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NMPA Roundup January 2022


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Here’s the latest China NMPA regulatory and clinical affairs news for medical device and IVDs pros in January 2022. These updates are presented by China Med Device, LLC, your partner in Chinese market access.


Hundreds of Standards to be Obsoleted or Declassified: Faster Market Access for Ophthalmic and Orthopedic Devices

The NMPA issued the “Optimizing Mandatory Standards for Medical Devices (Draft)” on January 5, 2022 for feedback. Feedbacks need to be submitted by February 10. The document lists 458 standards, many of which are for ophthalmic and orthopedic indications, proposing to make changes by obsoleting, keeping in effect or declassifying from “mandatory” to “recommended”. View post

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Use the Clinical Evidence of Predicate Device for Product Registration

If devices are not on the clinical evaluation exempt catalog but have an NMPA-approved predicate device to show substantial equivalence, per the “Guidance for Clinical Evaluation of Medical Devices” published on Sep 28, 2021, the applicant can use the clinical data of the predicate device as a part or the total clinical evidence of the product to be registered for NMPA registration. The clinical data of predicate can be used as an alternative to local clinical trial to meet NMPA clinical requirements. For takeaways for manufacturers please view original post.

Guideline Published for Combination Products

NMPA released the “Registration Guideline on Combination Products with Device as Primary Mode of Action” on January 11, 2022, directing manufacturers for safety and efficacy evaluation of combination products.

The applicant should evaluate the safety and efficacy of the product using the combination medical device as a single entity, paying special attention to the potential risks introduced by the drug or the interaction between the device and the drug. The applicant can make an assessment on the drug information, but the safety and efficacy of the drug in the combination product may be different from that of the drug used alone. For the requirements on the clinical evaluation and registration application, please view original post.

Fast-track Channels

Four Neurological Devices Receive NMPA Innovation Approvals in January 2022

The NMPA granted Innovation Approvals to four neurological devices in January 2022:

Since the pathway established in 2014, 142 innovative devices have been approved. For the explanation NMPA gives for each approval, please view the list.

Fast-track Channel in 2021: Roche, CooperVision Got Priority Approvals

In 2021, six priority review devices and 15 innovation devices received approvals, while 50 devices were granted fast-track channels. Roche and CooperVision are on the approval list as imported devices. For our comprehensive review with the complete approval list please check it out.

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