When does stand-alone software qualify as a medical device in the European Union? The CJEU decision in SNITEM and what it implies for the next generation of medical devices

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This contribution analyses the first decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the qualification and regulation of stand-alone software as medical devices. Referring to the facts of the case and the applicable EU regulatory framework, the Court specifically found that prescription support software may constitute a medical device. This would even be the case where the software does not act directly in or on the human body. Yet, according to the CJEU it is necessary that the intended purpose falls within one or more of the 'medical purpose' categories of the regulatory definition of 'medical device'. The case has important implications, not only for specific legal debates. Together with the EU's new Medical Device Regulations and rapid technological progress it also signifies a paradigm shift with a rapidly increasing digitalization of the javascript:void(0);health and life sciences. This highlights the demand for continuous debates over the necessary evolution of the regulatory framework applying to the interface of medical AI and Big Data.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical Law Review
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)615-624
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Law - Software, Medical Device Regulation, Medical Device Directive, Medical devices, Healthcare, E-health, digital health, Algorithms, Apps

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