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Vietnam: Ministry of Health Releases Circular to Repeal Existing Regulations

On 14 November 2023, the Vietnam Ministry of Health released Circular 20/2023/TT-BYT repealing some legal regulations issued by the Ministry of Health. By January 1, 2024, the following regulations will be completely revoked:

RegulationRegulation DateProvision
Directive No. 06/2008/CT-BYTJune 27, 2008The enhancement of the quality of healthcare personnel training
Decision No. 379/2002/QD-BYTFebruary 8, 2002Issuance of regulations on health statistics
Circular No. 29/2014/TT-BYTAugust 14, 2014Regulating forms and reporting regimes for health statistics applied to private medical examination and treatment facilities
Circular No. 19/2015/TT-BYTJuly 15, 2015Inspection, handling, review, and systematization of legal normative documents in the field of state management by the Ministry of Health
Circular No. 30/2015/TT-BYTOctober 12, 2015Regulations for the importation of medical equipment

In addition, some legal normative regulations have been partially repealed upon the effectivity of the circular, which includes the relevant provisions regarding the importation of in vitro diagnostic products in Circular No. 47/2010/TT-BYT dated December 29, 2010, by the Ministry of Health guiding the export and import activities of drugs and packaging directly in contact with drugs.

According to Decree No. 07/2023/NĐ-CP which amends some articles of Decree No. 98/2021/NĐ-CP, the import license for both IVD and non-IVD will be valid until 31 Dec 2024. However, medical devices that have valid import licenses until 31 Dec 2024 are still allowed to import since the legal value of Decree 07/2023/NĐ-CP outweighs the legal value of Circular 20/2023.

MOH will provide written instructions to businesses for further updates.

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