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Navigating the Path to Obtain Medical Device Licenses in Canada

In the realm of Canada's medical device market, attaining the necessary licensing is paramount for manufacturers, importers, and distributors. The licensing falls into two primary categories, namely the Medical Device License (MDL) and Medical Device Establishment License (MDEL), regulated by Health Canada.
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The MDL is requisite for Classes II, III, and IV medical devices. To obtain this license, manufacturers must align with the Canada Medical Device Regulations (CMDR). Essential to this process is the attainment of the MDSAP certificate, dispensed by Health Canada authorized Conformity Assessment Bodies (CAB). Every device class has a distinct application form, ensuring specificity in addressing regulatory requirements. Moreover, private labelers are eligible to apply for an MDL post the issuance of the original manufacturer’s license, using a specialized application distinct from the original manufacturers.

On the other hand, MDEL caters to the manufacturing, importation, and distribution of Class I devices. It’s also a mandate for importers and distributors across all device classes. Adherence to Health Canada Documented Procedures is crucial in this regard, especially incorporating concrete SOPs for complaint handling and device recalls. Remarkably, Class I device manufacturers are exempt from holding an MDEL, contingent on their importers and distributors possessing this license.

The annual renewal process for these licenses underscores their significance. MDEL holders undergo a review before April 1st annually, while MDL renewals are due before November 1st for all device classes, entailing a distinct application process from the initial application.

SOPs such as incident reporting and distribution records are integral components of the CMDR compliance. Ensuring a streamlined and efficient incident reporting mechanism, and maintaining meticulous distribution records, amplifies the credibility of the application for both MDL and MDEL.

Health Canada regulatory consultants, like those at The MedNerds, are instrumental in navigating these complex waters. Their adeptness in MDSAP Compliance and profound expertise in Canadian Medical Device regulations ensures that selecting the appropriate application, adhering to SOPs, and complying with product recalls and complaint handling procedures is not a daunting task but a seamless process.

Connect with our seasoned professionals at to embark on a hassle-free journey of attaining and renewing your MDL and MDEL, ensuring your medical devices seamlessly meet and exceed the regulatory thresholds set by Health Canada.


At The MedNerds, we are committed to providing exceptional services to support your business. Our expertise in regulatory compliance and quality assurance will give you the confidence to navigate the complex landscape of the healthcare industry. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help you.

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