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).
A list of recently published and updated articles regarding medical device regulatory updates from the PFDA and other governing bodies in the Philippines.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
COVID-19 impacts medical device shipment logistics. Manufacturers will need to adapt their supply chain in order to meet demands and lower costs.
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.
US medical device manufacturers typically launch new products in Asia only after establishing success in the US and Europe. However, decisions made in the product development process have significant impact on regulatory costs, time to market and ultimately sales results in Asia. Address these four points to ensure fastest time-to-revenue in Asian markets.