About Alexey Stepanov

Medical Device Regulatory and Quality Professional based in Russia.

Three Things You Should Know About Medical Device Regulations in Russia – August 2019

Dear Colleagues,

August was rather quiet in Russia and the Eurasian countries in terms of new medical device regulations released. Nevertheless, for those of you interested in the field, here is the usual selection of my monthly highlights:

 

  1. Extension of the List of Medical Devices with 0% VAT in Russia

On 19 August 2019 the Russian government published resolution no. 1054 (Link in Russian) and extended the list of medical devices which are not subject to VAT.
It should be recalled that the list was launched in 2015; however, since January 2017, when a new OKPD2 (ОКПД-2) classification came into force in Russia, a significant number of new codes for medical devices, such as certain surgical instruments, computer tomography, certain diagnostic devices, X-ray and ultrasound machines, and electro-diagnostic and scintigraphic devices, were missing from the list. As implemented by Russian tax regulations, the VAT for these products was changed from 0% to 18%. This has led to difficulties with their importation and tax/customs clearance for their distributors and manufacturers.
The updated list uses a new classification system and includes more than 90 new (OKPD-2) codes for medical devices previously missing codes. It also provides VAT preferences for ‘old’ (OKP) codes for medical devices registered before 2017.

 

  1. IMDRF Meeting in Yekaterinburg

In 2019 Russia is the official chair of the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF). The sixteenth IMDRF meeting and Open Stakeholders Forum will be held from 16-19 September 2019 in Yekaterinburg. The meeting’s key topic has been announced as artificial intelligence in healthcare and the meeting will address regulatory and standardisation activities for medical devices based on artificial intelligence. A detailed agenda is published on the official webpage of the event. Registration is open until 9 September 2019.
It should also be noted that the Russian healthcare regulator Roszdravnadzor announced an internal IVD working group meeting taking place from 20-22 August 2019 within the framework of the IMDRF forum.
The previous IMDRF meeting took place in Moscow in March 2019.

  1. Update on Notification Requirements on the Start of Activities in the Medical Device Domain

On 9 August 2019 the Russian Ministry of Health enforced Order 3239 (link in Russian) with a new edition of the regulation on notifications on the start of activities in the field of circulation of medical devices. According to the enforced document, any legal entity involved in medical device circulation in Russia must notify healthcare regulators prior to the start of activities. The requirement is not new, but a new edition of the regulations harmonised it with other regulations and allows for the submitting of notifications to any territorial body of Roszdravnadzor in Russia.

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

 

Dear Colleagues,

This is my usual selection of highlights and recent changes in medical device regulations in Russia:

  1. Some Updates in Medical Device Registration and Clinical Trial Requirements in Russia

On 4 July 2019 the Russian Ministry of Health enforced order no. 239N (link in Russian). This updated certain requirements for pre-registration clinical trials (update of order no. 2N), requirements for the content of the technical file and instruction for registration of a medical device (update of order no. 11N). The main updates implemented in the published document are:

  • The clarification of and uniform requirements for documents confirming the quality of the pharmaceutical component of drug-containing medical devices.
    The first amendments of registration rules (regulation no. 1416) to simplify the registration of drug-containing medical devices in Russia were made in June 2018; later in 2018 Roszdravnadzor clarified requirements for confirming the quality of the pharmaceutical component. However, until July 2019 these registration rules were not harmonised with other Russian medical device regulations (order no. 2N and order no. 11Nr). The order no. 239 seems to finally resolve these discrepancies.
  • Henceforth, it is permitted to conduct clinical trials for registration in Russia where a certain type of capital medical equipment is on-site in other countries in ‘organizations where a medical device is located/installed and is approved for use/application’. The possibility of on-site clinical trials is not new, however, previous revisions of order no. 2N permitted clinical trials to be performed ‘during inspection on the place of the manufacturing of a medical device’.
  1. Russia Launches the List of Medical Devices Containing Ethyl Alcohol

On 2 July 2019 the Russian government enforced resolution no. 774 (link in Russian), which approved the rules for the formation of the list of alcohol-containing medical devices. Medical products included in this list are excluded from general alcohol regulations in Russia i.e the Federal law 171 “On state regulation of the production and circulation of ethyl alcohol, alcoholic and alcohol-containing products and on limiting the consumption (drinking) of alcoholic beverages”. The released resolution provides the criteria for inclusion on the list (based on a product’s intended use, the form of the container or package and the product retail price) along with a list of documents  for application for inclusion. Russian healthcare regulator Roszdravnadzor is responsible for the list’s inclusion procedure and has clarified the rules for applications — which should be received <annually> by the regulator between 1 January – 30 June.

  1. Russia: New Administrative Provision on Medical Device Registration

On 26 July 2019 the Russian Ministry of Health published order no. 3371 (link in Russian) – with a new version of the administrative provision of Russian medical device regulator Roszdravnadzor – on the procedure for the registration of medical devices in Russia. Simultaneously, the previous version of the same document (the Ministry of Health order no. 737) was annulled.

Administrative provision on the procedure for the registration of medical devices is a regulation that establishes the following: the terms and sequence of administrative procedures of the regulator during the approval process, the procedure for interaction between its structural divisions and the interaction between applicants/manufacturers and other government bodies. The new version of administrative provision does not contain critical changes but it is aligned with the last changes of the registration rules and other medical device regulations.

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Three Things You Should Know About Medical Device Regulations in Russia and the Eurasian Union – June 2019

 

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to my usual monthly review containing the most important medical device regulation changes across Russia and the Eurasian Union over the past month:

  1. New Restrictions on State Procurements for Certain Medical Devices in Russia

On 26 June 2019, the Russian government published Resolution # №813 (link in Russian) and extended the list “of certain types of medical devices originating from foreign countries subject to restrictions for state and municipal procurements in Russian Federation”. 

The state procurement of medical devices included in the list, according to the Resolution #102 introduced in 2015, will be closed to foreign manufacturers if at least two bids on medical devices from local manufacturers (Russia, Kazakhstan or Belarus) were submitted for tender.

Above-mentioned Resolution # №813 has added 14 new types of device to the restriction list including ventilation devices, gamma-therapeutic radiation complex, ultrasound devices, certain types of endoprosthesis, external fixation devices, medical beds, intraocular lenses, intraocular tonometry, micro sources with iodine-125, certain adhesive dressings and surgical materials, medical devices for storage and transporting biological samples, air sterilisers and dry air thermostats.

According to the published document, analogs of each of these products are currently produced in Russia in sufficient volume by at least two local companies. The decision was taken with the aim of supporting the development and production of these products in Russia.

The new revision of the list is available in Russian.

  1. Russian Ministry of Health Clarified Trademark Requirements for Medical Device Registration 

The requirement to provide confirmation of the legitimate use of the Russian trademark for registration of a a medical device is a relatively new requirement, which was introduced by the Resolution 633 in June 2018 and raised a lot of questions and confusion across registration applicants over the last year.

Thus, according to the petition initiated by Russian medical device registration consulting company Medrelis and 28 medical device companies submitted to the Russian Ministry of Health in May 2019, over the past year the interpretation of trademark legitimacy by Russian health care regulator Roszdravnadzor was often controversial and led to additional difficulties in the registration procedure and an increased amount of registration rejections.

On June 2019, the Russian ministry of health, for the first time since the enforcement of the new trademark requirements, clarified (the letter kindly provided by Medrelis) that Roszdravnadzor, to prevent the circulation of counterfeit medical devices, may compare (verify) information provided <for registration of a medical device> by the manufacturer or the authorised representative of the manufacturer (s) with information received, inter alia, as “interdepartmental information interaction” (which means that missing documents confirming trademark legitimacy in the registration file may not be a reason for the registration rejection or additional requests to the applicant from the regulator).

  1. Multiple Updates of Regulations for Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan continues to release multiple updates to local medical device and pharmaceutical regulations started earlier this year. Thus, for the past months the following regulations have been released in new revisions: 

  • On 02 May 2019 – the order KR-DCM 53 (Link In Russian) updating the rules of wholesale and retail sales of medicines and medical devices.
  • On 27 May 2019 – Order KR-DCM-88 (Link in Russian) updating pharmacovigilance requirements for pharmaceuticals and rules for safety monitoring of medical devices; 
  • On 7 June 2019 –the Order KR – DCM 82 (Link in Russian) updating requirement rules for assessing the safety and quality of medicines and medical devices registered in Kazakhstan;
  • On 9 June 2019 – the Order KR – DCM 87 (Link in Russian) updating rules of state registration, re-registration and amendments of the registration dossier for pharmaceutical products and medical devices.

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

 

Dear Colleagues,

In my regular post, let me share information on the main developments and changes of medical device regulations in the Russian and Eurasian regions over the past month:

  1. Development of Medical Device Registration and Inspection Regulations in Kazakhstan

Last month, several updates regarding registration expertise and inspection requirements in Kazakhstan were enforced:

On 15 May 2019, a new edition of the Order of the Minister of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 736 ‘on approval of the rules for examination of medicinal products and medical devices’ (Link in Russian) came into effect.

Earlier, on 7 May 2019, the Kazak Ministry of Health enforced another amendment to the Order No. 743 ‘on approval of the rules for assessing production conditions and the quality assurance system for the state registration of medicinal products, medical products and medical equipment’, which came into force (Link in Russian) and updated the criteria for when an inspection is required for the registration of medical devices and pharmaceutical.

Thus, the Kazak regulator clarified that according to amended regulations, the criteria for the inspection of the registration of medical devices in Kazakhstan is required for registering sterile 2A, 2B and 3 class devices in case a manufacturer has never registered or supplied products in Kazakhstan before.

  1. Update on Eurasian Medical Device Regulations

On 21 May 2019, the Eurasian Economic Commission published Recommendation No. 14 (link in Russian) on ‘the methodological recommendations for the expertise of safety, quality and efficiency of medical products for the purpose of their registration within the Eurasian Economic Union’. This is the third-level document intended to ensure the unification of the requirements for the content of evidence materials submitted for registration expertise across Eurasian member states.

Also, potential prolongation of the transition period until 2026 was announced by the Eurasian commission during the annual regulatory conference FarMedObrashenie in Moscow as one of the possible measures. However, up until today, no official regulations/drafts on this matter have been published (to be recalled that for today, the end of the transition period is set as the end of 2021).

In the same conference, the representative from the Eurasian commission confirmed that four registration files for medical devices are currently under review by the Eurasian competent authorities.

  1. Voluntary Experiment on the Identification Measures for Wheelchairs in Russia

The initiative for additional marking for identifying medical devices has been discussed since the beginning of 2019 and is one of the priorities for  the Russian healthcare regulator as a measure of ensuring traceability and counteract the turnover of counterfeit products on the market.

One of the first steps of this initiative was published by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade at the end of April 2019 as the draft resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation “on conducting an experiment on labelling with means of identification and monitoring the circulation of certain types of technical means of rehabilitation (wheelchairs classified as medical devices)” – link to the document in Russian.

According to the published document, an experiment on marking with additional means of the identification of certain types of wheelchairs  will be launched in Russia from 1 June 2019 to 1 June 2021.

Participation in the experiment is to be on a voluntary basis, but it is assumed that the pilot project will determine the feasibility of introducing mandatory and additional identification labelling in the future.

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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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