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REGULATORY AUTHORITY: Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA)
Medical Devices: I/II/III/IV
TIME FRAME: No official timelines are published by the authority, however, according to our experience it will take up to 1 month to register low-risk products and up to 6 months to register medium to high-risk products.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Inspection to a foreign manufacturing facility (for high risk devices) might be required after or before the dossier evaluation is completed. A desktop inspection (document review) is applicable for manufacturers approved by Stringent Regulatory Authorities (SRAs) and/or World Health Organization (WHO) prequalified products.
LOCAL FEES (New Application):
Medical Devices and IVDs (all classes)
New product registration: USD 65 (including dossier pre-screening and evaluation)
Minor variation: USD 15
Major variation: USD 20
Annual retention fee (renewal): USD 20
LOCAL FEES (Manufacture):
Foreign manufacturing facility inspection:
On-site: USD 7,500
Desktop: USD 3,500
LICENSE VALIDITY: 5 years
LICENSE TRANSFER: The license holder can be switched to the new one by cancelling the old license holder and then appointing the new one. New product registration is required.
AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE: Manufacturers without local presence must appoint a company or legal person established within Ethiopia to become their Authorized Representative (AR).
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