Three Things You Should Know About Medical Device Regulation in Russia and CIS, June 2017


Dear Colleagues and Group Members,

This is a monthly update with my selection of highlights for June 2017 on medical device regulation changes across Russia and CIS:

 1. Ukraine Completely Switched to New Medical Device Approval System

1 July 2017 is the end of the transition period from the system of state registration of medical devices to the assessment of conformity with Ukrainian Technical Regulations No.753, No. 754 and No.755.
After this date, medical devices approved under the “old” procedure that were put onto the Ukrainian market before this date will be allowed for distribution without passing the conformity assessment procedure and without a conformity mark. According to new regulations, these products will be allowed to be on the market before the end of their shelf lives, but not for more than five years from the date of their introduction into circulation.

The new Ukrainian medical device approval system is currently very similar to the European medical device and In-Vitro Diagnostics (IVDs) approval process, however the CE mark itself does not entitle a product to be placed on the Ukrainian market without meeting the requirements of local technical regulations.

The new Ukrainian medical device conformity assessment procedure is defined depending on safety class. The most common ways of assessment today include audits of manufacturing sites or batch conformity assessments. Low-class medical devices are mostly self-declared.

Other important requirements of the new approval system include the mandatory appointment of authorised representatives of manufacturers in Ukraine and mandatory use of  Ukrainian language on the product labelling.

At the end of June 2017, the Ukrainian state register of medical devices contained 3764 approved devices, while the website of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health listed 13 accredited notification bodies for medical devices and eight notification bodies for IVDs.


2. Deadline for Price Registration for Implantable Devices in Russia
Another important date on the Russian regulatory landscape is 15 July 2017 – this deadline was set by Resolution 1517 (link in Russian) for manufacturers of implantable medical devices and their authorised representatives to submit documents to Roszdravnadzor, the Russian healthcare regulator, for the registration of maximum sale prices for implantable medical devices included in the list for the programme of state guarantees for free provision of medical care (link to the last version of the list in Russian). A list of documents for price registration is defined in Clause 4 of the price registration rules (link in Russian). According to these rules, with proper preparation of the documents, a decision on the price registration should be taken by the regulator within five business days. Meanwhile, in June 2017 the Russian regulator started publishing information about “average-weighted” prices agreed with the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS). Published prices were provided using a Russian nomenclature classification system.

3. Further Development of the Eurasian Medical Device Regulation Model

After the formal entry of documents at the second level of the Eurasian harmonised system for regulating the circulation of medical devices came into force in May 2017, this system continues to develop. Thus, in June 2017, the Eurasian Commission published drafts of a number of new third-level documents:

  • On the classifier of the types of adverse events associated with the use of medical devices (link in Russian)
  • On the classifier of kinds of documents of the registration dossier on a medical device (link in Russian)
  • On the nomenclature of medical devices (link in Russian)
  • On the Consultancy Committee on Medical Devices (link in Russian).

From today, documents are available as drafts, which remain under public discussion status until the end of July.



I would like to thank IMPROVE MEDICAL for providing updates on the development of Ukrainian medical device regulations. The IMPROVE MEDICAL conformity assessment body is based in Kyiv and performs conformity assessment with Ukrainian technical regulations for medical products.

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Three Things You Should Know about Medical Device Regulations in Russia and the Eurasian Union, May 2017



Dear colleagues and group members,


Here is May’s monthly newsletter, showing a selection of medical devices and regulatory highlights for Russia and the Eurasian Union.


  1. Developments in Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Medical Device Regulation

“On May 6, 2017, the main regulation acts of the EAEU, ensuring the functioning of the common markets for medicines and medicines, are coming into force” –this statement was made  by the Minister of the Eurasian Economic Commission, Valery Koreshkov, at the very beginning of May. Thus, ten days after the ratification of the protocol on Armenia’s accession by the Kyrgyz Republic, most of the ‘‘second level’’ documents regulating the circulation of medical devices in the single market of the Eurasian Economic Union came into operation. The thirteenth and last ‘‘second level’’ document on the requirements for the quality management system (QMS) has not yet been adopted or entered into force. However, this is not likely to be an obstacle to the launch of a single medical device market.

Later, on 24 May 2017, the Eurasian Commission published the first draft of “third-level” regulations – recommendations on a list of applicable standards to ensure compliance with essential principles of safety and efficacy of medical devices in the EAEU (link in Russian). The document contains a list of 43 standards (mostly Russian GOSTs and Belorussian STBs) which may be voluntarily used by manufacturers and testing laboratories of member states to demonstrate conformity with new Eurasian medical device regulations. The Eurasian Commission recommends that member states implement the list gradually, within six months from the day of its official publication.

In addition to this, Russian healthcare regulator Roszdravnadzor announced an upcoming one day seminar and webcast on the registration of medical devices in accordance with the changes in the legislation of the EAEC. This will take place in Moscow on 8 June 2017. The agenda of the seminar also covers topics relating to clinical trials, vigilance requirements and implementation quality management systems according to EAEU requirements.

  1. Medical Device Nomenclature in Kazakhstan

On 22 May 2017, the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan approved new nomenclature of medical devices harmonised with the Global Medical Device Nomenclature (GMDN) together with the Methodological Guidelines for the Formation and Maintenance of the Nomenclature of Medical Devices of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Nomenclature of medical devices may be used for registration, traceability, public procurement and post-registration control for medical devices. New medical device nomenclature is available online (link in Russian) and contains a list of medical devices, including their names, relevant codes and descriptions of their types, as well as classification characteristics used for search and classification.

  1. Russian Regulator Updates Checklist for Control Inspections

At the end of April 2017, Russian healthcare regulator Roszdravnadzor published its order #4043 (link in Russian) and updated the “list of regulations containing mandatory requirements, the observance of which is assessed in the course of state control”. The abovementioned list replaced the previous version published by the regulator in November 2016 (Order #12848). Section three of the published list is devoted to state control of medical devices and summarises the full list of applicable regulations which is assessed by Roszdravnadzor during audits and inspections of manufacturers of medical devices and medical facilities in Russia.



The objective of this blog is to clarify Russian and Eurasian regulations. Please post your comments and questions here or on the Russian medical device regulations LinkedIn group. You can also follow me on Twitter @MedDevRus.