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Monthly CFDA News Roundup (August)

Monthly CFDA News Roundup covers government announcement, policies, standards, guidelines, QA/recall/AE, and new approvals in medical device and IVD in China. It is edited by China Med Device, LLC (, a consulting firm specializing in China CFDA regulatory, CRO and market access services.



  1. Second round UDI feedback has been requested by CFDA, to adequately identify medical devices through their distribution and use in China.
  2. CFDA accelerates its effort in post-market surveillance, following the vaccine scandal with the demotion of major CFDA leadership.
  3. Registration Holder system newly-initiated in two provinces, after successful piloting in Shanghai.
  4. IVDs stand for 25% CFDA new approvals, and 3 IVD guidelines issued.



  1. CFDA announced Unique Device Identification (UDI) draft plan on August 22. Feedbacks need to be submitted by September 21, 2018. This is the second round of UDI feedback requested by CFDA.

When fully implemented, the label of all devices in China will include a unique device identifier in human- and machine-readable form. Within 60-day grace period, the license holder of the medical device shall upload the product identification and related data to CFDA UDI database.


For more information about the UDI draft plan, please click HERE.

For English version of the draft plan, please email


  1. CFDA issued Decree No.1 for Medical Device Adverse Event Reporting on August 31. More control, strictness and timely post-market surveillance will be enforced. The major changes from previous regulation include:
  • Provincial CFDA offices will take major responsibility for surveillance, instead of National Test Center as in the past. It means more staff and quicker action for “fly-inspection”.
  • Overseas adverse events are required to be reported, and the report must be conducted by local legal agent.
  • Adverse event records shall be kept 2 years after the expiration date; 5 years if no expiration date provided; Implantable device registration holders shall keep the records permanently.
  • Yearly Risk Analysis becomes mandatory.
  • Penalties, such as stopping production, suspension of importation and fines, are specified for the first time.


For more information about the Decree, please click HERE.

For official CFDA link of the Decree, please email


  1. CFDA published 2018 Medical Device Industry Standard Revision Plan on August 7th. Industry standard of 99 devices, IVDs and their quality system will be available by end of this year, some of which have already been issued so far.

The standards also specify the modifications, effective dates, and give recommendations for registration application. CFDA will issue standards in 20 days after adoption, for the betterment of transparency of regulatory operation.


For more information about the Standard Revision Plan, please click HERE.

For official CFDA link of the Plan, please email


  1. CFDA announced Initiation for Registration Holder system in Guangdong and Tianjin, after Shanghai’s piloting program started in early January. Registration holder in the three provinces can now be independent of the manufacturer.


  1. CFDA issued Modified Requirement for Medical Device Renewal Registration. Issues including registration material, legal agent and multi-center trial have been addressed.


Government Announcement

3 CFDA national chiefs and 7 provincial leaders have been demoted on August 16, as result of the recent vaccine scandal. Public awareness and government alertness over QMS system have been elevated to a new level.


For more information about the demotion, please click HERE.



CFDA issued 7 guidelines including 3 for IVDs:

Technical Review Guideline on Nasogastric Tube

Technical Review Guideline on Disposable Sterile Catheter

Technical Review Guideline on Custom Denture

Technical Review Guideline on Intrauterine Device

Technical Review Guideline on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Reagent

Technical Review Guideline on Chromosomal Abnormalities Detection Reagent

Performance Evaluation Guideline of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Based Cancer Biomarker


For official CFDA link of any guideline mentioned above, please email



  1. CFDA announced recall notices for 11 imported medical devices and IVDs. Johnson & Johnson, Philips, GE, Medtronic and 7 others are on the list.

Johnson & Johnson: Contact lens

Philips: Mobile digital x ray machine

GE: Single-photon emission computed tomography

Medtronic: Disposable cutterhead

DePuy Orthopaedics: Artificial knee joint

BioMérieux: Gram-positive bacteria flashcard (class I recall)

Biomet Orthopedics: Knee joint

Zimmer: Metal intramedullary nail

Mako Surgical: Orthopedic surgery navigation system

Arrow: Central venous catheter

Teleflex Medical: Disposable laryngeal tube


For the reasons of recall and the model numbers, please email


  1. CFDA announced Voluntary Registration Withdrawals during December 15, 2017 to June 25, 2018. 139 medical devices and IVDs have been voluntarily withdrawn due to incorrect clinical data and noncompliance with clinical trial regulation. Beckman Coulter, Roche, Boston Scientific, Smith & Nephew and St. Jude are on the list.


For more information about Clinical Inspection, please click HERE.


New Approval

  1. CFDA published Approvals of Medical Devices for July 2018. 45 domestic class III, 17 imported class III and 23 imported class II medical devices and IVDs have been approved. GE, Roche, Boston Scientific, Life Technologies (US), and Edwards Lifesciences are on the list. Among them are 21 IVD manufactures, accounting for 25% of total approval.


  1. CFDA granted Innovation Approval status to a domestic manufacturer.

Aipute: Anchor Balloon Dilatation Catheter


For complete English version of the guideline, please email


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