Cancellation of MDELs for failure to pay fees
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- Fees for Medical Device Establishment Licences (MDELs)
- Authority to withhold services in case of non-payment
- Cancellation of existing MDELs
- Resuming activities after MDEL cancellation
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Fees for Medical Device Establishment Licences (MDELs)
We issue Medical Device Establishment Licences (MDELs) to:
- class I manufacturers
- importers or distributors of all device classes for human use in Canada
The MDEL fee is a flat fee, regardless of when we receive your initial application. The same fee applies to applications for:
- a new MDEL
- the reinstatement of a suspended MDEL
- the annual licence review (ALR) of an MDEL
If you submit any of these applications, you must pay the MDEL fee when you receive an invoice. See Part 3, Division 2 of the Fees in Respect of Drugs and Medical Devices Order.
Normally, we collect the MDEL fee before we review an application. However, to help meet the demand for medical devices during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been reviewing and processing MDEL applications before collecting the fees. As a result, some MDEL holders still haven't paid the fees for their 2020 initial MDEL application, despite multiple reminders.
Authority to withhold services in case of non-payment
As stated in the Food and Drug Act, Health Canada has the authority to withhold services, approvals, rights and/or privileges, if the fee for an MDEL application is not paid.
Non-payment of fees
- 30.64: The Minister may withdraw or withhold a service, the use of a facility, a regulatory process or approval or a product, right or privilege under this Act from any person who fails to pay the fee fixed for it under subsection 30.61(1).
For more information, please refer to:
- Guidance on Medical Device Establishment Licensing (GUI-0016)
- Fees for the Review of Medical Device Establishment Licence Applications
Cancellation of existing MDELs
We will cancel MDELs for existing MDEL holders with outstanding fees for:
- initial applications or
- annual licence review applications
If your establishment licence is cancelled, you are no longer authorized to conduct licensable activities (such as manufacturing, distributing or importing medical devices). You must stop licensable activities as soon as you receive your cancellation notice.
Resuming activities after MDEL cancellation
To find out how to re-apply for a MDEL, please refer to our Guidance on medical device establishment licensing (GUI-0016).
In line with the Compliance and Enforcement Policy (POL-0001), Health Canada monitors activities for compliance. If your MDEL has been cancelled, you may be subject to compliance and enforcement actions if you conduct non-compliant activities.
If you have questions about a MDEL or the application process, please contact the Medical Device Establishment Licensing Unit at email@example.com.
If you have questions about invoicing and fees for an MDEL application, please contact the Cost Recovery Invoicing Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Medical devices establishment licence listing
- COVID-19 medical device establishment licence (MDEL) suspensions
- Medical device establishment licence (MDEL) application: Instructions (FRM-0292)
- Guidance on medical device establishment licensing (GUI-0016) - Summary
- Guidance: Fees for the review of medical device establishment licence applications
- How to pay your establishment licence fees
- Small business mitigation for drugs and medical devices: How to apply for small business status
- Compliance and enforcement policy for health products (POL-0001)
- Frequently asked questions: Medical device establishment licensing and fees
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