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Medical Device Registration in Malaysia
Medical device product registration in Malaysia is overseen by the Medical Device Authority (MDA) of the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MoHM), as stipulated under the Medical Device Act 2012, which was made effective on July 1, 2013. According to the act, medical devices require registration with the MDA before being imported and placed on the market.
Medical Device Status
In Malaysia, a medical device is any instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, appliance, implant, in vitro reagent or calibrator, software, material or other similar or related article intended by the manufacturer to be used, alone or in combination, for human beings for the purpose of diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of disease or injury.
The registration process and guidelines closely follow ASEAN Medical Devices Directive (AMDD) standards. Devices are classified into four classes A, B, C and D, ranked from low to high risk categorization. Additionally, there is a fifth category for combination devices. The registration routes vary based on the classification of the device:
|CAB Fees||MOH Fees||Review Times|
|Class A||n/a||MR100||6 to 8 weeks|
|Class B||MR1,300||MR1,250||3 to 6 months|
|Class C||MR1,300||MR2,500||3 to 6 months|
|Class D||MR1,300||MR3,750||3 to 6 months|
|Combination Device||MR1,300||MR5,750||3 to 6 months|
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Validity and Renewal
The application requires a Certificate of Conformity from a local, authorized conformity assessment body (CAB). Under the fast track system, devices with reference country approval have up to 5 years to submit the locally issued Certificate of Conformity and will be issued provisional registration in the meantime.
License Holder Requirements
Medical Device registration applications must be submitted via the on-line MEDCAST system by a licensed, local entity that also acts as license holder, or Malaysia Authorized Holder (MAH).
Licenses can be transferred from one Authorized Representative (AR) to another. The new AR will fill out an application on the MoH MEDCAST online portal. Required documents include the Current AR Declaration Form (Annex B – MDA/GD0041), Termination Letter, and Letter of Authorization from the new AR. The MoH charges about RM 500 (USD$ 115) per medical device registration ID.
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Contact Asia Actual for assistance to confirm the cost and time lines that apply to your medical devices. Asia Actual also has experienced, top level consultants in Malaysia to manage the application process.
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