Procedure for Marketing Authorization of Medical Devices and In-vitro Diagnostic Devices

Procedure for Marketing Authorization of Medical Devices and In-vitro Diagnostic Devices

TMDA is mandate to authorize the marketing of medical devices (MD) and in-vitro diagnostic devices (IVDDs) under Section 51 of the Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Act. The Authority has established two procedures for marketing authorizations depending on the risk associated with the MD or IVDD. According to The Tanzania Medicines and Medical devices (Control of Medical Devices) Regulations, 2015, all class A, B, C and D devices get market approval through registration while a selected class A devices (request list from MMDC) attain market approval through notification.

Classification of Medical Devices and In-vitro Diagnostic Devices

Medical devices are classified according to the risks resulting from the use of the device, and in-vitro diagnostics according to the risk is associated with the implications of the results they produce either to the individual or public.

Medical devices:

Class Risk Level Device Examples
A Low Risk Surgical retractors / tongue depressors
B Low-moderate Risk Hypodermic Needles / suction equipment
C Moderate-high Risk Lung ventilator / bone fixation plate
D High Risk Heart valves / implantable defibrillator

In-vitro diagnostic devices;

Class Risk Level Device Examples
A Low Individual Risk and Low Public Health Risk Specimen Receptacles, prepared selective culture media
B Moderate Individual Risk and/or Low Public Health Risk Vitamin B12, Pregnancy self-testing,Anti-Nuclear Antibody, Urine test strips
C High Individual Risk and/or Moderate Public Health Risk Blood glucose self-testing, HLA typing,PSA screening, Rubella, Malaria
D High Individual Risk and High Public Health Risk HIV Blood donor screening, HIV Blood diagnostic

Rules for classification are prescribed in the First Schedule of the Tanzania Medicines and Medical devices (Control of Medical Devices) Regulations, 2015. These rules are based on international practices and are in line with the rules of the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF). Classification rules for medical devices and In-vitro diagnostic devices are also outlined under Annex III of Guidelines on Submission of Documentation for Registration of Medical Devices, third edition, April 2020 and Annex I of Guidelines on submission of Documentation for Registration of In-vitro Diagnostic Devices, third edition, April 2020.

How to apply for Market Authorization (Registration)
Step 1:
  • Classify your medical device or in-vitro diagnostic device; then
  • Confirm the procedure for authorization i.e., registration or notification
Step 2:
Step 3:
Post Registration Procedures

Validity of the registered product is five (5) years, after which it’s subject for renewal. For changes related to any registered medical devices and In-vitro diagnostic devices, the Market Authorization Holder must lodge a variation application.

Renewals and variations are applied for through the online Trader Portal

Detailed information of requirements for registration, renewal and changes (variation) of the registered Medical Devices and In-vitro diagnostic devices they can be found in the Guidelines;

Notification of Medical gases
What are medical gases?

Medical gases are gases utilized in hospitals and healthcare facilities as a key component in life supporting systems. These include gases used for anesthesia and life support. They are packed as compressed gas under pressure in cylinders or liquefied gas at high or low pressure and administered to patients through designated valves or evaporation and delivery by using hospital delivery systems.


Requirements for dealers of medical gases

All dealers/importers in medical devices gases need to be registered at TMDA.

Applications for business permits and premise registration can be made through the online Trader Portal. Processing of premise applications is done by TMDA Zone offices.

For detailed information about premises registration click here


How to apply for notification of medical gases
  • Register premise at TMDA
  • Lodge an application through the Trader Portal
  • Upload supporting documentation as follows:
    1. Name & physical form of the gas;
    2. Name of manufacturer (for imported gases);
    3. Pressure and//or concentration;
    4. Intended use of the gas; and
    5. Brief description of the container closure system