LRQA Strengthens Medical Devices Directives Team

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New appointments underpin LRQA’s commitment to delivering best in class assurance services to medical device sector.

LRQA's technical knowledge and experience will add considerable value to the many clients that we serve

Leading professional services organisation LRQA continues to expand their medical device directives expertise with the recent appointments of John Howlett as Medical Devices Technical Manager and Dr Matt Royle as Technical Specialist for orthopaedics, spinal and dental devices.

LRQA is a leading notified body for CE Marking to the Medical Devices Directive (MDD) and In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) Medical Devices Directive helping organisations to ensure their devices consistently meet regulatory requirements. LRQA has established an in-depth knowledge and understanding of certification within the medical device sector since 1994.

John Howlett joins LRQA after a long career at BSI where he was the medical device directives’ Head of Notified Body for more than 10 years and is widely recognised for his expertise within the medical devices industry. In 2012, he was selected as an expert witness in the UK’s House of Commons Select Committee enquiry into the regulation of medical implants in the EU and UK. John has also participated in a wide range of European and UK medical device committees and has been actively involved in the review and implementation of the medical device directives and associated guidance documents.

Dr Matt Royle joined LRQA earlier this year. Matt has a PhD in Medical Engineering, more than 10 years’ experience in orthopaedic device research and product development and sits on three BSI standards development committees. His significant skills in designing bespoke pre-clinical testing (for design verification and validation) and his proficient use of risk management associated with implantable medical devices and surgical instruments, make him an asset to LRQA’s orthopaedic and dental device clients.

Both John and Matt will be based in LRQA’s new global headquarters in Birmingham and report to Martin Penver, LRQA’s Head of Notified Body who said: “These are high profile new appointments that come at a time of growth for the medical devices unit within LRQA. Their collective technical knowledge and experience will add considerable value to the many clients that we serve within the medical device arena and in parallel, will enable us to increase our service offering through their specialist areas of expertise.”

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About LR Management Systems (LRQA)
LRQA is a member of the Lloyd’s Register group. LRQA is a leading independent provider of assurance services including assessment, certification, validation, verification and training across a broad spectrum of standards, schemes and customised assurance programmes.

About Lloyd’s Register (LR)
Lloyd’s Register (LR) is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. Founded in 1760 as a marine classification society, LR now operates across many industry sectors, with over 9,000 employees in 78 countries.

Lloyd’s Register has a long-standing reputation for integrity, impartiality and technical excellence. Our compliance, risk and technical consultancy services give clients confidence that their assets and businesses are safe, sustainable and dependable. Through its global technology centres and research network, Lloyd’s Register is at the forefront of understanding the application of new science and technology to future-proof its clients’ businesses.

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