Medical Device Registration in Malaysia

Medical Device Registration in MalaysiaMalaysia’s medical device market is primarily composed of imports, in particular high-end products. Up until recently, registration of medical devices and medical device establishments with the Malaysian government was voluntary. Now, all medical devices are expected to be registered.

The regulatory consultants at Pacific Bridge Medical can work with you to register your medical devices and obtain approval under Malaysia’s new regulatory system. We will ensure that your products are complaint with the Malaysian device regulations.

Click on the questions below for more information about Malaysia’s medical device registration process, regulations, and pathway to approval.

Which regulatory bodies in the Malaysian government are responsible for medical device registration in Malaysia?

The Malaysian Medical Device Authority (MDA) is in charge of enforcing medical device regulations and medical device registration.

In Malaysia, are medical devices required to be registered before they can be sold?

Yes, medical devices do require registration before they can be sold in Malaysia. The Medical Device Act, which has been in effect in Malaysia since July 1, 2013, introduced the requirement to register medical devices. The transition period for establishment licenses ended on June 30, 2014. Registration of medical devices, including those that have already been sold in Malaysia and all new devices, must be completed by June 30, 2016.

What are the different regulatory classifications for medical devices?

Medical devices in Malaysia are classified into 4 risk classes:

  • Class A: Minimal risk (blood pressure cuffs, scissors, etc.)
  • Class B: Low to moderate risk
  • Class C: Moderate to high risk (moderate to high risk)
  • Class D: Highest risk (implantable devices/devices that significantly affect the physiology of the human body)

What does the registration pathway look like for each regulatory classification?

There are 3 basic steps to registration:

  1. Foreign manufacturers need to appoint an Authorized Representative (AR) in Malaysia, who will register their devices.
    • The AR will act as the foreign manufacturer’s local agent (license holder) during the registration process and after registration approval. The AR also handles mandatory post-market surveillance activities.
    • The AR could be (1) your own subsidiary office in Malaysia, (2) a Malaysian distributor, or (3) an independent third party such as Pacific Bridge Medical.
    • The advantage of appointing an independent third party AR is that sensitive technical information is kept confidential and is not shared with distributors.
  2. The AR prepares the registration application dossier CSDT based on the technical information from foreign manufacturer and submits it to the Malaysian Medical Device Authority (MDA) through an online system.
  3. An independent Conformity Assessment Body (CAB), which needs to be different from the one engaged by the foreign manufacturer in other countries, reviews the same registration application dossier and then issues a CAB certificate that is submitted to the MDA.
    • The MDA will not approve the product until a CAB certificate is obtained.

A major problem is that the MDA has not yet specified which documents the CAB needs to review. Thus, no devices are currently being approved and it could be several months or even a few years before the MDA develops an efficient registration approval system. To remedy this problem, the MDA created a “transition list.”

  • If a manufacturer (through their AR) submits a registration application dossier for their device to the MDA by June 30, 2015, then their device goes on the “transition list” and can be imported and sold in Malaysia after July 1st even without registration approval.
  • If a manufacturer (through their AR) submits a registration application dossier AFTER June 30, they will NOT be able to sell their device in Malaysia until after registration approval.  This could take a few years due to the major backlog of applications the MDA and the CABS have to review.
  • Generally speaking, the products on the transition list will be approved first before products NOT on the transition list.

What are the document requirements for registration in Malaysia?

The medical device registration form requires the following components:

  • General information on the medical device
  • Information on manufacturer of medical device
  • Grouping of medical device
  • Common Submission Dossier Template (CSDT)
  • Post-market vigilance history
  • Declaration of conformity
  • Attestation for medical device registration

Is local testing (type testing/sample testing) required for registration?

No, local testing is not required for medical device registration in Malaysia.

Are clinical studies required for registration in Malaysia?

No, clinical studies are generally not required for registration in Malaysia.

Is approval in the Country of Origin required for registration?

No, Malaysia does not currently require approval in the Country of Origin for the registration of medical devices.

If you are ready to begin your medical device registration process in Malaysia, please contact us today.

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