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New Electronic Formatting Requirements in Canada for Class III and IV MDL Applications

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Canada’s medical device market regulator Health Canada has published new guidance requiring electronic formatting for most higher-risk Class III and IV Medical Device License (MDL) applications.

MDL application rules from Health Canada for medical devicesSet to take effect December 1, 2014, the new rules will require Class III and IV MDL applicants to submit premarket review documentation using one of three electronic formatting options: Health Canada’s guidance on supporting evidence, Summary Technical Documentation (STED) or the International Medical Device Regulators Forum’s Table of Contents.

The guidance includes instructions for folder structures and naming conventions to be used in electronic applications, as well as acceptable media to use in submitting applications.

The new electronic filing requirements guidance does not apply to Class II MDL applications, faxback amendments or Investigational Testing Authorizations. Health Canada plans to address filing requirements for these types of documents in a separate guidance.

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