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Japanese Pharmaceutical Affairs Law (PAL)

Japanese Pharmaceutical Affairs Law (PAL)

Is Your Medical Equipment Certified in Japan?

Doing business in another country presents many challenges – compliance with local laws can be one of the most challenging. TÜV Rheinland can help with Japan’s Pharmaceutical Affairs Law (PAL).

The intent of the PAL is to harmonize requirements and reduce some of the conflicting demands by incorporating the guidance documents of the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF). This includes quality management systems (QMS) requirements based on the ISO 13485:2003 norm.

TÜV Rheinland is registered with the Japanese Minister of Health, Labor, and Welfare as a third-party certification body. We can therefore perform your “control medical device” certification, according to revised PAL Article 23-2. We also perform ISO 13485 certification, as required in the revised PAL.

Benefits at a Glance

With Japanese PAL services from TÜV Rheinland, you can be sure of:

  • Compliance with various safety measures and post-marketing safety measures, such as Good Clinical Practices (GCP), Good Quality Practices (GQP), and Good Vigilance Practices (GVP)
  • Compliance with the ISO 13485:2003
  • Worldwide market access
  • Meeting set standards and regulations
  • Gaining a lead against the competition with a neutral audit seal
  • Reduced risk of company liability with documented safety standards
  • Fast audit times and long-standing experience of a company with a global presence
  • TÜV Rheinland’s exclusive, one-stop service
  • Compliance with local government and legal requirements

Our Medical Equipment Certification Services

Delivered by knowledgeable and experienced experts, our services include:

  • Assessment of the safety and effectiveness of the medical device
  • Assessment of the manufacturer’s quality management system compliance with the ISO 13485 norm and specific deviations of Japanese regulations


TÜV Rheinland’s approach is as follows:

  • Determine the classification of your device according to the Japan Pharmaceutical Affairs Law (PAL).
  • Appoint a Marketing Authorization Holder (MAH) – company and device registrations must be done through the MAH, which controls device registration.
  • Submit application for “Foreign Manufacturer Accreditation.”
  • Implement the ISO 13485 Quality Management System (QMS), which also complies with PAL.
  • Prepare and submit pre-market approval application and registration dossier.
  • Conduct audit.
  • Issue pre-market certificate.

Products Covered

Our services cover electromedical products.

More Information

Japan’s Pharmaceutical Affairs Law (PAL) establishes regulations covering the manufacturing and distribution of medical devices and pharmaceutical products in Japan. This law was revised by the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare and went into effect on April 1, 2005.

There are two components of the PAL regulations that are key to doing business in Japan: “Kyoka” and “Shonin”:

  • “Kyoka” – a kind of business license required for Marketing Authorization Holders (MAH), manufacturers, repairers, and distributors. If the manufacturing facilities are located outside of Japan, these foreign manufacturing facilities are required to obtain Foreign Manufacturer Accreditation instead of a Manufacturer License.
  • “Shonin” – to market medical devices in Japan, the MAH must register the device through the following procedures:
    • Pre-market submission (Todokede) - Class I medical devices
    • Pre-market certification (Ninsho) - Class II medical devices
    • Pre-market approval (Shonin) - Class II, III, and IV medical devices

Related Services from TÜV Rheinland

If you’re interested in TÜV Rheinland’s Japanese PAL services, you may also be interested in these services:

  • CB scheme approvals
  • GMP certification
  • Medical product safety
  • CE certification of medical devices
  • International approval
  • EMC
  • EN ISO 13485 (and EN ISO 9001)
  • Certification of QM systems for processing medical devices in risk categories up to and including C-critical
  • GM mark
  • TUVdotCOM
  • AIMD
  • MDD
  • VDD directives
  • Canada CMDCAS
  • FDA 510(k) third party services


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