Three Things You Should Know about Medical Device Regulations in Russia and the Eurasian Union, April 2019

Dear colleagues,

This is my usual selection of highlights on the changes made to the medical device regulations and trends across Russia and the Eurasian Union over the last month:

 

  1. Some updates on the Eurasian Medical Device Regulations

On 19 April 2019, the Eurasian Commission published Regulation No. 62 ‘On the classification of the areas of intended use for medical devices’ (link in Russian). This third-level regulation document provides a classification system for the intended use of the medical devices that should be used by the applicant in the preparation of documents for the registration dossier.

Earlier, on 3 April 2019, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) published a draft decision ‘On the rules for assessing and authorizing inspecting organizations to conduct QMS inspections.’ (Link in Russian)

According to the official comment in the published document, the EEC does not support the approach proposed earlier, whereby only government bodies can act as inspecting organisations. The proposed draft document contains the requirements and criteria for the QMS inspection organisations, a description of its accreditation procedure (45 days), as well as the subsequent scheduled and unscheduled government audits (at least once over a two-year period).

It should be recalled that on 16 March 2019, it was the end of the transition period which provided manufacturers with a delay in conducting QMS inspections for Eurasian registration.

 

 

  1. The Russian regulator announced a decrease in the number of registration refusals in 2018

On 26 April 2019, the Russian healthcare regulator, Roszdravnadzor, published a video with its annual report for the year 2018. It cites a 38% decrease in the number of registration rejections during last year when compared to the year 2017: 1342 new medical devices were approved and 398 registration applications were rejected in 2018.

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Screenshot from the Roszdravnadzor  annual report 2018 shows 38% decrease in number of medical device registration refusals compared to previous year : http://www.roszdravnadzor.ru/news/16631

 

In addition, the regulator announced its priorities for regulations concerning medical devices in 2019 as being: an introduction of the unified database of patients with implanted medical devices; the development of labelling approaches for medical devices; and the organisation and carrying out of activities to inspect the manufacturers of medical devices according to the Eurasian regulation model.

 

  1. Kazakhstan has amended the requirements for inspections

On 10 April 2019, the government of Kazakhstan published the order No. ДР DSM-26 ‘On Approval of the Rules for Inspection in the Sphere of Circulation of Medicinal Products, and Medical Equipment’ (Link in Russian). The document updates the previously established rules and requirements for conducting inspections of manufacturers of pharmaceutical products and medical devices in accordance with Kazakh legislation.

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Three Things You Should Know about Medical Device Regulations in Russia, March 2019:

Dear fellow colleagues,

 

This is my usual newsletter with a selection of updates regarding the medical device regulation landscape in Russia and the Eurasian Union for the last month.

 

  1. International Medical Device Regulators Forum in Moscow

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The 15th International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) and Open Stakeholders Forum were held from 19–21 March 2019 in Moscow. Here are some of the most important outcomes from the event:

The Russian healthcare regulator Roszdravnadzor reported about preparation at the conclusion of the Forum with regard to final versions of the following documents, which are “in process of implementation as part of the Russian regulation system”:

  • ‘Principles of labelling of medical devices, including medical devices for in vitro diagnostics’;
  • ‘Guidelines for the application of the system of unique identification of medical devices UDI’;
  • ‘Terminology of adverse events: terms, structure, codes; Appendix E, F’;
  • ‘Electronic registration for medical devices (IVD & non IVD)’;

On 20 March 2019 the IMDRF issued a final assembly and technical guide on building submissions using the IMDRF Table of Contents explaining how to build submissions using its table of contents structure.

Moreover, ahead of the Forum on 18th March 2019 the Global Medical Device Nomenclature (GMDN) Agency signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Commission to enable it to use the GMDN to support the improved identification and regulation within the Eurasian medical device regulatory system.

The next meeting of the IMDRF Leadership Committee is planned for 16–19 September 2019 in Yekaterinburg.

 

  1. Russia is Discussing a Potential New Regulatory Path for the Scientific Application of IVDs

On 27 February 2019, the Russian Ministry of Health published a draft federal law (link in Russian) suggesting a potential new regulatory path for some in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) in Russia.

Thus, according to the document, IVDs that are developed, manufactured and applied in the laboratories or medical organisations engaged in scientific activity, may be allowed for use without registration upon condition that special five-year permits are obtained by the said medical/scientific organisation and the IVD product is included in the special register after the assessment procedure (expertise).

The draft document also describes control measures and algorithms of safety monitoring for such IVDs and the requirements for the medical/scientific laboratories that apply such products.

It should be noted that the registration procedure for all IVDs in Russia was simplified in June 2018; however, even today it still remains quite a long and complex process.

 

  1. New Version of the List of Medical Devices with Reduced VAT

On 15 March 2019, the Russian Ministry of Health published a revised version of the draft amendments to the list of medical devices exempted from VAT (link in Russian).

It should be recalled, that a single list of medical devices with a reduced VAT rate was approved by the Russian government in the Resolution 1042 in September 2015; however, since January 2017, after the entry into force of the new Russian classification system some of the medical devices (for example, some cardiac pacemakers, computer tomography, electrocardiography, and pieces of ultrasound and laser equipment) on the list were changed into categories that in practice do not have tax preferences. The published draft with a new version of the list based on a new classification system contains new codes and is intended to remedy this situation.

Three Things You Should Know about Medical Device Regulations in Russia and the Eurasian Union in February 2019

Dear colleagues,

This is my short selection of highlights on medical device regulation changes and trends across Russia and the Eurasian Union for the last month:

 

  1. Medical Device Identification Requirement Initiative in Russia

The Russian law No. 488 (link in Russian), enforced in December 2018, gave the Russian government the right to approve the lists of goods subject to mandatory labelling/marking with additional means of identification. The objective of this initiative is to counteract the turnover of counterfeit products on the market.
Before 2019, the product labelling/marking initiative worked in experimental mode involving fur products (since 2016), medical drugs (since February 2017), and alcohol and tobacco products (since 2018). This year, Russia is also planning to gradually introduce the requirement of mandatory identification labelling/marking on other types of goods.

On 7 February 2019, the Russian medical device regulator Roszdravnadzor reported that the draft document on mandatory marking of medical devices has been prepared by the regulator and will be published in the near future. According to the regulator, the new requirements have been prepared ‘in line with the latest international requirements and on analogy with UDI’ in order to ensure traceability and to adequately identify medical devices through their distribution and use in Russia.


  1. Multiple Changes in Medical Device Regulations in
    Kyrgyzstan

On 14 February 2019, the decree No. 311 of the Government of Kyrgyzstan ‘On certain aspects related to the registration of medical devices’ (link in Russian) came into force and introduced multiple changes in the medical device regulation in the country.

Thus, new local medical device registration rules (link in Russian) were implemented. According to the new rules, the medical device registration process takes up to 90 days and consists of a two-step examination: analytical expertise (this step is not required for medical devices approved in the European Union, Australia, Canada, Japan and USA) and specialised expertise completed with manufacturing site inspections in some cases.

In addition to the new registration rules, the enforced decree No. 311 accepts that classification of medical devices, as well as technical, biocompatibility testing and clinical trials for local registration, are conducted according to enforced Eurasian regulations.

Kyrgyzstan is a full-fledged member of the Eurasian Economic Union since 2015.

  1. IMDRF Meeting in Moscow

The fifteenth meeting of the International Forum of Regulators of Medical Devices (IMDRF), chaired by the Russian Federation, will take place on 18-21 March 2019 in Moscow for delegates from the medical devices manufacturing industry, research institutions, federal executive authorities, state institutions, foreign and international regulatory organisations. The open stakeholders forum will be held on 19 March 2019, with an agenda and registration details available on the IMDRF website and on the official web page of the event.

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Three Things You Should Know about Medical Device Regulations in Russia and the Eurasian Union, January 2019

Dear colleagues,

This is a selection of the latest updates in medical device regulation across Russia and the Eurasian Union countries for January 2019.

  1. Eurasian regulations on quality management inspections

The regulation 106 with requirements for the quality management system (QMS) for manufacturers of medical devices for the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) registration procedure came into force in March 2018. However, until today the list of organisations conducting these inspections have not been officially published. At the beginning of 2019, we can see the development in the regulations on this subject.

Thus, on 11 January 2019, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) published a draft document ‘on the requirements for inspecting organisations with the authority to inspect manufacturers of medical devices’ (link in Russian).

Later, on 28 January 2018, two potential organisations appeared on this list: the Russian Ministry of Health published a draft document (link in Russian) suggesting that two Russian governmental bodies, Roszdravnadzor and Rosatom, perform QMS inspections of medical device manufacturers according to the EAEU requirements.

It should be also recalled that abovementioned regulation #106 set the end of the transition period and start of QMS inspections for the EAEU medical approval process as of March 2019.

  1. Some updates in local registration procedures for Russia and Belarus:

There were also some updates for local medical device regulation systems:

On 26 December 2018, the Russian medical device regulator Roszdravnadzor published ‘Methodological recommendations on the procedure for conducting an examination of the quality, efficacy and safety of medical products for state registration’ (link in Russian), approved by both expert organisations involved in the medical registration process. The document may be useful in understanding detailed requirements, national standards and templates of forms used for every step of the medical device examination process during registration in Russia.

Also, on 11 January 2019, the Ministry of Health of Belarus published a letter (link in Russian) clarifying timelines for the different steps of the medical device registration process, inspections and expertise in Belarus.

  1. Changes in tax regulations for medical devices in Russia and Kazakhstan 

On 19 January 2019, according to the law of the Republic of Kazakhstan №211, amendments to the tax code of Kazakhstan came into force, which exempted pharmaceutical products and medical devices from value added tax (VAT). In particular, medical devices, orthopaedic products and hearing equipment, as well as materials and components for their manufacture, are exempt from VAT according to the additionally approved list.

In parallel, on 17 January 2019, the Russian government published the draft regulation (list in Russian) on changes in the list of medical products (Resolution #1042) exempted from VAT. Compared to the current version, the new edition of the list is supplemented with multiple new medical devices classified with Russian OKPD-2 codes.

Russian and Eurasian Medical Device Regulatory Recap 2018

Dear colleagues,

In my December newsletter I would like to summarise all the major changes in medical device regulations and trends in Russia over the past year. So here are the top stories you should know in 2018 if you deal with medical devices in Russia.

  1. The development of the Eurasian medical device regulation model has been the most important topic for several years now.

    In March 2018, the last «second level» regulation, #106, of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) on the requirements for the quality management system (QMS) for manufacturers of medical devices for the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) registration procedure (link in Russian) came into force and was postponed for one year to allow for a transition period. These requirements were developed on the basis of international standard ISO 13485; however, the audits will be based on compliance with the requirements of the EAEU QMS regulation but not with the requirements of the ISO standard itself.

    Over the year 2018 the EEC released multiple «third level» medical device regulations:

    -Recommendations with criteria for interpreting whether or not a borderline product would be considered a medical device within EAEU regulations (link to the document in Russian).

    – Regulation #116 (link in Russian) provides definitions, algorithms, and criteria for the registration of the spare parts, elements, modifications, components, and consumable materials for medical devices in the EAEU.

    – Regulation #123 (link in Russian) provides criteria for inclusion (grouping) for registration for several modifications to a medical device in one certificate.

    – Methodical guidelines exist for medical device registration expertise for EAEU registration (link in Russian).

    – Regulation #25 concerns the criteria for classifying products as medical devices in the EAU (link in Russian).

    – Regulation #176 concerns the single register of organisations conducting testing/trials for medical devices for registration in the EAEU (link in Russian).

    – Regulation #177 provides a single database on the safety monitoring of medical devices in the EAEU (link in Russian).

    English translations of most Eurasian medical device documents are available on the official EEC website.

    In November 2018, the EEC announced that the first applications to register medical devices under the EAEU medical device system have been filed for review by the competent authorities in Kazakhstan and Russia.

    Over the last year there has been a great deal of discussion on the level of competency of the competent authorities and in the media about potential prolongation of the transition period for the EAEU medical device registration system. There is a draft document available for the end of the year 2018, but no official position has been released on this topic and the end of the transition period remains as 31 December 2021.

  2. Changes and initiatives in the local regulatory systems in Russia and Kazakstan occurred over the year 2018 in parallel with the development of the EAEU medical device system.

    – In June 2018, the Russian government released Resolution # 633 (link in Russian) and simplified the registration process for in-vitro diagnostics in Russia, implementing a one-step assessment process (instead of a two-step process, as previously followed) for all classes of IVDs, which has shortened the overall approval process for IVDs by up to several months.

    – Likewise, Resolution # 633 (link in Russian) implements improvements for the registration of medical devices with a pharmaceutical component (which was considered a significant roadblock in the approval of such medical devices in Russia) before.

    – Another important initiative for Russia (which has not been approved by the end of 2018) is to suggest an expansion of the list of cases when clinical trials involving human subjects are required for the approval of medical devices. The draft document published in May 2018 introduces a requirement for all medical devices  IIB and III classes to undergo mandatory clinical trials involving human subjects, which should be conducted in at least two medical organisations following a single clinical trials protocol.

    – In August 2018, the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan implemented multiple amendments to the rules for examining (expertise) medicines and medical devices.The published order, #347, (link in Russian) provides the updated requirements for the content of the registration dossier, samples for testing, the procedure for conducting the examination for the registration, and harmonising of the major part of the Kazakh and Eurasian algorithms and requirements for assessment.

  1. Russia chairs the IMDRF in 2019

In conclusion, it should be especially highlighted that in 2019 Russia will be the chairman of the IMDRF and the next two meetings of the IMDRF will be held in Russia: in March 2019 in Moscow and in September 2019 in Yekaterinburg.
The key topics for the meetings for the next year were highlighted as cybersecurity, premarket reviews, and personalised device regulatory pathways.

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This was the Russian medical device regulatory landscape in 2018.
I would like to thank everyone for following, supporting, and contributing to this blog, my non-commercial project to make Russian and Eurasian medical device regulations clearer for regulatory professionals worldwide.
I would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season!

See you in 2019; there are many exiting things to come.

Alexey Stepanov

Alexey@medicaldevicesinrussia.com

Three Things You Should Know about Medical Device Regulations in Russia and the Eurasian Union in November 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to my monthly review of updates on the medical device regulations landscape in Russia and the Eurasian Union for November 2018:

 

  1. First Registration Files for Eurasian Medical Device Registration Procedures and other Eurasian Medical Device Regulations Updates

“The first applications for registration under the Eurasian Economic Union (EAU) medical device system have been filed for review by competent authorities of Kazakhstan and Russia.” It was announced by the Deputy Director of the Technical Regulation and Accreditation Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) in Moscow at a conference organized on 15 November 2018 in Moscow by the medical device manufacturers association IMEDA together with the European Association MedTech Europe and EEC. During the same event it was announced that the unified information system for registration of medical devices  will be launched “in full mode” by the end of this year. Unreadiness of this system was, until now, considered as one of the main barriers to starting registration procedures for the harmonized market.

In addition, on 16 November 2018, the EEC published approved versions of several third-level documents:

  • Regulation # 25 – On criteria for classifying products as medical devices in the EAU (link in Russian);
  • Regulation #176 – On the single register of organizations conducting testing/trials of medical devices for registration in the EAU (link in Russian);
  • Regulation #177 – On the single database on safety monitoring of medical devices in the EAU ( link in Russian);

Earlier in November, the EEC published English translations of all second-level Eurasian medical device documents. The link is available on the official EEC website.

 

  1. Clarification on Valued Added Tax (VAT) for Medical Devices

On 2 November 2018, The Russian Ministry of Finance published a clarification letter (link in Russian) on exemption from VAT for the importation and sale of medical devices in the Russian Federation.

According to the letter, medical devices imported and sold in Russia are exempt from VAT if two conditions are met: the first is the presence of a registration certificate for the medical device, and the second is the inclusion of the product in the list of devices, approved by government resolution No. 1042 of 30 September 2015.

 

  1. Update of some Medical Device National Standards in Russia

 It is important and often critical to use the most updated version of the national standards for the preparation of the technical documentation, testing, and assessment of medical devices in Russia. Several GOST standards relevant for registration of medical devices in Russia will be updated within the next two months.

Thus, on 1 January 2019 the new versions of the following national standards will come into force:

  • Sterilization of health care products. Moist heat (Part 3). Guidance on the designation of a medical device to a product family and processing category for steam sterilization (link in Russian);
  • Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices. Guidance on the application of ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-2 (link in Russian);
  • Medical devices utilizing animal tissues and their derivatives (link in Russian);

On 1 February 2019 the following national standards will also come into force:

  • Medical electrical equipment. Part 2-49. Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of multi-functional patient monitoring equipment (link in Russian)

 

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Three Things You Should Know About Medical Device Regulations in Russia and the Eurasian Union, October 2018

Dear Colleagues,

This is my usual monthly review for October with a selection of the latest medical device regulation changes across Russia, the Eurasian Union, and other CIS countries.

 

  1. Updates on Eurasian Medical Device Harmonisation

 

Several interesting small updates happened in the development of Eurasian medical device harmonisation in October 2018:

 

  • At the beginning of October 2018, the competent authorities of Kazakhstan officially suggested to the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) to prolong until 2025 the transition deadline from local to the Eurasian medical device registration system (you may recall that current Eurasian regulations set this deadline as 2021). Experts from the EEC announced that the possibility of shifting the transition period is currently being discussed, however, a final decision on the deadline is not yet clear;
  • A very convenient update is the creation of a separate section on Eurasian medical device regulations on the website of the Eurasian Commission (link to the section). The section summarizes a list of Eurasian medical device regulations, a description of approval procedures according to medical device classification, registration documents checklists, a list of competent authorities and accredited laboratories, a database of registered medical devices, and safety monitoring for the Eurasian Union. Materials are currently provided in Russian;
  • Another October update is a draft of the methodical guidelines for medical device registration expertise for Eurasian registration, published (link in Russian) by the EEC. The document is intended to establish uniform approaches to the examination of medical devices and the unification of expert requirements across competent authorities of Eurasian member states for the assessment of the content of the registration dossier.

 

  1. Tightening of Responsibility for Online Medical Product Violations in Russia

In October 2018, the Russian Duma introduced a draft law (link in Russian) that stipulates a tightening of administrative and criminal responsibility for the circulation of counterfeit, poor-quality, and unregistered medicines and medical devices through the internet.

The responsibility for the distribution of falsified, poor-quality, and unregistered medical products was introduced in Russia in 2015, however, the bill emphasised the responsibility for the violations of the distribution of medical products via the internet.

The document meets the requirements of the international MEDICRIME Convention against counterfeit medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health, which was signed by Russia in 2011 and ratified in 2018.

  1. Possible Regulatory Exclusions for Certain Medical Devices in Ukraine

On 1st October 2018, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine published a draft regulation (link in Ukrainian) that suggested authorising the importation of medical devices and in vitro diagnostics that are necessary in cases of emergency, the implementation of international technical assistance programmes, and some other conditions without the need for established approval/conformity assessment procedures. The document suggests a simplified ten-day application procedure for getting authorisation for the importation of specific batches of medical devices which meet the above-mentioned criteria.