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    What New CDRH Guidance is Coming in FY 2018: Alternative 510(k) Pathway and More

    While recognizing that comparison testing for 510(k) applicants can be outdated, especially for newer medical devices, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that in the first quarter of 2018, new draft guidance will be released to address an alternative pathway for demonstrating substantial equivalence. The creation of this voluntary, alternative 510(k) pathway, first announced back in September , "will allow more flexibility to use more moder...
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    FDA Offers its Views on Medical Device Trials

    Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) took to the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday to explain the wide array of clinical trial designs and data sources that may be used to support the safety and effectiveness of medical devices. Unlike for pharmaceuticals, which generally see double-blind, randomized, Phase 3 trials assessing outcomes prior to approval, "practical limitations related ...
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    CDRH Seeks Participants for Staff Training Program

    Medical device companies and other stakeholders have until 30 April to apply to be a part of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Experiential Learning Program (ELP), which is meant to help agency staffers better understand medical devices.  The training program, which is not intended for FDA to inspect, assess, judge, or perform a regulatory function (e.g., compliance inspection), is "is intended to provide CDRH ...
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    CDRH Lays Out Guidance Plans for FY 2017

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Thursday released a list of 12 final guidance documents and four draft guidances that it will make a priority to publish in FY 2017. The final guidance documents on the so-called “A-list” deal with some hot-button issues, including the use of real world evidence (which is also included on CDRH’s top 10 list of science priorities for 2017) to support medical device regulato...
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    CDRH Outlines Top 10 Science Priorities for 2017

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) plans to leverage real-world evidence and more “Big Data” for regulatory decisions, according to a list of its science priorities for 2017. As far as what will change between 2016 and 2017, the 13-page report says that thanks to more “needs submissions from staff,” CDRH was able to identify new topic areas, including clinical trial design and precision medicine, as well as desc...
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    FDA Looks to Fine-Tune the Balance Between Premarket Device Data and Postmarket Requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Monday announced that it has completed its target goal under its 2014-2015 strategic priority on striking the right balance between premarket and postmarket data. The goal for CDRH was to review 100% of the medical devices subject to a premarket approval applications (PMAs) approved prior to 2010 to determine, for each product code, whether or not to reduce premarket data co...
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    MDUFA IV: Industry, FDA Iron Out Specifics of $500M Deal

    Industry representatives and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met twice in late January to continue hashing out what will be included in the fourth reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA). In the 27 January meeting, FDA estimated that the additional resources to implement such proposals over the five-year authorization period of MDUFA IV would total $500 million, without inflationary adjustments, and in addition to the base amount of user fees...
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    FDA Lays Out New Areas of Interest for Training Device Review Staff

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Friday invited industry, academia, and health care facilities to participate again in a program that helps train medical device review staff. The 2015 Experiential Learning Program (ELP) General Training Program, which was first launched in September 2011, is intended to provide CDRH staff with a better understanding of the policies, laboratory practices and challenges of t...
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    FDA, Stakeholders Reveal Top Priorities for MDUFA IV Reauthorization

    As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and industry look to deliver recommendations to Congress on the reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA) by January 2017, both sides agreed to limit their focus to three top priorities for future stakeholder meetings. The topics nominated in late October as the top priorities include how to incorporate patient perspectives into FDA reviews, how postmarket and premarket device evidence will be better ut...
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    FDA Sees Record-High PMA Approval Rate for 2015

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has approved nearly every Premarket Approval Application (PMA) it received for medical devices in 2015 and the spike may be linked to FDA’s improved assessment of PMA deficiencies earlier in the review process. The 98% approval rating in 2015 for PMAs is the highest FDA has seen in at least 15 years, and 8% higher than the next highest from 2005, according to a 371-page quarterl...
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    CDRH Increases Foreign Quality System Inspections

    Although the number of quality system surveillance inspections only rose slightly between 2013 and 2014 overall, the number of such inspections for foreign manufacturers increased by nearly 30%, according to new data released by the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). CDRH said the new numbers show that the agency, which previously upped its inspections of foreign generic drug manufacturers , has been working to increase inspections in foreign count...
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    CDRH Unveils Top Regulatory Science Priorities for 2016

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) will look to better leverage big data and advance the use of patient-reported outcomes in regulatory decision making, according to a top 10 list of regulatory science priorities released on Tuesday. The release of the list coincides with the overarching goal of CDRH regulatory science, which is to help develop and apply tools, standards and methodologies to study the safety, eff...