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Consultation: Proposed reclassification of spinal implantable medical devices

11 February 2019

This consultation closed on 31 March 2019.

Invitation to comment

The Australian Government endorsed a significant program of reform to further strengthen the regulation of medicines and medical devices in Australia. As part of the Australian Government Department of Health, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulates these products, and is responsible for implementing the Government's reforms.

Medical devices are regulated in Australia having regard to the risks (to the individual or public health) considered in the context of the device's intended use. The TGA periodically reviews classification rules for medical devices to ensure they continue to be appropriate. When undertaking such reviews, the TGA has regard among other things, to the international best regulatory practice and any emerging issues.

The EU Regulation on medical devices (2017/745) (EU MD Regulation) introduced several amendments to the classification rules effectively reclassifying some categories of medical devices to higher risk classes, including spinal implantable medical devices.

This consultation paper considers the EU regulatory framework as an input into the review and reform of the Australian regulatory requirements for medical devices classification. While the new classification rule in the EU more appropriately reflects the intended use and the risk of medical devices, this paper considers the extent to which a similar approach will be appropriate in the Australian regulatory context, to further our aim of enhancing the smooth functioning of the medical devices market while also achieving high standards of quality, safety and performance.

Consultation documents

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Document released for consultation on Monday, 11 February 2019.

Interested parties should respond by close of business Sunday, 31 March 2019.

Feedback will be released following consideration of submissions. (See 'What will happen').


Submissions must be relevant to the proposed amendments and questions detailed within the consultation paper.

In addition, submissions may include information on:

  • Suggested improvements.
  • Whether or not you support the proposals, including suggestions for alternatives.
  • An assessment of how the proposal will impact on you.


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Recommendations made by the TGA following consideration of submissions from interested parties will be published on the TGA website as outcomes.

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