R&Q CER Virtual Workshop

Case studies and tips for EU MDR compliant CERs from two panels of leading experts. Get ready for the insight you've been waiting for! Event registration is free.

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Additional panelists to be announced.

Noon – 12:30pm
What’s R&Q seeing? A CER state of the union.
R&Q has been submitting EU MDR compliant CERs for several months now. This introductory workshop session will explain what we’ve seen from the industry at a high level, revisit some of the most pertinent regulations, and share how notified bodies have reacted thus far. Are products coming off the market? Have notified bodies been harder on manufacturers than expected? The intent of this session is to prepare attendees to get the most out of the panel discussions to follow.

– Jon Gimbel Ph.D., Executive Director and CER Business Unit Lead – R&Q

12:30 – 1:30pm
Q&A Panel: CERs

– Ibim Tariah Ph.D., Technical Director of Medical Devices – BSI
– Gregor Dzialas, Director of Regulatory Affairs – Fresenius
– Jon Gimbel Ph.D., Executive Director and CER Business Unit Lead – R&Q
– Ron Sills, Senior Principal Specialist – R&Q (former TUV)

1:30 – 2:00pm
Integrating CERs and Post-Market Surveillance
CEP, CER, PMS Plan, PMS Report, PSUR and SSCP: With a variety of new requirements detailed in EU MDR, integrating the clinical, regulatory, risk management, and post-market documentation is a difficult and confusing task for both small and large organizations. There are overlapping requirements and consistent information needs to be included in a variety of plans and reports. R&Q will briefly explain how the data inputs and outputs for these documents are interrelated and provide guidance on how to share information throughout the organization to streamline processes and ensure consistency.

– Brian Hockett, Project Engineer – R&Q

2:00 – 3:00pm
Q&A Panel: Integrating CERs and Post-Market Surveillance

– Ibim Tariah Ph.D., Technical Director of Medical Devices – BSI
– Ken Barry, Manager, Post-Market Surveillance – Stryker
– Jon Gimbel Ph.D., Executive Director and CER Business Unit Lead  R&Q

– Brian Hockett, Project Engineer  R&Q


Presenter and panelist biographies

Additional biographies to be added.

Ibim Tariah Ph.D., Technical Director of Medical Devices

Ibim_Tariah_SquareIbim Tariah PhD, Technical Director Medical Devices, BSI Group Americas Inc.. Dr. Ibim Tariah earned his PhD in Materials Science with emphasis on polymer science and technology from the University of Manchester, U.K. Dr. Tariah has over 30 years experience in the medical device industry in which he led global organizations in successful product development, project management and provided technical expertise in support of commercial efforts. In the years, since coming to BSI, Dr. Tariah has been providing expertise in innovative vascular, orthopaedic & dental and other long term implantable devices for clients needing technical documentation assessment and reviews in compliance with the Medical Device Directive (MDD) and development & delivery of specialized MDD training and customized MDR courses. Dr Tariah is also involved with the transition from MDD to the new EU Medical Devices Regulation [EU 2017/745] implementation.

His vast experience includes Regulatory knowledge of combination devices incorporating biologics, drugs and drug-biologics along with Quality Assessment of Medical Devices. He also acts as a liaison with Regulatory Authorities including MHRA (UK), European Medicines Agency (EMA), Medical Products Agency (Sweden).


Jon Gimbel, Ph.D. – Executive Director and CER Business Unit Lead
Regulatory & Quality Solutions (R&Q)

gimbel_square-minJon has worked in the biomedical and medical device area for nearly 20 years, acting as a key member in a medical device startup, a consultant to a wide variety of medical device companies, and as a researcher on both academic and industrial projects. Having a thorough understanding of the ever-changing global regulations, Jon leads R&Q’s CER business unit and has been successful implementing regulations at multinational medical device companies: delivering business-balanced solutions for their business-balanced demands. Jon oversees clinical evaluations completed by R&Q and helps ensure compliance to MEDDEV 2.7/1 Rev 4. Jon also works with companies to develop strategies and plans to meet the new EU MDR requirements pertaining to clinical evaluations and post-market activities. Jon holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and BioEngineering, and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Pennsylvania. Jon received his Bachelor’s degree in the same subject from Penn State University.


Ken Barry – Manager, Post-Market Surveillance

ken_barry_square-minKen has worked a Stryker for 12 years supporting Divisional Quality in both pre-market and post-market activities. He has served as the Divisional Process Owner for the Risk Management Process over the last two years, ensuring compliance to ISO 14971. Most recently, Ken has managed the post market monitoring team, where his teams have led activities related to safety signal detection and product trending. Additionally, Ken led the divisional process updates to the cumulative post market surveillance process for compliance to EU MDR.


Ron Sills – Senior Principal Specialist
Regulatory & Quality Solutions (R&Q) (former TUV Rheinland)

Ron_Sills_SquareRon recently joined R&Q after collaborating with us on panel discussions, roadshow events, and webinars while a Lead Auditor of TUV Rheinland. He has authorizations for ISO 13485, ISO 9001, MDD, IVDD, CMDCAS and MDSAP. He's also a subject matter expert on sterilization technologies and validation, hygiene and clean room certification, and biocompatibility. In the past Ron has developed clinical evaluation report services, as well as providing expert research services for clients in the medical devices, pharmaceutical, and life sciences industries. He has also worked for medical device companies, including ACMI and US Surgical (Medtronic) as a QA Manager and QMS Management Representative.


Brian Hockett – Project Engineer
Regulatory & Quality Solutions (R&Q)

Brian_Hockett_SquareBrian Hockett is a Project Engineer at Regulatory & Quality Solutions (R&Q). Brian is a skilled medical device professional with experience in design, development, risk management, regulatory submissions, and quality management systems. He has worked in both startups and large medical device organizations, and has been a key member of corporate integration and remediation teams. Brian has helped lead quality system updates and implementation for ISO certification, FDA and notified body audit preparation and defense, as well as directed design and development efforts, and design quality assurance projects.

Brian currently works with companies to develop strategies and plans to meet the new EU MDR requirements for their technical documentation, post-market surveillance, and QMS. Brian has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.