Labeling in the Philippines is guided by Guidelines on the Labeling Requirements for Medical Devices in the Philippines and is largely harmonized with the ASEAN MDD (AMDD).
General Labeling Principle under the AMDD: The label found on the device should be a reasonable size for the type of device and should contain as much information as possible for the user to be able to identify and safely use the product. Depending on the size, additional information can be included inside the packaging, and/or on the Instructions for Use (IFU). IFUs may not be needed for all classifications of devices, such as low risk products.
Depending on the products classification and who will be using the product, the labeling will need to be written in English and/or Filipino and will be reviewed as part of the application review process.
Independent License Holders have the ability to label medical devices for their customers through the 3PL Value Added Service (VAP). Labels can be affixed to medical devices after customs clearance.
Product labeling is part of the official review process and typically contains the following components:
Additional product and tech specific requirements, i.e. single use only, implantable devices, radiation emitting, custom made, non-clinical use, refurbished devices, devices using or administering medicine, etc.
IVD Specific Requirements
IVD products must adhere to additional requirements on top of the above outlined Medical Device guidelines.
IVD products will also need to include:
Intended Purposes (type of analyte of the assay, qualitative vs. quantitative, etc.
Intended Purposes (type of analyte of the assay, traceability information)
Assay procedure, including calculation and interpretations
Conditions for collections
Reagent description and any limitation
For HIV test kit, a stick-on label indicating “For DOH accredited 19 laboratory use only” as per Republic Act No: 5804.
Labeling Requirements for Customs Clearance
Manufacturers will also need to be wary of the local labeling requirements and expectations at the port of entry. In the Philippines, Manufacturers can apply their country-specific label in country, once it’s passed through customs.
Contact Asia Actual if you have questions about medical device and IVD device labeling in the Philippines.