Medical Devices Regulatory Services
in Brazil

Overview

Brazil is one of the biggest countries in South America. It is one of the fastest growing markets for Medical Devices in the world. Brazil spends hugely on healthcare boosting the Medical Devices development locally. The country has established regulations in place, and it governs Medical Devices through National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA - Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária) under the Ministry of Health.

Regulatory Authority: Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)

Regulation: RDC 185/2001

Regulatory Pathway: Cadastro and Registro

Authorized Representative: Brazil Registration Holder (BRH) Required

QMS Requirement: Brazilian GMP/MDSAP

Assessment of Technical Data: ANVISA

Labeling Requirements: Annex III.B of RDC 185/2001

Submission Format: Paper & Electronic

Language: Brazilian Portuguese/English

Brazil Medical Device Classification

In the ANVISA Regulatory process, the first step in determining the registration path and compliance with Brazilian regulations is to ascertain the classification of the Medical Device. In Brazil, devices are classified into four classes based on risk (Class I-IV).

Medical Device Class

Criteria

Class I

Low Risk

Class II

Medium Risk

Class III

High risk

Class IV

Maximum Risk

Brazil Registration Holder (BRH)

Foreign manufacturers who intend to market their Medical Devices in Brazil must appoint a Brazilian Registration Holder (BRH), i.e. an Authorized Local Representative responsible for submitting necessary documents to the ANVISA for registration procedure. A BRH maintains control of the manufacturer’s device registration and BGMP certification, where applicable. BRH is also involved in the coordination with the distributors for the import authorization of each shipment.

Brazil Medical Device Registration

In Brazil, the device registration is done through Cadastro or Registro processes based on the device classification (Class I, II, III and IV) which also decides the extent of scrutiny involved for approval. Further, all the medical device manufacturers need to comply with the Brazilian Good Manufacturing Process (BGMP), which is in line with ISO 13485:2016. The complex, stringent and extensive Regulatory regime makes the process daunting.

Process flow

Post Approval Services

Freyr supports the foreign manufacturers in end-to-end Medical Device life-cycle Management, including post approval activities, such as –

  • Post approval change management - modifications to existing medical device approvals such as, addition of new variants, accessories; addition of new indications of use among others
  • Maintenance of approvals and registration through timely payment of administrative and registration fees
  • Renewal of licenses
  • Liaising between ANVISA and the manufacturer
  • Importation Management

Freyr assists manufacturers to identify the Device Classification as a first step. Freyr helps clients in procuring certifications such as, INMETRO and BGMP by helping in rectifying the Regulatory hassles involved. With proven expertise in launching numerous devices in the region, Freyr offers end-to-end Regulatory services for Medical Devices.

Summary

Class

Registration Pathway

Timelines

Validity of Registration

Class I Devices

Notification

30 days

Until cancelled

Class II Devices

Cadastro

(Simplified Registration)

1 and 5 months

Until cancelled

Class III Devices

Registro

(Full Registration)

4 and 12 months

10 years

Class IV Devices

Registro

(Full Registration)

4 and 12 months

10 years

Expertise

Freyr Expertise

  • Regulatory Due-Diligence support
  • Official Classification
  • BGMP Certification
  • MDSAP Certification
  • INMETRO Certification
  • Economic Information Report (EIR) support
  • Device Registration
  • Brazilian Registration Holder (BRH) services
  • Operating Permits and authorizations
  • Translation services
  • Labeling services
  • Distributor identification and qualification services
  • Post Approval Change Management
  • Renewal and transfer services