LRQA Strengthens Medical Devices Directives Team

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

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 orthopedic, spinal and dental devices.

LRQA is a leading notified body for CE Marking to the Medical Devices Directives (MDD) and In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) Medical Devices Directive helping organizations 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 directives’ Head of Notified Body for more than 10 years and is widely recognized for his expertise within the medical device industry.  In 2012, he was selected as an expert witness in the UK’s House of Commons Select Committee inquiry 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 and has a PhD in Medical Engineering, more than 10 years’ experience in orthopedic device research and product development and sits on three BSI standards development committees.  His significant skills in designing customized 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 orthopedic 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 vale 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.”