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Adoption of the Commission decision on the qualification of cranberry products Published on: 22/02/2016, Last update: 30/05/2017

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On 19 May, the Regulatory Committee on Medical Devices voted in favour of the Commission decision on the qualification of cranberry products.

The Commission decision stated that the group of products whose principal intended action, depending on proanthocyanidins (PAC) present in cranberry extract, is to prevent or treat cystitis, are not medical devices within the meaning of Article 1 (2) (a) of the Medical Devices Directive.

The legal basis for this measure is Article 13 (1) (d) of the Medical Devices Directive (Council Directive 93/42/EEC of 14 June 1993 on medical devices). This Article allows the Commission to take a decision, at the request of an EU country, on whether a product or product group falls within the definition of a ‘medical device’ according to Article 1 (2) (d) of the Medical Devices Directive.

The formal adoption and publication of the decision are expected in summer.

More information

EMA - CHMP Scientific Opinion on proanthocyanidins

Draft Commission Decision

Medical Devices in the EU