Three Things You Should Know About Medical Device Regulations in Russia and the Eurasian Union, February 2021 

Dear colleagues, 

This is my usual selection of the highlights from the medical device regulatory landscape for Russia and the Eurasian Union over the last month

  1. Update on the Requirements for State Procurements for Medical Devices Containing Plastic Materials in Russia

    On 28 January 2021, the Russian government released Resolution #76 (link in Russian), which updated the criteria for the restrictions for public and municipal procurement for single-use medical devices made from poly-vinyl chlorides (PVC). Since 2017, these types of devices have been subject to restrictions (in certain conditions) for government procurements, according to List #2 of the Resolution #102.

    The published document extended the scope of the resolution to medical devices made not only from PVC but also from other plastic materials and introduced the localisation indicator of the production of medical devices included in the list.
    For the end of February 2021, List #2 for the Resolution #102 contains over 100 types of PVC and plastic medical devices, which are classified into six groups.

  2. Update on the National Medical Registration Rules in Kazakhstan

    Kazakhstan constantly updates the local medical device regulations, as follows:

    The updated version of the 735 Regulation (link in Russian) allowed a registration certificate to be obtained for a medical device with an unlimited validity period after the first submission.

    The updated version of the 736 Regulation (link in Russian) simplified the registration procedure for medical devices manufactured in the European Union, United States of America, Canada and Japan, and at the same time, was approved by the regulatory agencies of the aforementioned countries. Henceforward, these devices may skip the laboratory testing stage for the registration expertise.
    The same regulation has also updated the conditions for the accelerated 30-day registration pathway for medical devices for COVID-19 emergency use – henceforward, these procedures may only be applied after preliminary approval by the regulator.

    The Order#  282/20 (link in Russian), which was released in December 2020, updated the requirements for the procedure of the safety and quality assessment for medicinal products and medical devices in Kazakhstan via the declaration procedure.
  1. Renewal of Certain National Standards Related to Medical Devices in Russia:

Over the last few months, several national GOST standards, which are applicable to different types of medical devices in Russia, have been updated as follows:

In January 2021, certain parts of the national standard for electrical requirements for blood circulation monitors and ultrasound equipment and the national standard for needles colour coding were renewed.

From March 2021, the following renewed versions of the standards will come into force:
– General technical requirements for medical devices (GOST 50444-2020);

– Certain parts of the national standard on biocompatibility assessment (GOST ISO/TR 10993);

– New versions of the standard for technical requirements and the assessments for an endoscopy GOST 58936-2020 and MRI equipment GOST 59092-2020.

I would like to thank LIMI Consulting for the continuous support and updates on Kazakhstan that I used in my review. 

Three Things You Should Know about Medical Device Regulations in Russia, February 2018

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to my monthly update!

One may note that February 2018 was a fairly quiet month in the regulatory landscape for medical devices in Russia. However there are several recent minor updates which may be of interest:

  1. Updated List of Medical Products Taxed at 10% VAT

At the end of January 2018, the Russian government updated resolution # 688 with a list of medical products taxed at the reduced rate of value added tax (VAT) of 10% (link of updated resolution in Russian). An updated consolidated version of the list was aligned with the new national classification of products (enforced since January 2017).

In this context it should be recalled that Russian legislation grants VAT preferences (0% or 10% VAT instead of 18% as a ‘general rule’) for importing and selling most types of medical devices. The list of medical devices taxed at 0% was last updated in November 2017.


  1. List of Alcohol-Containing Medical Devices

At the end of January 2018, the draft regulation, ‘on formation of the list of alcohol-containing medical products’ (link in Russian), was published. According to the document, medical devices ‘in a liquid form of release containing the pharmaceutical substance of ethyl alcohol’ should be included in the special list by special commission of the Ministry of Health depending on a number of criteria (volume of consumer packaging, cost and functional purpose of a medical device). The commission is expected to revise the list no more than once a year and no later than 31st March. It is also expected that medical products included in the list will not be regulated by the Russian Law on State Regulation of Production and Turnover of Ethyl Alcohol and Alcohol-Containing Products, which was amended in January 2018.


  1. Weighted Average Prices for Polyvinylchloride Plastics Consumables

On 1st February 2018, the Russian Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation published a letter (link in Russian) proposing the updated weighted average prices for foreign disposable medical devices made of polyvinyl chloride plastics (PVC).

The weighted average prices are used for calculation of the guaranteed maximum price for state and municipal purchases according to the methodology provided in Order № 759N (link in Russian) by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Industry and Trade in October 2017.

A new scheme for the public procurement of consumable medical devices made from PVC was introduced in Russia in August 2017 with significant extension of the previously adopted Resolution No. 102 ‘On Establishing Access Restrictions for Certain Types of Foreign-Made Medical Products to Procurement for State and Municipal Needs’.


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