According to Article 29 in the “Administrative Decree for the IVD Reagents Registration” (CFDA, No. 5), the clinical exempt IVD reagents will need the clinical performance evaluation based on the assessment of products’ intended use, interference factors, comprehensive literature review and other non-clinical-trial methods.
On May 11, 2017, the Standards Regulation Center in Beijing organized a meeting on how to prepare training materials for the new and pending release "Medical Device Classification Directory". The leaders from CFDA and the Standards Regulation Center along with the responsible people for the sub-directory revised work units, more than 50 people attended the meeting. CFDA commissioner, Wang Lanming, attended the meeting and talked about the importance of thoroughly prepare the training materials for the implementation of the new Medical Device Classification Directory.
CFDA "Medical Device Classification Directory (revised) " was issued for feedback with due date on November 25, 2016.
The revised medical device classification directory has significant implications for medical devices registrations or renewals. If your devices are not included in the revised directory, you must go through the expert panel forum to get the proper classification. Expert panel could be time-consuming and costly
This newly released revised draft directory has been in the works for the past seven years. It was finally released for industry feedback. The previous directory was released in 2002. It is very dated and lacks details and clarity. It fails to keep up with the rapid proliferation of medical devices and the growth of complex technologies that have taken place in China.
The revised directory has 22 subdirectories. It consolidated and reduced the 2002 version’s 43 subdirectories by 19. Under each of the 22 subdirectories, there are further detailed divisions. Here are a few examples of how to look at the categories.