On October 7, 2021, the Philippines FDA released FDA Circular No.2021-0021. The new regulations apply to establishments that provide medical devices Direct to Consumers (DTC) including pharmacies and eCommerce storefronts.
On September 14th, the Philippines FDA released FDA Advisory No.2021-2293, outlining the list of VAT-Exempt Products pursuant to Republic Act No. 11534, otherwise known as the “Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act.”
the FDA has released a list of Class A 1,242 product categories in Circular 2021-017 on August 16, 2021. Medical device manufacturers of Class A products specified in Annex A or under the ASEAN MDD, must obtain a Certificate of Medical Device Notification (CMDN).
During this transition period, Class B, C, and D medical devices that are not included in the specified list in Circular No. 2021-001-A may continue to be manufactured, imported/exported, distributed, and/or sold without a CMDN until March 31, 2022.
Notification AO 2021-0038 was released on June 11th, 2021 with the goal of creating a standardized system for determining and maintaining a database of essential medical devices, hereby known as the Philippine Essential Medical Device List (PEMDL). Additionally, the Medical Devices and Supplies Price Reference Index (MDSPRI) will also be established to provide more price transparency when it comes to medical devices in the Philippines.
At this time Indonesia’s Ministry of Health will only regulation Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) while the Philippines Department of Health will require testing for RDTs, along with other related products such as Nucleic Acid Extraction Kits and COVID-19 antibody tests. It’s expected that the process will require 1-2 months in each country.
St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) in both Quezon City and Taiguig/Global City are top-tier hospitals with Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation that operate at the quality of international standards. The use of novel technologies for procedures such as 2D and 3D breast ultrasound, laser dermatology procedures, robotic assisted urological surgeries, etc. make SLMC a great target for innovative medical device manufacturers.
On January 4th, the Philippines FDA released FDA Circular 2021-002. This Circular outlines new requirements for previously exempted medical devices, amending the previous transition plan. All remaining Class B, C, and D devices not listed in the updated Annex will now need to apply under the Notification route currently used for Class A devices.
FDA’s Circular No. 2020-035 will take into effect immediately, and will pertain to the conduct of licensing inspection for radiation facilities in particular.
The PCSO is a major source of funding for new hospital construction and medical device and equipment purchases and is often overlooked by outside suppliers. Medical device manufacturers should discuss with their Philippines distributors about what opportunities are available through the PCSO.