On July 12, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare published a draft of new medical device regulations (Medical Device Rules, 2016) which will require registration for all medium to high risk medical and IVD devices. Implementation could happen as early as year end.
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This month, the Center for Device Regulation, Radiological Health and Research (CDRRHR) has relocated from the Department of Health in Manila to new facilities within the FDA central compound in Alabang.
President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Charade Galang-Puno as the new Director General of the Philippines Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Galang-Puno is one of 42 appointees sworn in on Monday, August 15 at the Malacañang Palace in Manila.
The Korean government has announced intentions to increase the official fees charged by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) and Medical Device Information and Technology Assistance Center (MDITAC) for processing medical device conformity assessment applications.
The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a Notification clarifying post-market vigilance requirements referenced in sections 5 (1) and 41 (5) of the Medical Device Act B.E. 2551 (2008). The requirements are to go into effect in this November and are considered an important step toward harmonization of the Thai regulations with the ASEAN Medical Device Directive.
Last week the Indian government officially published the Medical Devices Rules, 2017 providing for the comprehensive regulation of all medical and IVD devices in India. The Rules will come into full effect on January 1, 2018. A link to the document is available here on the Asia Actual website (the English version starts on page 143).
The Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a Circular clarifying medical device recall requirements referenced in sections 5 (k) of the FDA Act of 2009. The requirements will go into effect in September of 2016.
With the publishing of the ‘Drug (Prices Control) third amendment Order, 2016’ on December 21, 2016, coronary stents were added the list of devices subject to government price controls. Included in the product definition are bare metal stents, metallic drug eluting stents, and bio-resorbable vascular scaffold/biodegradable drug eluting stents.