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Erik Vollebregt

Erik specialises in EU and national legal and regulatory issues relating to medical devices, including eHealth, mHealth, software and protection of personal data. He is an expert in life sciences regulation at EU and Dutch level, with a focus on contracts, regulatory litigation against competent authorities and M&A. Erik was initially trained as intellectual property and competition lawyer, starting his career at the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. He subsequently gained experience in contentious matters, commercial contracts, and transactional work at three large international law firms.

He actively contributes to law and policy development at national and EU level via membership of specialized committees at branch associations and the European Commission. Erik also works as arbitrator in medical devices related disputes and is regularly retained as expert witness in foreign litigation.

Erik worked and lived in Brussels and Stockholm for several years, and is fluent in Dutch, English, French, German, and Swedish.

Chambers Europe 2017 about Erik:

He is known for his specialism in regulatory work, which covers medical technology, devices and products as well as biotechnology. Clients confirm his strong capabilities, with one saying “he stands out to me. Whenever I work with lawyers he has been the best, with a solid scientific background. He has the perfect combination of skills and experience.”

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The Blue Guide 2022 update – new elements regarding applicability of EU law on products

As announced in my previous blog post providing a general overview of my impression of the changes made in the Blue Guide 2022 compared to the previous 2016 version, this blog post follows up in detail on the changes in Chapter 2. Chapter 2 of the Blue Guide explains when EU law on products applies, […]

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The new Blue Guide 2022 – not much new for devices and IVDs, but certainly more confusion

In short After approximately six years after the previous (2016) version of the Blue Guide the 2022 version finally ‘dropped’ on 29 June 2022 in the Official Journal edition C edition of that day. I will discuss new and amended headings and subjects in the Blue Guide 2022 compared to the 2016 version in a […]

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Managing the 2024 MDR danger zone – and outlines of a potential solution in MDCG 2022-11

We live in interesting times for medical devices in the Union – some have said we are headed for a cliff edge at the end of the grace period. I would personally prefer to say that we are in the danger zone, which would be a zone of danger (Archer pun on Top Gun), but […]

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