With Decision 2019/1396 of September 10, 2019, the European Commission established methods and criteria for designation of expert panels in the field of medical devices under Regulations EU 2017/745 and 2017/746.   These expert panels shall provide scientific, technical and clinical assistance to, among others, manufacturers of medical devices and shall be consulted by notified bodies in the context of the conformity assessment of high-risk medical devices. The Decision identifies the areas in which panels will be designated, establishing that the appointment of the relevant members shall be made pursuant to objective criteria aimed at ensuring their high qualification and expertise. The Decision also provides that members of expert panels will act with independence, impartiality, objectivity, in the public interest, and observing applicable transparency and confidentiality rules. In particular, experts shall be appointed in their personal capacity, with no possibility to delegate their responsibilities, and shall ensure the absence of conflict of interest. Lastly, the Decision provides that experts shall be appointed for a term of three years, with the possibility of renewal, and that the relevant remuneration shall be EUR 450 for each full working day. The Decision was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on September 11, 2019 and entered into force on October 1, 2019.