AUSTRALIA: Regulatory changes for software based medical devices – May, 2021
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has implemented reforms to the regulation of software based medical devices. These regulations commenced on February 25, 2021 for new applications for inclusion in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). The clarification of the boundary for software-based products regulated as medical devices in Australia is important to ensure sponsors and manufacturers of software-based products are not subject to unnecessary regulatory oversight. Certain software-based medical devices have been carved out (through either an exemption or exclusion) from the scope of the TGA regulation. The transition period (ending November 1, 2024) applies to sponsors of eligible medical devices already included in the ARTG, or included in the ARTG because of an application lodged before 25 February 2021.