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Coronavirus: EMA gives positive opinion for Moderna vaccine

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a positive opinion for “COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna”, making it the second COVID-19 vaccine to be authorised for marketing in the European Union. This recommendation still has to be confirmed by the European Commission. Belgium has purchased the vaccine and will use it in its vaccination campaign.

Coronavirus – a new validation procedure for serological tests

In April 2020, the Belgian Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) and Sciensano set up an extraordinary validation procedure for serological tests for SARS-CoV-2. The procedure turned out to be effective during the initial phase of the pandemic. The situation being experienced by the manufacturers and distributors of these tests and by the clinical laboratories carrying out the tests has now returned to normal. This is why a staged return to the conventional way of working is now being implemented.

Coronavirus: third version of the Alternative Test Protocol (ATP) for surgical face masks

The FAMHP is keeping a close eye on the situation on the ground. Consequently, the Alternative Test Protocol (ATP) is being adapted. From now on, it will no longer be possible to sell surgical masks which do not comply with the ATP as comfort masks. One of the parameters has also been refined based on an evaluation of the new test results. Furthermore, masks that have been subject to the ATP must carry a warning on the packaging. The third version of the ATP is applicable from 04.06.2020.

Coronavirus: updated guidelines for verifying the compliance and suitability of surgical face masks

The FAMHP has issued guidelines for checking the compliance and suitability of surgical face masks during the COVID-19 crisis. The guidelines are intended for companies, institutions and authorities that order, sell or use these masks.

Coronavirus: how should tests be made available in Belgium?

Belgian manufacturers of COVID-19 tests for professional use and Belgian authorised representatives of foreign manufacturers must notify the FAMHP when placing their tests on the market. This notification does not constitute an offer of equipment to the Belgian state. Companies wishing to offer tests to the government must contact the FPS Public Health.

Coronavirus: new version of Alternative Test Protocol (ATP) for surgical face masks

An Alternative Test Protocol (ATP) has been developed for surgical face masks that do not have the necessary declarations, certificates and test reports. In the event of a positive result, this protocol still allows them to be used as a surgical mask or comfort mask. Test results are now also made public.

COVID-19: electronic files submission

Following the recommendations of the Belgian National Security Council regarding the coronavirus epidemic, the FAMHP encourages employees to work more from home. Therefore, we ask all our partners to submit their files to us electronically as much as possible.

Implants and certain invasive medical devices: as of June 3, 2019, the FAMHP takes over the RIZIV notification database.

Every company selling implants and certain invasive medical devices in Belgium must report the data for these in a notification database. The notification of these medical devices applies as a condition for reimbursement of the obligatory insurance for health care. From June 3, 2019 the notification of these medical devices in the database will occur via a new online application at the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP).

Survey of external satisfaction

The federal agency for medicines and health products (famhp) will soon launch a first satisfaction survey to assess the quality of its services and products. The results of this will be communicated at the end of 2013 and will be used to improve the delivery of FAMHP services.

Nouvelle législation relative aux dispositifs médicaux

Après l’arrêté royal (AR) du 21.01.2009 relatif aux dispositifs médicaux implantables actifs, c’est au tour de l’AR du 17.03.2009 concernant les dispositifs médicaux d’être publié au moniteur belge ce vendredi 27.03.2009.

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