CLASSICA - Regulatory and legal aspects of an AI-based medical device

CLASSICA is an EU-Horizon-funded project that evaluates an AI-based clinical decision support tool for cancer surgeons through clinical validation as well as investigation of regulatory and legal aspects.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer type globally and the second most common cause of cancer death, leading to almost one million deaths annually. CLASSICA builds on breakthrough research in AI analysis that allows excellent detection of cancerous tissue. In CLASSICA, we transform a research prototype for such detection of colorectal cancer into a real-time tool for surgeons. A consortium of researchers are working in parallel to make this transformation.

The University of Copenhagen and PennState Law in the US are in charge of the regulatory and legal aspects of CLASSICA. We will investigate:

  • The regulatory landscape pertaining to data privacy, AI regulation, and medical devices.
  • Bias and how to mitigate bias in AI-assisted surgery.
  • Liability in AI-assisted surgery (including comparison between the US and EU).

For more information on CLASSICA, please see the project website:














Internal researchers

Name Title Image
Corrales Compagnucci, Marcelo Associate Professor Billede af Corrales Compagnucci, Marcelo
Minssen, Timo Head of Centre, Professor Billede af Minssen, Timo
Wested, Jakob Associate Professor Billede af Wested, Jakob

External researchers

The project involves 11 partners from 9 countries across Europe, with expertise in in colorectal cancer, precision surgery, AI and technology, biomedical law and ethics, surgical training, and surgical guidelines.

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CLASSICA is a 4-year project supported by EU-Horizon funds.

Validating AI in Classifying Cancer in Real-Time Surgery
(Grant 101057321)

Period: 2022-2026

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the Health and Digital Executive Agency. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.


Timo MinssenPI Director of centre, professor
Timo Minssen

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