Literature Review Research for EU MDR Clinical Evaluation Reports

The Dialog platform is the most comprehensive way to perform literature reviews for EU MDR Clinical Evaluation Reports.

Dialog features over 140 literature databases combined with advanced search functionality. This makes it an efficient platform for performing literature reviews for Clinical Evaluation Reports as required by the EU Medical Device Regulation.

Get in touch with us using the button below to see how we can help you deliver timely, accurate and comprehensive literature reviews for your EU MDR CERs.

Literature Reviews for Clinical Evaluation Reports with Dialog

EU MDR places stringent requirements on device manufacturers. One of the biggest challenges is the literature review element of your Clinical Evaluation Reports.

Whether it is the threat of missing a vital reference or your search not being sufficiently comprehensive, medical device manufacturers need to get it right.

The databases and search functionality in Dialog enable device manufacturers to create literature reviews for each of the different sections needed in a CER, including current knowledge, state of the art, clinical literature and post-marketing surveillance.

Dialog allows you to simultaneously search MEDLINE and other medical databases, using precision search tools. We can also help you create accurate PICO-based searches to ensure you don’t miss out on any clinical mentions of your devices.

Dialog provides all the relevant sources needed by medical device manufacturers to search for clinical data on their products. Look below at the reasons why Dialog should be your first choice for reviewing medical literature for your EU MDR Clinical Evaluation Reports.

Comprehensive content

A thorough literature review for a CER needs to look at more than just MEDLINE. With the Dialog platform you can search and access over 140 content databases, including MEDLINE, Embase, BIOSIS Previews and our Health Research Premium Collection.

But our content extends beyond biomedical sources, and means you can look at news, business, engineering and patent databases for mentions of your devices. In addition, all content is standardised to provide a consistent search experience, eliminating the need for complex post-processing.

Precision Search

Dialog delivers powerful search functionality across all databases on the platform, including an advanced search syntax (including Boolean and proximity operators and truncation), native XML output and the ability to save and manage searches. This allows device manufacturers to easily create and manage multiple complex literature searches for the different elements of their CERs.


Dialog includes a medical synonym feature that allows you to add synonyms for each of your search terms with a single click. For device manufacturers, it means you can be confident that your literature search strategies contain additional relevant terms for your device. The synonyms have been taken from a variety of sources and taxonomies, including Stedman’s Medical Dictionary and MeSH.

Powerful Data Collection

Full-Text Access

Dialog offers integration with Article Galaxy and other document delivery methods to make it quicker, cheaper and easier to access full-text versions of relevant articles for your Clinical Evaluation Reports. From Dialog you have one click access to Article Galaxy, giving you the option to rent or purchase the full-text version of the article you’ve found.

Fully Hosted

Saved Searches

Dialog allows you to create, save and edit the most complex search strategies. All of these can be sorted by name or date, making it easy to manage multiple literature review searches on a range of medical devices. In addition, you can create automated email notifications for each saved search, delivering new clinical data and publications on your devices as they become available on Dialog.


Our expert team can help you create comprehensive, PICO-based search strategies to perform literature reviews for the different sections of a CER, including current knowledge, state of the art, clinical literature and post-marketing surveillance.

Flexible pricing

We provide the most flexible pricing framework in the industry. No matter your budget or the number of devices you need to search for, we can create a tailored pricing package using a combination of our transactional and subscription pricing models.

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Webinar: EU MDR Literature Reviews: How to make them more comprehensive and efficient

There’s a little over half a year until the EU Medical Device Regulation comes into force. For anyone looking to sell a medical device in Europe, complying with the new Regulation will be essential.

But one of the biggest challenges is the need to maintain a Clinical Evaluation Report, for each device, that follows MEDDEV 2.7.1 revision 4 and complies with MDR 2017/745 . For device manufacturers, or medical writers tasked with creating these CERs, this can quickly become a burdensome task. Not only do they need to perform regularly literature reviews for the various sections of the CER, they need to ensure these literature reviews are done correctly and efficiently. That includes creating accurate search strategies, looking at enough literature to satisfy regulators, and doing all of this in a cost-effective and efficient way.

In our webinar, we’ll show you how you can make your CER literature reviews more efficient and comprehensive, helping you comply with the EU MDR. We’ll look at:

  • The Medical Device Regulation itself and what it says about how you should perform literature reviews
  • The importance of taking a broad approach to the sources of literature you look at
  • Examples of search strategies you can use for comprehensive literature reviews
  • How to ensure your literature searches are efficient, cost effective and MDR compliant

Sample of literature databases available through the Dialog platform:

Derwent Drug File

Derwent Drug File selectively covers the worldwide pharmaceutical literature. Papers chosen may cover the chemistry, analysis, pharmaceutics, pharmacology, metabolism, biochemistry, interactions,...

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Pharmaprojects is the complete drug intelligence service covering global drug research and development across all disease areas since 1980. It sets the standard for comprehensive intelligence about...

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Allied & Complementary Medicine

Allied & Complementary Medicine™ Database covers the fields of complementary or alternative medicine and allied health. Information is geared toward medical professionals, health practitioners...

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International Pharmaceutical Abstracts

International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA) provides comprehensive coverage of worldwide pharmacy literature. Such literature refers to articles on drugs and their properties, pharmacokinetics,...

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SciSearch: A Cited Reference Science Database is not only a large, multi-disciplinary, international bibliographic database covering 150 disciplines in science, technology and biomedicine, but also...

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We can help you deliver literature reviews for your EU Medical Device Regulation Clinical Evaluation Reports. From providing access to relevant databases to creating the search strategies from scratch, we’re here to help. Get in touch with us using the button below to discuss how we can help you deliver comprehensive and reliable literature reviews for your CERs.

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