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    2020 Guidance: CDRH Offers a Look at What’s Coming

    FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Friday released its FY 2020 draft and final guidance list, which features a few repeats from last year and new drafts coming on device servicing and remanufacturing, unique device identification and patient-reported outcome measures used in device submissions, among others. As in years past, CDRH divides the list between “A-list” draft and final guidances, which are a priority, and a smaller “B-list” of draft an...
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    FDA Clears First Rapid Diagnostic Test for Ebola

    The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday allowed the marketing of the first rapid diagnostic test for the Ebola virus that has not been authorized via the agency’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) pathway. OraSure Technologies’ OraQuick Ebola Rapid Antigen Test, which provides a rapid, presumptive diagnosis that must be confirmed, gained market entry via CDRH's De Novo review pathway less than five mont...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Streamlined IVD Reviews for Cancer Clinical Trials

    As part of a push to reduce administrative burdens, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance on an optional streamlined submission process for determining the risk of an investigational in vitro diagnostic (IVD) in a clinical trial where an investigational IVD is being co-developed with an oncology investigational drug. The submission process, first proposed in draft guidance in April 2018 , is meant to help sponsors determine if an IVD...
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    FDA to Further Investigate Implantable Devices Containing Certain Metals

    Following concerns and reported adverse events linking biological responses to certain types of materials in medical devices, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said recently that it will further engage stakeholders to investigate metal-containing implants and dental amalgam. Part of that engagement will involve a public advisory committee meeting of the Immunology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee on 13-14 November, which will discuss the...
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    FDA Explains What Mobile Apps Are No Longer Devices

    A section of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and removed certain software functions from the definition of a medical device. In addition to drafting new guidance on clinical decision support software, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released final guidance explaining what digital health products are no longer devices and are no longer subject to FDA regulations. Examples of such...
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    Electronic Device Submissions: FDA Drafts Guidance

    Thanks to the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA) , the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday published a new draft guidance with “both binding and nonbinding provisions” related to electronic submissions for medical devices. At the outset of the seven-page draft, FDA warns that it has concluded “that it is not feasible to describe and implement the electronic format(s) that would apply” to all the device submissions in one guidance document, so this g...
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    CDRH Takes First Step to Operationalize New Safety and Performance Based Pathway

    As part of work to implement the optional Safety and Performance Based Pathway for medical devices, the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Thursday issued four draft guidance documents identifying performance criteria and testing methodologies for certain devices within four class II device types. CDRH also released updated final guidance explaining the new pathway and to further clarify the information FDA wil...
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    Not Quite a Breakthrough Device, FDA Introduces New Safer Technologies Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released draft guidance to introduce a new, voluntary program for certain medical devices and device-led combination products that are expected to improve the safety of currently available treatments or diagnostics but are used for morbidities and mortalities less serious than those eligible for the Breakthrough Devices Program. Devices that may be included in this Safer Technologies Program” or “STeP” may include t...
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    510(k) Submissions: CDRH Releases Four Final Guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Thursday released four final guidance documents on the Special 510(k) program, the abbreviated 510(k) program, how to format traditional and abbreviated 510(k)s and CDRH’s refuse to accept policy for 510(k)s. As part of a wider, ongoing push to modernize FDA’s 510(k) program, the final guidance documents provide more clarity on several programs the agency has been working on...
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    CDRH Committee Discusses Challenges in Communicating Cybersecurity Concerns

    The US Food and Drug and Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Tuesday convened its Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) to discuss the difficulties and challenges in communicating cybersecurity safety risks and threats. Since 2013, CDRH has released safety communication related to eight device cybersecurity concerns, although the center notes that issues are customarily disclosed when there is a software update to fix an is...
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    Help Wanted: CDRH Seeks Experts for 18 Advisory Panels

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Thursday sought nominations for experts to serve as voting members of the Device Good Manufacturing Practice Advisory Committee (DGMPAC) and panels that make up the Medical Devices Advisory Committee (MDAC). For DGMPAC, FDA is seeking experts in medical device quality management system requirements/current Good Manufacturing Practices, with experience in both 21 CFR part 820...
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    Survey From CDRH Officials Finds Informed Consent Process Needs Improving

    Informed consent forms (ICFs) may meet the necessary regulatory requirements but are often not written in a way to promote comprehension among clinical trial participants, a new research article from six officials in the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) found. The officials surveyed 399 ICFs from investigational device exemption (IDE) applications for fiscal years 2015 and 2016, finding that overall, the ICFs were...