The sponsor can use the German internet-based entry system at DIMDI to submit the applications for approval of a clinical investigation/performance evaluation for medical devices to the competent authority (BfArM or PEI), and for affirmative evaluation to the competent Ethics Committee.
The German Medical Devices Information System developed by DIMDI allows the sponsor to enter the data directly. Check routines support the correct entry of the data and thus guarantee a high degree of data quality. When the sponsor has forwarded the data, the competent authority (BfArM or PEI) and the Ethics Committee will be automatically informed per e-mail, and they will then process the applications and release them in the database. The competent federal state authorities responsible for the study sites will then be automatically informed per e-mail about the approved clinical investigation/performance evaluation. There is also an automatic e-mail response to the sponsor regarding the release of the data by the competent authority (BfArM or PEI) and the Ethics Committee.
Please note, that the entire Medical Devices Information System is in German language. You may use the following printed application form for clinical investigation for a translation of the required terms (see page 3):
The sponsor has to request access authorisation (user code) for the Medical Devices Information System through the DIMDI website. Click on the right on the link "apply for a user code". You will find a detailed guidance on the following site: User code application.
When the sponsor accesses the system for the first time and has filled out the "Erstanzeige Adresse" (initial notification address), the user code assigned by DIMDI will be linked with a special sponsor code (= notifier code). This automatic linking of user code and sponsor code ensures that the sponsor is only able to access and edit their own notifications.
The "Klinische Prüfungen" (clinical investigations) area of the Medical Devices Information System consists of three components:
Another option can be selected at any time through the navigation bar. After the sponsor has entered and forwarded the data, the system automatically informs the competent authority (BfArM or PEI) and Ethics Committee of the corresponding application per e-mail.
After verification of the application, the competent authority (BfArM or PEI) and Ethics Committee complete the data fields to their intent. They only have write access in these data fields. The approved applications will be released in the database. Following the daily updating of the database, the data is then available online in the user groups named in § 5 DIMDI-Verordnung. An automatic e-mail response is sent to the sponsor regarding the release of the data by the competent authority (BfArM or PEI) or Ethics Committee.
Address and contact information of the competent Ethics Committees according § 22 Medical Devices Act (MPG) are available under: