The Philippines Department of Health published a draft schedule of fees to be charged for medical device registrations under the new Rules next year. As per Administrative Order 2018-0002, medical devices will be classified by increasing risk from A to D. The new registration fees will have three components that vary by risk classification as below:
Classification Type Application Evaluation Fee Annual Retention fee
1. Class A Notification PhP 5,000 PhP 10,000 PhP 2,000
2. Class B Registration PhP 10,000 PhP 20,000 PhP 5,000
3. Class C Registration PhP 15,000 PhP 45,000 PhP 9,000
4. Class D Registration PhP 30,000 PhP 60,000 PhP 12,000
While not exorbitant by regional standards, the proposed changes do represent a significant increase in registration costs in the Philippines. Under the old Rules, government fees to process a Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) were PhP 1,500 for the initial application which was valid for 1 year and then PhP 5,000 for the renewal application which was valid for 5 years. By way of comparison, the 5-year regulatory fees for a CPR total about US$140, while the 5-year regulatory fees for a Class C Registration would total US$1,962.
A meeting was held to solicit stakeholder feedback on June 28th. Finalization of the guidance document on fees is expecting in the coming weeks.
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