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Medical Devices

The medical device industry is broad and multi-faceted, with many exciting career opportunities available to those with the right skills. It is already one of the largest sectors within the global healthcare industry, and it’s still growing.
A ‘medical device’ is any product used to diagnose, treat or prevent medical conditions, or to improve quality of life for people with disabilities. Medical devices can take the form of instruments, machines or implants; this industry brings us everything from bandages and medical examination gloves to complex X-ray machines and artificial limbs.

Medical devices can be categorised into three classes: Class I, Class II and Class III. Each product is classed according to the risk that the medical device presents to the patient and also the level of regulation required to legally get the device to market.

Class I medical devices are the least regulated, with up to 95% of products in this category not subject to any regulatory controls. Class I includes medical devices such as bandages and stethoscopes – products that are simpler in design than Class II or III devices, and pose minimum danger to the user.

Class II medical devices make up the largest category. The majority of medical devices (including home pregnancy kits, nebulisers and X-ray machines) fall under Class II. Medical devices in this category are subject to tighter regulations than Class I devices.

Class III medical devices are high-risk products that could potentially harm the end user if not used properly. However, when administered correctly, some Class III products can be vital to the maintenance of life in individuals with life-threatening conditions. Devices in this category include replacement heart valves, implanted pacemakers and breast implants.

Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) is proud to provide specialist recruiting services for the medical devices industry.

Click here to browse career opportunities within the UK medical device industry.

Medical Device Careers

Here are some examples of careers that we recruit for within the medical devices industry:
Clinical Trials
Sales & Marketing

What are some examples of medical devices?

‘Medical devices’ is an umbrella term that can refer to virtually any item that is used as part of healthcare. Bandages, pacemakers, surgical gloves, thermometers, X-ray machines, prosthetic legs, syringes and MRI scanners are all examples of medical devices.

What are Class I, Class II and Class III medical devices?

Because ‘medical devices’ is a such wide-ranging category, it is standard practice within the medical device industry to sort products into three separate categories: Class I medical devices (common items like sticking plasters and stethoscopes), which pose little danger and are not subject to any special regulations; Class II medical devices (somewhat more complex items, such as catheters and blood pressure cuffs), which require a manufacturer’s declaration of safety and effectiveness; and Class III medical devices, which may pose significant risks if misused and are thus subject to strict regulatory controls.

What degree do I need for a medical devices career?

If you wish to pursue a career in the medical device industry, a science-related degree is preferable. Subjects like medicine, pharmacy and engineering are especially relevant to this sector. Alternatively, a business or marketing qualification will look good on your CV if you wish to become a sales rep for a medical device company.
Hyper Recruitment Solutions is proud to be a specialist in recruiting across the Medical Device industry. We employ recruitment experts across this field which include those who are educated in science and / or are members of key organisations such as the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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