Response to COVID-19 in Russian and Eurasian Medical Device Regulations

Dear Colleagues,

This is my monthly update regarding changes to medical device regulations in Russia and the Eurasian Union; this month will be entirely devoted to a review of recent legislation changes related to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak:

  • On 26 March 2020, the Russian Ministry of Health announced a green channel regime for approval in Russia for medical devices intended for the diagnosis of coronavirus COVID-19 infection. The published letter on this matter (link in Russian) informs that ‘in condition on rules of submission of documents for registration are respected, medical devices intended for diagnosis of coronavirus infection will be performed in shortest time’. The same document also announced that pre-registration consultations with manufacturers regarding the approval of medical devices that are intended for the diagnosis of coronavirus COVID-19 infection are provided by expert institutions at no cost.
    However, it should be noted that this announcement does not introduce any new approval track/route, but rather expedites the existing testing and registration procedure.The first coronavirus IVD assay was approved in Russia, according to the information from the national medical device register, on 11 February 2020.
    For 30th March 2020, according to the Russian Minister of health, there are seven assays approved in Russia, and review of such applications <by the regulator> is performed “within one-two days”.
  • On 18 March 2020, the Russian government released the Resolution #299 (link in Russian) and simplified the registration route for 36 types of low-class, protective medical devices, including surgical/protective face masks, respirators, medical protective clothes, surgical suits, medical gloves, overshoes, and others.
    According to the published resolution, Roszdravnadzor, the Russian medical device regulator, will make a decision on the approval of such protective devices within five days from the receipt of the registration file; this will be carried out on the condition that a manufacturer provides documents confirming the safety and quality parameters of these devices (testing and trials reports) within five months from the approval from the regulator. In the case where discrepancies (between data submitted for registration and in the test reports) appear, such approval may be withdrawn. The above mentioned resolution was followed by methodical guidelines (link in Russian), clarifying a new, simplified procedure.
  • On 2 March 2020, the Russian government released the resolution #233 (link in Russian) and implemented a temporary ban on the exportation of certain types of medical devices and protective equipment from Russia, including face/surgical masks, respirators, protective glasses, medical protective clothes, and others – 16 types of medical products are included in the restriction list. According to this resolution, the export ban on these devices will be effective until 1 June 2020.
  • On 25 March 2020, the Eurasian Commission published the decision #25 (link in Russian) and annulled the importation customs fees for several medical devices intended for the diagnosis and prevention of COVID-19 infection, which are included in the special list provided in the same document – the list includes IVD assays, protective clothes, and personal protective medical products. The document grants exemption from fees on the importation of products on the list from 16 March until 30 September 2020, in the territory of the Eurasian Union.
  • Since 26 March 2020, the Russian parliament has been discussing the draft federal law (link in Russian), which may grant the Russian government the right to introduce a special procedure for the approval of medical devices, as well as the suspension of the wholesale and retail sale of medical devices in Russia for up to 90 days in the case of an emergency or epidemic.
  • All registration inspections for medical device manufacturers have been cancelled/postponed by the Ministry of Health of Belarus (link of the published letter in Russian), as well as the Kazak competent authority (link to the announcement in Russian).

The first cases of COVID-19 infection were reported in Russia on 31 January 2020, and until today the rate of infection continues to climb. On 30 March 2020, Russia closed its borders and imposed a nine-day national shutdown.

Three Things You Should Know about Medical Device Regulations in Russia and the Eurasian Union in February 2020

 

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to deliver my usual end-of-the-month update on the highlights of medical device regulations in Russia and the Eurasian Union.

  1. Updated Criteria for Software as Medical Devices in Russia

On the 14th of February 2020, the Russian medical device regulator Roszdravnadzor published a letter that clarifies the criteria by which software may be considered a medical device (and require registration) and annulled previous requirements that had been applied to software since December 2015.

According to the letter, the Russian medical device regulator considers software to be a medical device when it meets all of the following criteria:

  • It is a computer program or its module (regardless of the program’s hardware platform and/or mode of distribution);
  • It is intended by the manufacturer to be used for medical care;
  • It is not a component of another medical device; and
  • It is intended to interpret sets of data received from medical devices, or entered by medical professionals, with the intention that the interpretations will be used for medical purposes.

According to several examples provided in the published document, medical software is not considered a medical device if it is intended for:

  • Hospital administration
  • Health and lifestyle management
  • The archiving and administration of medical data and medical images without the intention of interpreting them
  • The control and technical maintenance of medical equipment
  • Communication between doctors and patients
  • Educational and informational use
  • Receiving data from medical devices but not for medical care.

It should also be noted that, earlier in January 2020, the Roszdravnadzor announced plans to simplify the approval process for some IT healthcare products in Russia and to create a dedicated working group to discuss the registration of medical software.

  1. Draft on the Amendment to the Eurasian Medical Device Registration Procedure

On the 18th of February, the Eurasian commission published a draft document on an amendment to the rules of registration and examination of medical devices in the Eurasian Union (link in Russian). The current version of these rules (Regulation 46) is available in English.

The published draft suggests several clarifications and amendments to the definitions used in the regulations, as well as a clarification of the procedure by which member states accept registrations. It also suggests a protocol for making, and providing notification of, amendments to the registration dossiers of devices, and a clarification of the procedure for cancelling registration certificates.

The document is open for public discussion until the 20th of April 2020.

  1. Update on the Regulation of Medical Devices with Ethyl Alcohol

On the 9th of February 2020, the Russian healthcare regulator Roszdravnadzor enforced regulation 7975 ‘On approval of the regulation on the commission for the formation of a list of alcohol-containing medical devices, the production of which is not covered by the Federal law on the regulation of ethyl alcohol’ (Link in Russian).

Roszdravnadzor published a reminder to the industry that the process of forming this list is carried out on the basis of applications from manufacturers, or their authorized representatives, that are submitted to Roszdravnadzor between the 1st of January and the 30th of June.

It should be noted that the rules for the formation of the aforementioned list were enforced previously in July of 2019. Medical products included in this list are excluded from general alcohol regulations, such as Federal law 171, in Russia. According to this law, ‘alcohol-containing medical devices’ are medical devices in liquid form containing the pharmaceutical substance of ethyl alcohol (ethanol) or ethyl alcohol.

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Some other minor updates over the last month merit mention: Clarification letters have been published by the Russian Ministry of Finance regarding the application of a reduced tax rate for some medical devices (link in Russian). The tax rate for medical devices that will be applied after 2022 (link in Russian) and for custom-made medical devices (link in Russian). Several administrative regulations regarding the control of medical devices have also been cancelled (link in Russian) and replaced by new editions (link in Russian).

Russia and Kyrgyzstan approved the First Medical Device under the Eurasian Regulations

On 31 December 2019, the Russian healthcare regulator Roszdravnadzor announced first medical device approved under the Eurasian medical device regulations  First registration certificate was issued for 2A class neonatal phototherapy lamp manufactured in Russia.  The registration record has also appeared in the Eurasian database. 

Three Things You Should Know about Medical Device Regulations in Russia, November 2019

 

Dear Colleagues,

There have been no major changes in the regulatory landscape of Russian and Eurasian medical devices for the past month, but  this is my usual newsletter with several short updates which  are good to know if you are interested in medical devices regulation in this region:

1. Updates in Medical Device Control Procedures in Russia

In November several new updates were introduced to strengthen control procedures for medical devices and pharmaceuticals in circulation on the market from Russian healthcare regulators.

On 9 November 2019, the Russian government published Regulation No. 1433 (link in Russian), amending some aspects of the procedure for the inspection of medical devices manufacturers and distributors. According to the published document, within three months, the Ministry of Health is developing a risk indicators  i.e. parameters deviations from which might indicate a likelihood of violations of mandatory requirements for the circulation of medical devices, which are intended to be used for unscheduled inspections.

Under Regulation No. 1459 published on 15 November 2019 (link in Russian), Russian healthcare regulator Roszdravnadzor is empowered to conduct test purchases of medical devices and medicines to verify compliance with regulations, i.e. to check on the sale of falsified, poor-quality and non-registered products.

It should be noted that according to the current regulation, inspections of the medical device manufacturers and distributors are carried out in accordance with the annual plan published by Roszdravnadzor. In limited cases, unplanned inspections may be conducted. Strengthening control of the medical devices on the market is a trend that has been evident in Russia over the last several years.

2. Development of Medical Software Regulation in Russia
In November 2019, the Russian Ministry of Health announced the start of work on the implementation of changes to the classification of the software as a medical device. According to the regulator, improvements should be made following the IMDRF guidelines.

As of today, the medical software is within scope of the Russian definition of a medical device, and some years ago Roszdravnadzor clarified the requirement for its mandatory registration, but to date, no specific guidelines are available in the Russian regulations on medical devices.

3. Simplified Approval Path for Refurbished Medical Devices in Belarus

On 16 November the Belarusian Ministry of Health clarified procedures for obtaining import permits for Belarus in the re-used and refurbished medical devices received as foreign donations. The published letter ( link in Russian) sets out a simplified approval process for refurbished medical devices and rehabilitation equipment of I-Class, on the condition that their residual life is not less than one year.

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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, 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.