May 8, 2018


  • Saudi regulators have delayed enforcement of a new expedited market pathway for Class I non-sterile, non-measuring medical devices.
  • Starting in September 2018, qualifying devices may apply for listing in the Saudi Medical Device National Registry (MDNR) without undergoing full SFDA review.

Saudi Arabia MDNR expedited market access for Class I low-risk medical devicesThe Saudi Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) has pushed back compliance deadlines for a new registration pathway for low-risk medical devices.

According to a notice (link in Arabic) published by the SFDA, enforcement deadlines for Class I non-sterile, non-measuring devices to register under the new Medical Device National Registry (MDNR) market authorization pathway have been moved from May to September 2018.

As previously reported by Emergo, the new route will enable qualifying manufacturers to list their products in the Saudi MDNR without undergoing full Medical Device Marketing Authorization (MDMA) review.

After the September 2018 deadline, Class I non-sterile, non-measuring devices will have to meet SFDA MDNR requirements in order to enter the Saudi market. SFDA extended its enforcement deadline to prevent any disruptions to healthcare provider and patient access to these devices.

Related Saudi Arabian medical device market resources from Emergo:


  • Stewart Eisenhart