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Old 17th May 2004, 08:42 AM
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Please Help! Requirements for Exporting Medical Devices to Australia

Hi,
Can anyone help me with the new regulatory system for medical devices in Australia? My company is in the US and I do not know where to start with this process.
I had also heard that New Zealand may also have regulations requiring a registration process, is this true?
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Old 17th May 2004, 11:17 AM
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Hi,
Can anyone help me with the new regulatory system for medical devices in Australia? My company is in the US and I do not know where to start with this process.
I had also heard that New Zealand may also have regulations requiring a registration process, is this true?
Thanks,
Bridget
Bridget:

We don't export to Australia and the term new is relative so I don't know if this is up to date but it may be helpful for a start.

http://www.ita.doc.gov/td/mdequip/Australiaregs.html
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Old 17th May 2004, 06:28 PM
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Bridget,

Al's article is probably still current yet the links to the TGA are now corrupt. Here is the new link to Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration. They deal with 'Regulating Australia's medicines, medical devices, blood, tissues and chemicals'.

They can be the mother of all Bureaucracies.

http://www.tga.gov.au/

Greg B
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Old 18th May 2004, 03:51 AM
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The regulation of medical devices in Australia is done by the TGA and the system that was introduced in October 2002 is now very, very similar to the European CE Marking system - in fact they copied it.

If you are familiar with the EU system, you are a long way to understanding the Australian system.

You basically must comply with the "Essential Principles" of our regulations, which are comparable with the “Essential Requirements” of the Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC of the EU. You must also have a Quality System (again there is a choice of what sort, just like in the EU). You must submit a “Technical File” also as in the EU.

If you have a product that has a CE Mark, then you have virtually all of the information you need.

A Notified Body such as the TUV (who have branches in the US) should be able to grant you approval to sell in Australia on presentation of the Technical File to them, and provided you have an acceptable Quality System - such as ISO 13485 or 13488 certification.

Cheers,

Grant.
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Old 18th May 2004, 06:08 AM
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We have been selling into Australia & New Zealand for some time now - basically using our European CE approvals.

This morning I have received a note from an Australian distributor, saying that we will now also have to ensure compliance with NZS 3551:2004 (Technical management programmes for medical devices). I am just starting to look into it...


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Old 18th May 2004, 08:28 AM
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Would you like to buy some cheese?

You don't need to comply with this Standard to sell medical devices here. It's a local standard - Australia recognises the same Harmonised Standards as the EU. Here's a link specifically to the TGA Medical Devices site:

http://www.tga.gov.au/docs/html/meddevreg.htm

Cheers,

Grant.
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Old 18th May 2004, 08:44 AM
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Hi Grant,

Thanks for your help - much appreciated.

Now... what sort of cheese do you have for sale?.....


Dave
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Old 18th May 2004, 08:45 AM
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Thanks for the links

I am glad I am not the only one who has yet to tackle this project. We only sell to one company in Australia and then they sell our name brand Class I and Class IIa medical devices(we gave them an exclusive). I have contacted them to see if they are aware of the regulations. Let's keep sharing info on this thread to keep us all updated on our issues.
Thanks,
Bridget
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