JTP provides total solution for entering medical device market in Japan, from the approval process to the post-marketing support.

The medical devices market in Japan is growing continuously by the rapid aging in Japan. In 2014, the medical device regulations has revised to Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Law (PMDL) from the Japan’s Pharmaceutical Affairs Law (PAL). Since medical devices classification has added to PMDL, the regulation is optimized for medical devices which selling in shorter cycle compared from pharmaceuticals. The license system and classification had been simplified and mitigated, so it makes easier to enter the market in Japan. But still, the complicated processes of approval and classification of the devices are different from foreign market, and it is a challenge for the manufacturer. JTP provide continuous support for entering the market to business development by offering the total support including acting for approval, marketing channel selection and post-marketing support.

Market Entry Challenges for Overseas Manufacturers


Japan-Specific Device Classification and the Application Process

Market-entry to Japan’s market got to be a little bit simpler by revising from PAL to PMDL. But still, holding the certain licenses and meeting the Japanese law are required to sell the medical devices in Japan.


Expanding Sales Channels

In Japan, medical device manufacturers do not sell directly their own products to medical institute and go through a medical device dealer to do so. This means that in order to enter the market, foreign manufacturers need to make relationships with medical device dealers.


Operations in Japanese language

All documentation and applications are required to be prepared in Japanese, and communication with all related entities including the dealers need to take place in the local language.

Our Strengths

Service Offering Includes Post-Marketing Services

JTP handles all processes to sell the products to medical institutes on behalf of the manufacturers. The one-stop support solution reaches the approval process, the sales channel select and the post-marketing support (repair/check). This service makes your business cost effective by fast and suitable entering to the market in Japan.

Service Offering Includes Post-Marketing Services



Download materials on the classifications of medical devices and PMDL revision in Japan

These materials provide a following contents to know the details about medical devices in Japan:
– summary of revisions to the Japan Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Law (PMDL)
– information on the classifications related with medical devices, licenses, approval and repairs

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