The European Commission Approves to Postpone the MDR Application Date by One Year

Posted on May 13, 2020

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European Commission has approved to postpone by one year the date of application of the Medical Devices Regulation (EU) 2017/745 to allow the Member States, health institutions, and economic operators to prioritize the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The European Parliament postponed the enforcement date of the regulation (EU) 2017/745 (now (EU) 2020/561) on Medical Devices from 26 May 2020 to 26 May 2021.

The European Medical Device Regulation (MDR) is a new regulation that regulates the production and distribution of medical devices in Europe, and compliance with the regulation is mandatory for medical device companies that want to sell their products in the European marketplace.

The manufacturers of medical devices take prime responsibility for getting their products CE-marked for the European market. Now, they need to...

Innovative Ideas Help Fight the Spread of Coronavirus (Part 2)

Posted on May 11, 2020

Innovative Ideas Help Fight the Spread of Coronavirus

A large number of initiatives have risen to the occasion, encompassing schemes that support startups, developers that propose technical solutions, and requests for institutions to share their data with the scientific community. These are some examples of products which have been adopted by innovative ideas to help fight Coronavirus:

Innovative Ideas Help Fight the Spread of Coronavirus (Part 1)

13- ROKID: Rokid pitches COVID-19 detection glasses Rokid’s T1 thermal glasses use an infrared sensor to detect the temperatures of up to 200 people within two minutes from as far as three meters. The devices carry a Qualcomm CPU, 12-megapixel camera, and offer...

Proposed Additional Restricted Substances for RoHS

Posted on May 6, 2020

On April 20, 2018, Oeko-Institut launched a stakeholder consultation on seven substances being evaluated to review and amend the list of restricted substances in RoHS Annex II under the project (Pack 15)

The substances under review include:

Cobalt Salts Nickel Sulphate and Nickel Sulfamate Indium Phosphide Beryllium and beryllium oxide Medium Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (MCCP) Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBP-A) Diantimony Trioxide (ATO)

The final stakeholder meeting (webinar) for the Pack 15 project was held on the 27 April 2020.

The followings are the summary of the discussions.

1- Cobalt Salts The study confirmed that all five substances (Cobalt dichloride, cobalt sulfate, cobalt dinitrate, cobalt carbonate, and cobalt diacetate) are process chemicals and so will not occur in electrical equipment....

COVID-19 Impacts on Component Pricing and Lead Time

Posted on Apr 29, 2020

Covid19 impacts on pricing and lead time
COVID-19 Data Analytics

As COVID-19 impacts develop, the ability to understand and analyze the available data has become more and more crucial to many industries. Every minute, new data is released all around the world, growing in volume, variety, veracity, and velocity.

Data analytics professionals standardize, organize, and synthesize massive amounts of information to find insights, identify relevant patterns, tell a story, and make informed predictions. In these uncertain times, not only can the tool evaluate the effectiveness of public health strategies and tactics, but data analytics can also be used to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak and supply chain impact. In this analysis, we are going to answer questions related to component pricing and lead time, and discover critical trends in today's industry.

The SiliconExpert analytics team did a...

Innovative Ideas Help Fight the Spread of Coronavirus (Part 1)

Posted on Apr 23, 2020

Innovations to help fight COVID-19

Innovation is not only a new idea, a creative thought, or new imagination, but also an application for better solutions, devices, or methods that meet unarticulated needs, or market demands. Crises generate a lot of energy that, if harnessed constructively, can be a great source of innovation.

The COVID-19 outbreak is not an exception. During this unprecedented event, there are a lot of innovative ideas generated in response to the situation. In the last few weeks, the international community has called on the innovation ecosystem to band together in a coordinated fight against the coronavirus pandemic. A large number of initiatives have risen to the occasion, encompassing schemes that support startups, developers that propose technical solutions, and requests for institutions to share their data with the scientific community. These projects share a single goal: to...

ECHA to Support EU-wide Action against COVID-19

Posted on Apr 15, 2020

ECHA to support EU-wide action against COVID-19

On Mar 20, 2020, The European Chemicals Agency "ECHA" has published ECHA will, together with the European Commission, support Member States and industry in addressing disinfectant shortages.

The Agency will also extend some of its deadlines to help chemical companies. ECHA is taking measures to support EU action to fight the pandemic caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Deadlines for certain processes will also be handled flexibly, including the payment of invoices. For certain...

Coronavirus Impacts on The Global Manufacturers Due to Countries Lockdown

Posted on Apr 15, 2020

Coronavirus Impacts on The Global Manufacturers Due to Countries Lockdown

As the Coronavirus continues to spread, some countries are putting their citizens on lockdown. China, Hong Kong, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, United States, Malaysia, and the Philippines have implemented the world’s largest and most restrictive mass quarantines. More than 120,000 people have died and over 1,900,000 have been confirmed to be infected by the Coronavirus worldwide as of April 13, 2020.

Wuhan, China, has been locked down for more than six weeks, and many other cities still face travel restrictions. Factories across the U.S., Asia and Europe have cut output and jobs at the fastest pace since the global crisis began. This is a sign that the global economy has entered a deep freeze as governments lock down their populations to contain the novel Coronavirus and minimize mortality. The novel Coronavirus is laying bare a...