In the ever-changing world of regulations and compliance, it is critical to stay ahead of the curve and be proactive. One such area that demands our attention is the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) Declaration of Application (DoA) extension. While it may be tempting to relax and delay the application process, it is important to be smart and counter-cyclical. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of being proactive and provide guidance on how to effectively navigate the upcoming deadlines.

The Urgency of the Situation

Upon learning about the extension of the MDR DoA, it's understandable to assume that more time is now available to prepare the necessary documents. However, this assumption is far from reality. The clock is ticking, and there is no time to waste. By May 25th, 2024, which is less than a year away, you must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to your chosen Notified Body. Just four months after that, the application must be mutually accepted and signed.

The Techfile Challenge

To successfully pass through the gate of regulatory compliance, you will need to provide a comprehensive Techfile that includes up to 80 different documents. Based on experience, the process may require several iterations before everything is in order. Given the complexity and potential hurdles, it is critical to start the application process without delay.

Avoiding the Last-Minute Rush

As the deadline approaches, the number of stragglers scrambling to meet the requirements will inevitably increase. By getting ahead of the curve and applying now, you can avoid the uncertainty and stress associated with being a last-minute applicant. Getting ahead of the curve not only increases your chances of a smooth approval process, but also allows ample time for any necessary revisions or clarifications.

Partnering with DQS

At DQS, we understand the challenges and intricacies of the MDR application process. Our dedicated team is ready to support you every step of the way. Whether you have questions regarding the application requirements, documentation, or any other aspect, we are here to provide expert guidance and assistance. By leveraging our knowledge and experience, you can navigate the MDR application process with confidence.


In the world of medical device regulation, being proactive and anti-cyclical is the key to success. The extension of the MDR DoA should not be seen as an invitation to postpone the application process. Instead, it should serve as a reminder to be smart and start now. By submitting your LOI and preparing a comprehensive Techfile, you will position yourself ahead of the competition and minimize uncertainty. Remember, the clock is ticking, but with the right support and timely action, you can meet the MDR requirements and achieve compliance. Contact the DQS team today and start your journey to MDR compliance.


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Michael Bothe

Michael Bothe is Head of the Notified Body for Active Medical Devices and is also a lead auditor. He is also involved in standardization at the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and the German Commission for Electrotechnical, Electronic & Information Technologies (DKE) and coordinates continuing education activities for customers. His interests include integrated audits as well as process optimization of conformity assessment procedures.