China SFDA Hosts Meeting of US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT)

The US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Subgroup meeting took place on April 13 in Chengdu, China. The Director General of the Department of Medical Devices in the SFDA, Wang Baoting,
presented on the SFDA’s efforts to finalize “The Supervision and Administration Measure of Medical Devices.” This Measure outlines the responsibilities of various medical device regulation agencies and is slated to be published later this year.

Wang stated that a Center of the Medical Device Standards Administration will be established. This Center will research standards systems, focus on device classification, and supervise standardization committees.

The Director General also reported that the SFDA has had an increase in capacity and in staffing given the increase in regulations and in medical device imports.

At the meeting, the Medical Device Task Force discussed requirements on clinical trials, country of origin registration, combination products, and classification of diagnostic imaging equipment and IVDs. For each of these agenda points, the Director General Wang answered questions from US medical device industry experts about the complexities and problems that arise from existing regulations The Director General stated that these concerns would be taken into consideration as medical device rules and regulations are drafted.