Further Changes To Medical Device Regulation

From 1 October 2020, the process by which the TGA includes Class I non-measuring, non-sterile medical devices in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) has changed. 

Summary Of Changes

  • Applicants need to provide a manufacturer’s Declaration of Conformity with their application to include the device in the ARTG, rather than simply holding this documentation such a document at the time they apply for inclusion.
  • The manufacturer’s Declaration of Conformity form for Class I non-sterile, non-measuring devices has been revised to be more user-friendly.
  • The TGA will assess applications for compliance with the legal requirements for Class I medical devices to be included in the ARTG.
  • After conducting the assessment:
    • If the TGA is not satisfied the product meets all the requirements for inclusion in the ARTG, the TGA will select the application for non-mandatory audit.
    • if the TGA is satisfied the product meets all the requirements for inclusion in the ARTG , the TGA will include the device in the ARTG within four (4) business days of receiving the application.
  • The TGA may conduct non-mandatory audits of Class I applications where (for example) there are concerns regarding a kind of device or it appears from the application that:
    • The device is not a medical device;
    • The device is incorrectly classified;
    • The device does not comply with the essential principles;
    • The device has not had the appropriate conformity assessment procedures applied to it; or
    • The information supplied in or with the application is not complete or correct.
  • You can check if your product is a medical device using the SME Assist tool.
  • All Class I devices included in the ARTG will continue to be subject to post-market reviews, in accordance with the existing process.