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Australian Medical Device Conformity Assessment Regulations updated by the TGA

In July 2021 the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) published significant updates to the Therapeutic Goods (Medical Devices) Regulations 2002 (the Regulations). Access the current version of the Regulations via the TGA website. WHAT HAS BEEN UPDATED? Sub-regulation 4.1 This sub-regulation has been repealed. So what does this mean? It is no longer a requirement for the manufacturer of medical devices which fall into the categories listed below, to hold a TGA Conformity Assessment (CA) certificate as the only accepted evidence of conformity, before submitting your application for inclusion on the Australian Register......

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation as a Medical Device by the TGA

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for PPE has significantly increased. In response to the greater demand, the TGA has issued guidance on the regulation of face masks, gloves and gowns. The regulation is dependent on the product type and its therapeutic purpose. What is PPE? PPE refers to clothing and equipment (face masks, gloves and gowns) used to protect an individual against one or more health and safety hazards. When is PPE considered a medical device? The regulation defines PPE as articles that are non-sterile personal protective equipment or safety......

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TGA Medical Device Class I Update – Changes to the Australian Register of Therapeutic Good (ARTG) inclusion process for non-measuring, non-sterile Class I medical devices

What does this mean? The TGA has changed the inclusion process by which non-measuring, non-sterile Class I medical devices are included in the ARTG. The changes came into effect October 2020. What has changed? The TGA has modified the process, by which Class I inclusion applications in the ARTG are done. The application has been updated with additional requirements; applicants must now provide a manufacturer’s Declaration of Conformity when applying to include the device on the ARTG. The Manufacturer’s Declaration of Conformity form for these devices has been amended, making it more......

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TGA’s Medical Device Regulatory Changing Landscape

In 2020, the TGA are implementing a range of changes to the medical device regulations due to a number of reasons; some of which include changes to the European device regulations and new technologies now considered medical devices. The TGA have released an Action Plan, which has a 3-strategy approach to implementing the changes. The Action Plan Strategy 1 – Improving how new devices get on the market The TGA is strengthening its assessment processes and oversight of how devices are approved for use on the Australian market. Better assessment of new......

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Considerations when outsourcing manufacture of medical devices

In the modern era of manufacturing its common for a company to make the decision to outsource part or full manufacturing of medical devices to a sub-contract manufacturer/critical supplier. There are many reasons for the medical device manufacturer to do this i.e. expertise, scale of manufacture, latest technology and cost. Its vitally important to select the right sub-contract/critical supplier manufacturer. How to find the right sub-contract/critical supplier manufacturer: Size – This will determine their ability to meet your manufacturing needs, whether this is with specialised equipment or the newest technologies. Consider the......

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Role of the Person Responsible for Regulatory Requirements

What is this role? This is a new regulatory compliance role introduced by the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) 2017/745 and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) 2017/746. This is the first time a role of this type is officially recognised and must be appointed by the manufacturer. This is a separate role to that of the Authorised Representative. How to comply? Article 15 in the MDR and IVDR is entirely dedicated to the definition of the requirements, tasks and duties of the Person Responsible for Regulatory Compliance. It requires that manufacturers have at......

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Medical Device Regulation (MDR) European Union (EU) 2017/745 Transition - What is required by the May 2020 deadline?

When does the MDR become applicable? The MDR will come into force May 2020. What does the introduction of the MDR mean? The MDR replaces the EU’s existing Medical Device Directive (MDD) (93/42/EEC) and Directive on Active Implantable Medical Devices (90/385/EEC). The purpose of the MDR is to improve traceability and safety of devices in the EU. Changes required to transition to MDR: Assess Device Classifications Some device classifications as per the MDD have been retained, while more have become more stringent, which can result in a device being reclassified as a......

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Importance of Data Integrity and Document Management

In recent years there has been increased emphasis on data integrity, as this is a critical factor for the manufacturer in measuring the quality of their product and their credibility. What is Data integrity? Every organisation knows the saying, ‘If it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen’, this is fundamental in a manufacturing environment. Data is essential in the manufacturing process, without data how can the integrity of the product or processes be proven, without data it is harder to identify risks and opportunities for improvement. The FDA identify data integrity as......

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Importance of Post Market Surveillance for medical Devices

Post market surveillance (PMS) activities are part of the manufacturer’s overall quality management system, whereby it provides continuous feedback about a device on the market, ensuring that a high standard of product quality is maintained, as it monitors the safety of the device post launch. PMS is a requirement for the main markets i.e. US, Europe, Australia, etc. In Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is responsible for medical devices, this includes the monitoring of the ongoing safety, performance and quality, of devices which have been included on the Australian Register of......

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Road to registering your medical device in Australia

In Australia the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) overseas the medical devices which are placed on the market. The TGA enforces the Therapeutic Goods (Medical Devices) Regulations 2002 as amended. Guidelines to the Regulations can be found at Australian Regulatory Guidelines for Medical Devices (ARGMD). Pre-market: Determine if your product is a medical device? Does your product meet the definition of a medical device, whereby the product is intended to be used on humans for any of the following; Diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of disease Diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, alleviation of or......

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