Malenke (FUSION), Dr. Rainer Röhrig (GOLDnet), Dr. Hildegard Niemann (Begleitprojekt "Innovative Hilfen" am ZiG), Stephan Pöhlsen, Marcel W. Engel (SKELNET), Dr. Reinhard Vonthein (Kompetenznetz Multiple Sklerose), Dr. Raimund Mildner (FUSION), Dr. Johannes Drepper (TMF), Thomas Norgall (Fraunhofer IIS), Gunnar Nußbeck (UMG), Dr. Horst Frankenberger (FUSION), Johannes Dehm (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Biomedizinische Technik), Dr. Steffen Luntz (KKS Heidelberg), Mathias Freudigmann (TMF), Sebastian C. Semler (TMF), Dr. Silke Müller (DKFZ).


Medical technology working group 2010



Meeting in Berlin

1st row: (l.t.r.): S. C. Semler (TMF), T. Norgall (Fraunhofer AAL), Dr. S. Müller (DKFZ), Dr. C. Geßner (TMF), Dr. M. Seibert-Grafe (IZKS Mainz), M. Freudigmann (TMF), Dr. A. Zimolong (Synagon GmbH), Prof. Dr. H. Frankenberger (FUSION), Prof. Dr. O. Rienhoff (Universitätsmedizin Göttingen); 2nd row: G. Nußbeck (Universitätsmedizin Göttingen), A. Ranke (FUSION), I. Bruns (KKS-Netzwerk), A. Malenke (FUSION), Dr. R. Mildner (FUSION);
3. Reihe: S. Müller-Mielitz (Kompetenznetz AHF), Dr. D. Lühmann (FUSION), Dr. R. Vonthein (Universität Lübeck), Dr. P. Buch (Projektträger im DLR).

Medical technology working group 2008



Constitutional meeting on April 24, 2008 in Berlin

L.t.r.: M. Freudigmann (TMF), P. Buch (PT DLR), P. Neuhaus (KSL), A. Ziegler (Univ. Lübeck), R. Mildner (FUSION), A. Malenke (FUSION), S. Müller (KN AHF), D. Lühmann (Univ. Lübeck), W. Lauer (Orthomit), H. Frankenberger (AG Medizintechnik in Schleswig-Holstein e.V.), K. Becker (Orthomit), T. Norgall (Fraunhofer IIS), S.C. Semler (TMF), K. Lohmann (PT DLR), M. Kleemann (Klinik für Chirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein), A. Pollex-Krüger (TMF), J. Dehm (DGBMT).

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