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Thai FDA Streamlines Medical Device Registration Process

Published on: March 16th, 2022

Formal Classification and Grouping Guidance Still Available by Separate Process

Starting on March 15, 2022, the Thai FDA will remove the initial pre-submission step from the medical device registration process. Manufacturers, or their local license holders, will now proceed directly with full registration applications through the Thai FDA E-submission system.

By removing the pre-submission step, the TFDA is streamlining the application process for most applications by as much as one month.

The pre-submission process was an initial step where the TFDA would confirm product classification and grouping. New and renewal applicants would submit basic information such as Instructions for Use, product codes, and device labeling and the TFDA would provide feedback within 2 weeks.

For borderline cases, the Thai FDA will still provide formal guidance on classification and/or grouping via E-submission starting April 1, 2022.  Applications come with a 500 THB (US$15) processing fee.  There is not official guidance on processing times, but responses within 2 weeks is expected.

Medical Device Registration Overview

On February 15, 2021, Thailand implemented new medical device regulations to align with the ASEAN Medical Device Directive (AMDD). One of the major changes was adoption of a risk-based classification system. Under the previously regulations, medical devices were divided into three categories not entirely based on risk criteria.  With risk-based categorization of medical device new to applicants and regulators in Thailand, the standard registration process included a pre-assessment step to confirm proper risk categorization and grouping of devices. This pre-assessment step has now been suspended to provide for faster application review and processing.

For the latest information on registering medical devices in Thailand, please see our Thailand Medical Device Registration page.

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