Health Canada has updated the list of medical devices for mandatory reporting of shortages in relation to COVID-19

MDEL Bulletin December 3, 2020, from the Medical Devices Compliance Program

On March 30, 2020, the Minister of Health signed the Interim Order Respecting Drugs, Medical Devices and Foods for a Special Dietary Purpose in relation to COVID-19. This makes it mandatory for manufacturers and importers to report shortages of specified medical devices related to COVID-19, as well as their:

Health Canada maintains the List of Medical Devices - Notification of Shortages. It is incorporated by reference in the interim order and may be amended from time to time. Manufacturers and importers must report shortages by completing the electronic shortages reporting form.

The List of Medical Devices - Notification of Shortages was updated on November 30, 2020, and now includes:

Manufacturers and importers are responsible for regularly reviewing the List of Medical Devices - Notification of Shortages. They must ensure that they submit mandatory shortage reports for the required medical devices. Health Canada will not notify companies each time this list updates.

We encourage manufacturers and importers to voluntarily report shortages for medical devices not related to COVID-19 when:

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