Forward Regulatory Plan 2019-2021: Regulations amending Certain Regulations Under the Food and Drugs Act (Post-Market Surveillance of Medical Devices)

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Regulations amending Certain Regulations Under the Food and Drugs Act (Post-Market Surveillance of Medical Devices)

Enabling Act

Food and Drugs Act


Health Canada is proposing to amend the Medical Devices Regulations (MDR) to strengthen the post-market surveillance and risk management of medical devices in Canada.

This proposal includes bringing in regulations to support the life cycle amendments of Vanessa's Law for medical devices. It also includes adding an information request tool to assess the safety of a device and implementing a periodic proactive surveillance reporting requirement for medical device manufacturers. A minor change supporting the principles of harmonization is being made to Part 1 (General).

Providing additional oversight on medical devices already in use would help promote safety and effectiveness for medical devices.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

These regulations are not subject to a regulatory cooperation work plan with provincial, territorial or foreign regulatory partners. Some of the proposed regulations were modelled after European or American regulations, such as annual summary reports or the requirement to submit tests and studies.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

This regulatory initiative is expected to bring benefits to Canadians as Health Canada would be able to provide more accurate and timely information to Canadian patients regarding the risks and benefits of medical devices.

There would be an impact on the medical device industry. This regulatory initiative would place increased requirements on industry, including reporting requirements. However, industry would benefit from increased clarity on what to report and when.

There are no significant impacts expected on international trade or investment.


A Notice of Intent (NOI) was published on April 10, 2018, and sent directly to Canadian and foreign medical device manufacturers and medical device establishment licence holders.

Presentations to industry regarding the proposed life cycle amendments and proactive surveillance requirements were made between the months of May and July 2018. Health Canada also engaged in a targeted information session in November of 2018.

A webinar was held on January 15, 2019 to seek stakeholder input on a survey to assist in the development of a cost-benefit analysis.

A regulatory proposal was pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on June 15, 2019 for a 70-day comment period.

The publication of the amendments to the regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part ll, is expected to take place in spring 2020.

Further information

A draft guidance document will be published on the Government of Canada website in summer 2019.

Additional information can be requested from the Departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

Bruno Rodrigue
Executive Director
Office of Legislative and Regulatory Modernization
Policy, Planning and International Affairs Directorate
Health Products and Food Branch
Health Canada

Telephone: 613-946-6586
Email address:

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

October 1, 2018

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