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Example Contents of a Technical File for the Medical Devices Regulations (2017/745)


1. Cover Page (Company, Product/Product Group, Document ID)

2. Index

3. EC declaration of conformity and classification.

4. Name and address of the Manufacturer/European Representative and Manufacturing Plants


5. Product description including:

  • All variants
  • Intended clinical use
  • Indications / contraindications
  • Operating instructions / instructions for use warnings / precautions
  • Photographs highlighting the product photographs highlighting the usage
  • Brochures, advertising, catalogue sheets, marketing claims


6. Product specification including:

  • Parts list
  • Drawings, assembly drawings
  • Sub-assembly drawings
  • Drawings of components
  • Specifications of materials used incl. data sheets
  • List of standards applied
  • Manufacturing specifications
  • Sterilisation specifications (if required)
  • Packaging specifications
  • QA specifications (QC specs., in-process controls etc.)
  • Labelling
  • Accompanying documents
  • Package insert
  • Instructions for Use
  • Service Manual


7. Product verification including:

  • Testing data and reports
  • Functionality studies
  • Wet lab or bench top testing
  • Materials certificates / reports on biological tests
  • EMC testing and certificates
  • Validation of the packaging / ageing studies
  • Compatibility studies (connection to other devices)
  • Risk analysis (ISO 14971)
  • List of requirements (Annex 1) indicating cross-reference with documentation
  • Clinical Data


Medical Devices Regulations

Technical File



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