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Erik Vollebregt

Erik specialises in EU and national legal and regulatory issues relating to medical devices, including eHealth, mHealth, software and protection of personal data. He is an expert in life sciences regulation at EU and Dutch level, with a focus on contracts, regulatory litigation against competent authorities and M&A. Erik was initially trained as intellectual property and competition lawyer, starting his career at the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. He subsequently gained experience in contentious matters, commercial contracts, and transactional work at three large international law firms.

He actively contributes to law and policy development at national and EU level via membership of specialized committees at branch associations and the European Commission. Erik also works as arbitrator in medical devices related disputes and is regularly retained as expert witness in foreign litigation.

Erik worked and lived in Brussels and Stockholm for several years, and is fluent in Dutch, English, French, German, and Swedish.

Chambers Europe 2017 about Erik:

He is known for his specialism in regulatory work, which covers medical technology, devices and products as well as biotechnology. Clients confirm his strong capabilities, with one saying “he stands out to me. Whenever I work with lawyers he has been the best, with a solid scientific background. He has the perfect combination of skills and experience.”

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Erik's articles

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The MDCG guidance on significant changes – a significant change?

It’s hard to keep up with all the work and the new publications of guidance these days. Abundance creates its own problems one could say, so that’s why this blog was slightly delayed. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic I have had to home quarantine the family, move the whole law firm to a virtual platform […]

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The MDR and the Covid-19 recommendation – a possible template for fixing the MDR and IVDR bottleneck

What is this recommendation about? Obviously this recommendation is an attempt of the Commission to manage administative barriers to placing PPE (personal protective equipment) and medical devices on the market that would be needed in the struggle to get the current Covid-19 pandemic under control. In my view you can also see this as a […]

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New MDCG Class I Article 120 (3) and (4) MDR guidance – nothing new but nice summary of requirements

I have blogged before about the effects and possibilities of the Corrigendum of December 2019 for class I medical devices. I refer you to that blog for the background to this discussion, which covers the mechanics of timing. The draft corrigendum discussed in that blog was adopted as described.  The new guidance The MDCG has […]

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