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.

 

 

 

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

Dear Colleagues,

Here is my monthly newsletter with the most important regulatory updates on medical devices in Russia and the Eurasian Union for August 2018.

1. Potential Changes in the Eurasian Medical Device Transition Period for certain group of devices

On 6 August 2018, the Eurasian Commission published a draft regulation (link in Russian) that suggests prolongation of the validity of the medical device registration certificates of Eurasian member states for certain group of devices after the end of the Eurasian transition period.
According to Article 11 of the Agreement on the Uniform Principles and Rules Governing Market Circulation of Medical Devices within the Eurasian Economic Union (signed on 23 December 2014 and enforced on 12 February 2016), registration certificates issued by member states prior to the date of enforcement of the agreement are valid no later than the end of the transition period set as 31 December 2021.
The published draft proposes that medical devices registered by Eurasian member states after the date of the enforcement of the Agreement may be in circulation in that member state until the expiration date of the registration documents.
Thus, in case of approval, this document will allow the Eurasian registration deadline of 31 December 2021 for medical devices registered in Russia and other member states after 12 February 2016 to be disregarded.

2. Memorandum of Understanding on Medical Device Nomenclature

Another interesting update on the development of Eurasian medical device regulations is the draft memorandum (link in Russian) of understanding between the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) and the Global Medical Device Nomenclature Agency (GMDN), published by the EEC on 21 August 2018. This document publicises the collaboration and exchange of information between the two agencies with the objective of harmonisation and actualisation of Eurasian and GMDN nomenclature.
You will recall that several regulations on Eurasian medical device nomenclature classification have already been adopted and enforced: Eurasian regulation #177 (link in Russian), adopted in 2015, and Eurasian regulation #46 (link in Russian), adopted in April 2018.

3. Update on the Russian Standard for Medical Device Ethylene Oxide Sterilisation Requirements 

On 1 September 2018, the new version of the Russian national standard GOST ISO 11135-2017 ‘Sterilisation of health-care products. Ethylene oxide. Requirements for the development, validation and routine control of a sterilisation process for medical devices’ (Link in Russian) will replace the old version (GOST ISO 11135-2012). The new version of the GOST standard is  identical to the international EN ISO 11135:2014 and sets out how to ensure that medical devices are sterilised effectively, using an ethylene oxide sterilisation process. The new version of the Russian standard should be considered during pre-registration testing, and files submitted for registration after the date of enforcement.

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

 

Dear colleagues,

This is a monthly update with my selection of highlights on medical device regulation changes and trends across Russia and the Eurasian Union.

1. The Eurasian Union: New Third-level Regulations Adopted

On 24 July 2018, the Eurasian Commission adopted and released two new third-level documents entailing Eurasian medical device regulations:

  • Regulation #116 (link in Russian) provides definitions, algorithms, and criteria for the registration of the spare parts, elements, modifications, components, and consumable materials of medical devices in the Eurasian Union;
  • Regulation #123 (link in Russian) provides criteria for inclusion (grouping) for registration for several modifications to a medical device in one certificate. The suggested criteria (e.g. dimension types, group specifications, or same analytes for in-vitro diagnostics) are applicable on the condition that the modifications to the medical device have the same safety/risk and Eurasian nomenclature classifications.

In addition to the documents released in May 2018 and September 2017, so far, six third-level Eurasian medical device regulations have been adopted overall.

2. Russia: Extension of the Restriction List (Draft)

On 24 July 2018, the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade published a draft regulation (link in Russian) proposing a further expansion of the list that imposes restrictions on state purchases of medical devices from foreign manufacturers in favour of domestic manufacturers, according to Resolution #102. The published document proposed including six new types of medical devices in the restriction list: medical functional beds, concentrates for haemodialysis, tonometers for intraocular pressure, air sterilizers, dry air thermostats, and otorinoscopes.
Resolution #102 was introduced in February 2015 as a measure to support the “import replacement” programme and to promote the development of the domestic manufacturing of medical devices; since this time, the restriction list has been extended several times, in 2016 and 2017.

3. Russia: Updating Medical Device Inspection Checklists (Draft)

On 6 July 2018, the Russian medical device regulator Roszdavnadzor published a draft document (link in Russian) with amendments to the content of the check-lists used for routine inspections of medical devices manufacturers by the regulatory agency. The published draft document proposed removing from the checklist several questions concerning the use of the Russian language on external labelling and instructions for the use of the medical devices. Amendments to this document are due, given that Decree No. 1037 regulating the language requirements for non-food products in Russia was repealed in March 2018.
However, the removal of the questions about the Russian language from the check-list does not mean the repeal of the requirement for the use of Russian on external labelling and instructions for use for medical devices in Russia, which is currently regulated by other Russian and Eurasian documents.

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

 

Dear fellow colleagues,

This is a monthly update with a selection of the latest news on medical device regulation changes across Russia and the Eurasian Union for June 2018.

  1.       Russia: Simplification of the Registration of IVD Products and Other Multiple Changes in Medical Device Registration Rules

During the first few days of June 2018, the Russian government released resolution # 633 (link in Russian) and enforced the long-awaited multiple changes in the Russian medical device registration rules.

The enforced changes have a most significant impact on the procedure for the registration of IVD products. Henceforward, all classes of IVDs pass through a one-step assessment process (instead of a two-step assessment process, as previously followed), eliminating several months of the assessment phase in obtaining authorisation for clinical trials. From now on, mandatory local clinical trials for diagnostics may be conducted in parallel with technical assessment before submission to the Russian competent authority, Roszdravnadzor. This may, hopefully, shorten the overall challenging approval process for IVDs in Russia by up to several months.

Another significant change affects the registration of medical devices with a pharmaceutical component. The resolution released replaced the requirement for the mandatory registration of the drug component as a pharmaceutical substance in Russia (which was considered a significant roadblock in the approval of such medical devices in Russia) by a new requirement to provide confirmation of the quality of the drug component according to the regulations in the country of its origin.

The enforced changes will also affect the procedure for registration renewals (amendments of the registration certificates and amendments of documents of the registration dossier), introducing classification of the registration renewals depending on the product/design changes.

Some other minor changes in the registration procedure and timelines overall were aimed at simplifying the IVD and medical device  approval process and making registration requirements similar to upcoming Eurasian medical device registration rules.

2.       Eurasian Economic Union: Updated Criteria for Borderline Products

On 22 June 2018, the Eurasian commission published an updated version of the draft of recommendations with criteria for interpreting whether or not a borderline product would be considered a medical device within the terms of Eurasian medical device regulations (link to the document in Russian).

The document provides guidance for how to classify products as medical devices, in-vitro devices, cosmetic/toiletry products, disinfectants, general purpose products, assistive/rehabilitation products, products for sports or leisure, personal protective equipment, medical software, medical packaging, physiotherapy devices, medical furniture, medicinal products and medical devices with a drug component and some other products depending on their intended use.
These criteria can be used in the preparation of documents for the registration of medical devices and also in the examination of the effectiveness of medical devices in accordance with these rules.

3. Kazakhstan: New List of Medical Products Exempt from VAT

On 15 June 2018, the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan, according to its resolution #124, enforced the new list of medical products (pharmaceutical products and medical devices) for which the selling and importing are exempt from value added tax (VAT).
The new list is available online (link in Russian).

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Three Things You Should Know about Medical Device Regulations, April 2018

Dear Colleagues,

This is an update for April with a selection of the latest news on medical device regulation changes across Russia and the Eurasian Union countries.

  1. Statistics on Medical Devices in Russia in 2017

At the beginning of April 2018, Russian medical device regulator Roszdravnadzor announced statistics and published a detailed report on approvals of medical devices and post-market control for 2017. It detailed about 1403 new medical devices approved in the last year. It should be noted that, compared to previous years, this amount showed a decrease for the first time since 2014.
The published report (link in Russian) also mentions a significant increase of registration rejections in the last year (647 rejections in 2017 against 477 in 2016), caused, according to the regula

tor, by “among other factors, enforcement of Order 11N on requirements on technical file and instruction for use for registration” in March 2017.

Roszdravnadzor also reports positive decisions to amend 3548 registration certificates and 570 registration dossiers in 2017. The total number of files submitted to the agency by medical

device companies was reported as 5262.
Regarding post-market control, the regulator reports about 5124 inspections and 827 examinations (expertises) of medical devices approved on the market which in 89.5 % cases revealed non-conformities of the examined medical devices with current Russian regulations.89,5.png

  1. Price Regulations for State Procurements of Medical Devices in Kazakhstan

At the end of March 2018, the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan enforced Order #112 (link in Russian) and updated requirements on the registration of prices for medicines and medical devices for state procurements within the guaranteed free medical care. According to the document, medicines and medical devices may be purchased at prices not exceeding those established by the competent authority. The requirement is applicable for purchases by government institutions within the guaranteed free medical care or using health insurance funds.
Updated rules and guidelines for price and mark-up registrations have been published previously (link in Russian). Prices may be submitted online and should be registered by the competent authority within ten working days. The deadline for submission of information on prices was set as 27 April 2018 by the competent Kazakhstan authority (National Centre of Expertise).

  1. Several Eurasian Medical Device Regulations Approved

There was no breakthrough in start of functioning of Eurasian medical device regulations model in April 2018 compared to previous month; however, the Eurasian Commission approved several “third-level” regulations which come into force in May 2018:

-Regulation #46 on nomenclature of medical devices in EAEU (link in Russian);
-Regulation #47 on classification on adverse events for medical devices (link in Russian);
-Regulation #48 on classification of documents of the registration dossier (link in Russian).

In addition, one other interesting and detailed document published in April 2018 is the draft of the updated guidelines/recommendations for the expertise of medical devices for registration according to Eurasian requirements (link in Russian); however, as of the end of April 2018 the final approved version of the document is not available.

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Three Things You Should Know About Medical Device Regulations in Russia and CIS, March 2018

 


Dear colleagues,

Welcome to my monthly newsletter with updates on medical devices legislation in Russia and the Eurasian Union for March 2018.

  1. Eurasian Quality Management System Requirements for Medical Device Manufacturers

On 15 March 2018, Regulation #106 of the Eurasian Commission on the requirements on the quality management system (QMS) for manufacturers of medical devices for the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) registration procedure (link in Russian) came into effect.

The published regulation describes requirements to the QMS for medical device manufacturers and requires mandatory scheduled and unscheduled audits of manufacturing sites to demonstrate compliance with these requirements within the EAEU registration process.

The Eurasian Commission notes that, despite the fact that the requirements were developed on the basis of the international standard ISO 13485, the audits will be based on compliance with the requirements of the EAEU QMS regulation but not with requirements of the ISO standard itself.

At the same time, during the transition period until 15 March 2019, the regulation allows the registration in the EAEU of certain classes of products providing certificate ISO 13485 as evidence of an implemented QMS system, but in this case the manufacturers will have to pass an unscheduled inspection of the manufacturing site within two years from the date of registration.

Summary of EAEU medical device regulations for the end of March 2018:

 

  1. Potential Special Registration Route for Certain Medical Devices Manufactured in Russia

In mid-March 2018, the Russian Ministry of Health published a draft (link in Russian) amendment to article 38 of the Federal Law 323 that introduces a special registration route for certain low-risk medical devices manufactured in the Russian Federation.
The amendments will affect medical devices manufactured by Russian manufacturer, intended for use by medical personnel only and included in the list of “high-tech and innovative products”. The published document also establishes special requirements for post-registration safety monitoring for such products. It should be noted that Russian legislation today does not contain the above-mentioned criteria for “high-tech and innovative” products. It is expected that the amendments will come into force on 1 January 2020.

 

  1. New Medical Device Registration Rules in Uzbekistan

On 23 March 2018, the government of Uzbekistan published resolution #213 (link in Russian) with amendments to the registration rules for medicines and medical devices in the country. The resolution establishes the requirements for documents, samples, and fees for registration of medical devices in Uzbekistan and sets timelines for this procedure as 120–150 days. The approval process may also require clinical trials and manufacturing site inspection. The resolution establishes the validity of the registration license for a medical device as five years and contains a list of devices that do not require registration.

Three Things You Should Know about Medical Device Regulatory Changes in Russia in 2017

Dear fellow colleagues,

Welcome to my end-of-year update. Today I want to share my vision and briefly summarise the most important changes, news, and trends in the Russian and developing Eurasian medical device regulation landscapes in 2017.

 

  1. Eurasian Medical Device Regulations – Summary of Changes, 2017

“In 2017, the formation of medicinal device legislation within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) has been completed …. This is the most significant event of the year.” This was the message given by the head of Russian medical device regulator Roszdravnadzor at the conference in the Russian healthcare week in early December 2017.

We can see quite significant development of the EAEU medical device regulation system throughout the year of 2017. In March 2017, the registration and expertise fees for EAEU registration were published. Since May, twelve out of thirteen second-level regulations fully came into force and were gathered and published on the website of Roszdravnadzor.

The last and the most long-awaited document — EAEU requirements for the implementation of a quality management system for medical device manufacturers — was approved in November 2017.

By the end of the year, Russian laboratories started obtaining accreditation for conducting medical device testing according to EAEU medical device regulations. For the end of December 2017, there is information about three laboratories accredited for technical testing, one laboratory for toxicology/biocompatibility testing, and one centre for clinical trials on the website of the Russian medical device regulator. During several seminars on EAEU registration requirements, representatives of the laboratory confirmed the “green light” for the start of testing for registration.

This green light was also confirmed by EAEU member states; for example, the Belorussian Ministry of Health published information and documents for the submission of a registration file according to the Eurasian procedure. First companies report on the start of the EAEU registration process. However, for the end December 2017, there is no information on the possibility of submitting a registration file for EAEU evaluation in Russia.

It should be also recalled, that the end of the transition period introduced  in the Article 11 of the  Eurasian Agreement of Common Rules for Circulation of Medical Devices was set as 31 December 2021, and the requirement is that the re-registration (i.e. the full EAEU registration procedure) of all medical products in the EAEU market should be within less than four years. So far, no changes in this deadline nor information about the possibility of a simplified re-registration procedure have been formally announced.

 

  1. Changes in Russian Medical Device Regulations – Summary of Changes, 2017

Medical device approval in Russia still remains a very complex, time-and-resource consuming process. However, in parallel with the development of Eurasian medical device regulation, there were several significant positive changes in 2017.
Order #11N, containing a full list of requirements for the technical file and instructions (IFU) for the registration of medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics (IVD) in Russia, was published in March 2017 by the Russian Ministry of Health.

A pre-submission consultancy service was opened in 2017 by Russian regulatory expert centres involved in the registration process, with the aim of creating opportunities for manufacturers to receive formal feedback on specific aspects of the Russian regulatory process for their products from a competent authority prior to starting registration or submitting a medical device application. Until 2017, Russian legislation did not allow such forms of direct communication between manufacturers and registration experts.

An initiative for the simplification of the registration process for IVD has been discussed since the end of 2016. The draft regulation suggesting a one-step expert registration assessment for IVDs instead of the current two-step pathway was published at the beginning of August 2017, but at the end of the day of 27 December it has not yet been finally approved.

Russian medical device regulator Roszdravnadzor continues on a strong course to strengthen control of already approved medical devices in the market. Thus, the regulator announced there were more than 975 published “warning letters” about devices revealed to be in circulation that violated current legislation and more than one million units of non-registered or counterfeited devices banned and withdrawn from the market in the last year. It should be recalled that even a minor discrepancy in the product compared with the information submitted and approved in the registration file may be considered by the regulator as a violation and a reason for the ban.

  1. Continued Course on Restrictions for Foreign Medical Device Manufacturers

Restrictions on the admission of foreign medical products is the initiative started by the Russian government in February 2015, when Resolution #102 was introduced as a measure supporting the “import replacement” programme and “promoting the development of domestic manufacturing of medical devices”. As can be observed, the Russian government has continued on this course over the past year.

In August 2017, the Russian government adopted resolutions #967 and #968, aimed at creating modern competitive production of medical polyvinyl chloride (PVC) consumables in Russia, and  significantly extended the list of restricted medical devices. In particular, it introduced a separate list for six groups of consumables made of PVC and adopted a new approach to public procurement of these products.

In December 2017, a new decree, #1469, which indicated a temporary preference for Russian producers of coronary stents and catheters, established new restrictions on the admission of government purchases of these cardiac surgery products originating from foreign countries if at least one application from a Russian supplier is received. The restriction is effective until 1 July 2018.

At the end of the year, a new draft document was published by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade aimed at further expanding the restrictive list. The document contains twelve new types of products proposed for further restrictions, including test strips, dental composite filling materials, and endoprostheses.

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