Russian and Eurasian Regulatory Roundup of 2020

Russian and Eurasian Regulatory Roundup of 2020

Dear Colleagues,

2021 is approaching, and in my usual December post, let me look back and summarise the highlights and major updates on medical device regulations in Russia and the Eurasian Union in the year 2020.

  1. Eurasian Medical Device Regulation Highlights 2020:

A year ago, on 31 December 2019, the Russian healthcare regulator Roszdravnadzor announced that the first medical device was approved under the Eurasian medical device regulations. The first Eurasian registration certificate was issued for a 2A class neonatal phototherapy lamp that was manufactured in Russia.

By the end of December 2020, there have been four medical devices (in-vitro devices) mentioned in the Eurasian database – all of these manufactured by Russian manufacturers. In the same database, we can also notice over 30 files submitted for Eurasian registration between 2019 and 2020 (with a significantly high rejection rate and a review time of over 350 days).

One of the key challenges for manufacturers (especially during the time of travel restrictions imposed during the pandemic) has been the necessity for carrying out an inspection of a manufacturing site to ensure compliance with quality management system (QMS) requirements (in accordance with the Eurasian Regulation #106). This compliance, as per regulations, is a mandatory step for approval of any medical device belonging to classes IIA and III. However, in September 2020, Roszdravnadzor announced that the first QMS inspection was carried out on the first medical device and that its approval was provided by complying with the Eurasian medical device registration procedure. Roszdravnadzor also announced that it carried out manufacturing inspection of two manufacturing sites located in Russia.

Most of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd level Eurasian regulations, nowadays, are released and approved by the Eurasian Commission. Some of the regulations that were updated over the course of 2020 include the amendment to the rules of registration and examination of medical devices (link in Russian), draft of a regulation on technical testing requirements (link in Russian), draft regulations on amendments to the criteria for classifying products as medical devices (link to the draft document in Russian).

According to Decision #142 (published in September 2019), the end of the transition period for submissions, according to local regulations of the Eurasian member states, as of today, still remains 31 December 2021.

  1. Russian Medical Device Regulation Highlights 2020:
  1. Response to COVID-19 – Russian and Eurasian Medical Device Regulations:

In the year 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed the Russian healthcare system (which has been the case with other countries too). In response to the pandemic, Russian Ministry of Health introduced certain new regulatory measures and approval pathways related to medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics:

  • On 18 March 2020, the Russian government released Resolution #299 (link in Russian) followed by methodical guidelines (link in Russian) and opened a simplified registration route for 36 types of class I protective medical devices, including surgical or protective face masks, respirators, medical protective clothing, surgical suits, medical gloves, overshoes, etc. The official timeline for taking a decision on registration of products that are included in the list is within five days upon receipt of the registration file, on the condition that the manufacturer provides documents confirming the safety and quality parameters of these devices (testing and trial reports) within five months of the approval date. By the end of the year, the regulator announced that the initial registration of 1342 medical devices that were approved through the accelerated and simplified registration route were withdrawn since the required documents were not provided within the established deadlines.
  • On 6 April 2020, the Russian government released Resolution #430 (link in Russian) followed by guidelines (link in Russian)  and introduces simplified accelerated registration process for temporary approval of particular batches of 108 types of medical devices and IVD products included in the list (this list was extended to 363 types of products )that were intended for emergency usage in the prevention and treatment of coronavirus infection.
  • The temporary registration certificate (validity of which was prolonged until the end of 2021) of the product included in the list may be granted by Roszdravnadzor (within three business days) after carrying out testing through the special accelerated program).
  • By the end of December 2020, there will be over 300 registration records (for particular bathes) holding a temporary registration certificate in the Russian registration database.
  • Additionally, since April 2020, the regulator has allowed to sell imported disposable medical products included in the list (and not registered in the Russian Federation) on the condition that these products are registered in the specified manner outlined by the manufacturing country.


    I would like to thank all of my subscribers and readers for showing your continuous interest and feedback  in my posts and updates. I wish you a wonderful holiday season! All the very best for the year 2021!

Three Things You Should Know about Medical Device Regulations in Russia and Eurasian Union, November 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Here is my usual selection of highlights to keep you in the loop regarding updates in Russian and Eurasian medical device regulations for the last month.

  1. Prolongation of the Simplified Medical Device Approval Process in Russia

On 13 November 2020, the Russian government released Resolution #1826  (Link in Russian) extending the validity of the simplified batch-by-batch approval process for medical devices and IVD products intended for emergency use in the prevention and treatment of coronavirus infection introduced in April 2020, for one year (i.e. until the end of 2021).

The published resolution can also extend the validity of licenses that were issued according to this simplified procedure, for particular batches of the products. However, this extension will require the procedure of the administrative replacement.

As of today, the simplified batch-by-batch approval process is valid for 363 types of medical devices, including some IVD assays and laboratory consumables, artificial ventilation machines and breathing circuits, connectors and valves for mechanical ventilation, pulse oximeters, patient monitors, medical furniture, protective masks and other medical devices and protective equipment. There are 278 registration certificates that were issued through this process.

2. Updated Procedure for Safety Monitoring of Medical Devices in Russia

On 2 November 2020, the Russian Ministry of Health published the Order #980n on the approval of the procedure of the safety monitoring for medical devices (link in Russian).
The regulation, that replaced the previous obsolete order cancelled in July 2020, comes into force on 1 January 2021 and will be applicable for medical devices approved according to Russian local procedure until 1 January 2027.

The Russian medical device regulation, requires licence holders to perform safety monitoring  by collecting information ‘on adverse effects not specified in the operating manual of the medical device, adverse reactions during its use, the peculiarities of the interaction of medical devices with each other, facts and circumstances that pose a threat to the life and health of citizens and medical workers during their use and operation.’

According to the document, the Russian medical device regulator may receive the information on adverse events from the reporting of manufacturers of medical devices, as well as by monitoring the post-market surveillance databases of regulatory agencies of other jurisdictions or control measures performed by the regulator.

Based on the information received during safety monitoring, the regulator may initiate additional control measures or request a plan of corrective action from the manufacturer.

3. Eurasian Criteria for Classifying Products as Medical Devices

On 24 November 2020, the Eurasian Commission published draft regulations on amendments to the criteria for classifying products as medical devices within the Eurasian Economic Union.  (link to the draft document in Russian)

The document proposes changes to existing criteria, issued in 2018 in Regulation #25, in order to eliminate differences in the requirements for classifying products as medical devices between the  Eurasian regulations and local regulations of the member states.
Most of proposed changes relate to standardising criteria for medical software with recently updated Russian requirements and some protective equipment.

The draft document is open for public discussion until 25 January 2021.


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