Medical Device Classification Rules in China

I.    China's medical device classification management system

China implements classified management of medical devices according to the degree of risk.

The Class I is the medical device that is low-risk and requires routine management to ensure its safety and effectiveness.

The Class II is the medical device that is moderate-risk and requires strict control and management to ensure their safety and effectiveness.

The Class III is the medical device that is high-risk and requires special measures to strictly control management to ensure their safety and effectiveness.

To evaluate the degree of risk of medical devices, factors such as the intended purpose, structural characteristics, and methods of use of medical devices should be considered.


Class I

Class II

Class III

Registration Procedure




Production Procedure



Manufacturing License

Distributing Procedure



Distributing License

II.    Regulatory documents related to medical device classification

1.   Medical Device Classification Rules (CFDA No. 15)

2.   Medical Device Classification Catalogue

3.   New edition of the Medical Device Classification Catalogue (No. 104 of 2017)

III.    Overview of the latest edition of the Medical Device Classification Catalogue

Overview of the latest edition of the Medical Device Classification Catalogue

-    The structure of the new edition of the Catalogue of Medical Devices


Version 2002

New Version




Product Category

First-level subdirectory



Second-level subdirectory


Referenced Products



Settings of Subdirectory

Distribution of Subdirectory

Surgical Medical Device

01.   Active surgical device

02.   Passive surgical device

03.   Neurosurgical and cardiovascular surgical device

04.   Orthopedic surgical device

Active Medical Device

05.   Radiotherapy device

06.   Medical imaging device

07.   Medical examination and monitoring device

08.   Breathing, anesthesia and first-aid devices

09.   Physiotherapy device

10.   Blood transfusion, dialysis and extracorporeal circulation device

11.   Sterilizing device for medical devices

12.   Active implant device

Passive Medical Device

13.   Passive implant device

14.   Injection, infusion, nursing and protective device

15.   Device to carry patients

According to clinical departments

16.   Ophthalmic device

17.   Stomatological device

18.   Gynecological, assisted reproductive, and contraceptive devices


19.   Medical rehabilitation device

20.   Device for traditional Chinese medicine

21.   Medical software

22.   clinical examination device

Note: IVD reagents and combination kits are not included in the new catalogue

If you are unsure of the classification of your product, you could apply for a medical device classification from NMPA, the more detail and procedure of classification application can be found here.


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