Medical Device Registration and Approval in Finland

General country-specific regulatory information is provided on this page for medical device registration and approval in Finland. Become a LICENSALE.COM user to receive detailed device-specific compliance information for each market, including Finland, to expedite the preparation of your medical device or IVD registration application.

Medical Device Regulations and Classification in Finland

REGULATORY AUTHORITY: Devices are regulated by the EU list of Competent Authorities. In Finland, devices are regulated by the Finnish National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health, Valvira.

CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM: Medical devices are classified according to risk into Classes I, IIa, IIb and III.

TIMEFRAME: The registration process takes about 4-6 weeks after submission for Class I devices. For the other classes, it depends on the contract with the notified body and the type of device.

LICENSE VALIDITY: Licenses issued in the EU are valid for five years.

AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE: An authorized representative is required anywhere in the European Union.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: On April 5, 2017, two new Regulations on medical devices were adopted, these entered into force on May 25, 2017 and replaced the existing Directives. The new rules will only apply after a transitional period, namely, 3 years after entry into force for the Regulation on medical devices (spring 2020) and 5 years after entry into force (spring 2022) for the Regulation on in vitro diagnostic medical devices.

Prior to bringing a medical device which may cause a severe health risk into trade in Finland, the manufacturer or an authorized agent (having a registered office in Finland) and the importer of the device must file a notification with the MOH.

Last updated on October 19, 2018.

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