Clinical investigations with medical devices

Start of application of Regulation (EU) 2017/746 for in vitro diagnostic medical devices

As of 26.05.2022, Regulation (EU) 2017/746 for in vitro diagnostic medical devices ("IVDR") will apply, which also newly regulates performance studies of in vitro diagnostic medical devices. For this purpose, the BASG reporting form has been adapted accordingly. As of 26.05.2022, performance studies must therefore be submitted or reported to the BASG for approval using the updated form and in accordance with the requirements of the IVDR.

Ethics votes issued for these studies prior to 05/26/2022 will continue to be valid.

Ongoing performance studies under Directive 98/79/EC and applications already submitted may continue under the old regulations. Updating these forms as changes occur will continue to be possible. However, the creation of initial notifications according to Directive 98/79/EC will no longer be available as of 25.05.2022 for technical reasons.

Electronic submission via e-mail

Due to current events, all attachments should be submitted exclusively by e-mail to clinicaltrials@basg.gv.at. For details we refer to the BASG submission guidance.

New fee tariff since August 2022!

As of 01.08.2022, a new fee regulation of the BASG was put into force.

From this date new fees apply for

  • clinical investigations of medical devices according to Regulation (EU) 2017/745
  • performance studies of in-vitro diagnostics according to Regulation (EU) 2017/746
  • amendments of ongoing studies according to Directives 90/385/EEC and 93/42/EEC

The tariffs for academic clinical investigations of medical devices and performance evaluation studies of in-vitro diagnostics are thus no longer reduced! The same fees for initial and amendment applications apply as for commercial studies.

Please refer to the BASG fee schedule for the current fees.

Electronic Submission Form of the BASG

The electronic registration form is mandatory for a valid initial application a clinical investigation of a medical device according to Regulation (EU) 2017/745 or a performance study of an in vitro diagnostic according to Regulation (EU) 2017/746.

Enter application form.

General requirements for applications (technical validation)

The following situations will block the processing of an initial application or amendment and will result in an immediate e-mail response to the applicant that the procedure cannot be further processed.

This applies to clinical investigations and performance studies.

  • Missing or corrupted BASG application form (PDF and XML).
  • No final positive ethics vote available for the overall study.
  • clinical investigation plan, investigator’s brochure or patient information(s) are missing or do not comply with the versions in the final ethics committee opinion

A final positive ethics vote means that the Ethics Committee's evaluation of the dossier was completed and no further changes are requested. A preliminary ethics vote ("vorläufiges Ethikvotum") or a processing notice ("Bearbeitungsmitteling") does not count as a final ethics vote

Clinical investigations according to Regulation (EU) 2017/745 (MDR) or 2017/746 (IVDR)

Until updated guidance documents and forms are available, the national procedural rules described in the guidance documents for clinical investigations with medical devices shall also be applied for performance studies with in vitro diagnostics. Where legal rules of Regulation (EU) 2017/745 are referenced, the corresponding reference of Regulation (EU) 2017/746 shall be used.

If at least the documents above are available, a confirmation of receipt will be sent from the BASG system PHAROS to the applicant. Confirmations of receipt from the e-mail system do not apply here. From this date the BASG will confirm that the notification is valid or to send a deficiency letter within 10 days .

The applicant is then also granted a period of 10 days for correction or submission of documents. In justified cases an extension can be requested for up to 20 days. The deficiency letter will be sent as a formal hearing to the e-mail address provided by the applicant in the application form. Receipt should be confirmed within 2 working days. It is therefore essential that this contact information is correct and maintained.

Upon receipt of the requested or corrected documents, BASG will complete the validation within 5 days.

For clinical investigations according to Article 70 (7) a) MDR or 66 (7) a) IVDR the valid submission will then be confirmed (at the latest) and the study can be initiated. For clinical investigations according to Article 70 (7) b) MDR or Article 66 (7) b) IVDR, the 45-day period for the scientific and regulatory review begins thereafter.

If no response is received within the timelines of the Regulations or if the application cannot be completed, the application will be rejected.

Guidance documents and forms for clinical investigations/performance studies according to Regulation (EU) 2017/745 and 2017/746

Guidelines and forms for studies according to Directives 90/385/EEC, 93/42/EEC and 98/79/EC

Other BASG forms for studies according to the Austrian Medical Devices Act

Newsletter on clinical trial statistics according to MPG

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