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    As FDA Tries to Regulate Lab-Developed Tests, Congress Signals Potential Opposition

    Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would soon seek to regulate lab-developed tests more similarly to in vitro diagnostics (IVDs), citing the devices' increasing complexity and role in critical clinical decision-making. And while the plan has received some pushback from legal groups , including the Washington Legal Foundation, it might soon have another, more prominent opponent: Members of Congress. Background LDTs are, as their name imp...
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    FDA Classifies Cellulite-Reducing Device as Class II

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will soon classify surgical instruments intended to improve "the appearance of cellulite" as Class II medical devices, making it easier for them to be brought to market. Background In the US, medical devices are regulated by FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and subject to three general classifications: Class I (for low-risk devices) Class II (moderate-risk devices) Class III...
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    FDA Moves Three Device Types into Class II Special Controls

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed classifying three types of medical device products into its Class II regulatory controls scheme, subjecting them to special controls meant to ensure their efficacy, safety and quality. Background In the US, medical devices are regulated by FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and subject to three general classifications: Class I (for low-risk devices), Class II (moderate risk) and Class III (high ...
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    FDA Proposes Strengthening Requirements for Rapid Flu Tests

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulators are proposing to reclassify some Influenza Antigen Detection Test Systems into a higher-risk category than the systems now inhabit, citing potential for the devices to fail to detect newer versions of the virus. Background The devices, which are used to detect the presence of influenza in a clinical sample, were Classified as low-risk Class I medical devices in 1982. Class I devices only require the company to adhere to g...
  • FDA Loosens Regulatory Controls on Stair-Climbing Wheelchairs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to down-classify stair-climbing wheelchairs from class III to class II medical devices, meaning they will no longer require premarket approval. Background In the US, medical devices are classified according to risk. Class I medical devices represent the least risk to patients, and are often exempt from premarket regulatory oversight (so long as they meet FDA-defined standards). Class III devices represent the oppos...
  • FDA Reclassifies Ophthalmic Device, Issues Special Controls

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will reclassify stainless steel scleral plugs as class II medical devices, thereby allowing the devices to be approved under the premarketing notification process [510(k)] instead of the premarket approval process. Background Scleral plugs are used to temporarily close scleral-the sclera is the white of the eye-incisions made during eye surgery. For example, during a trabeculectomy, a small circular hole is...
  • Citizen Petition Claims Lab-Developed Tests aren't Devices and are Beyond FDA Regulation

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg recently announced that her agency would soon end a long-standing policy of enforcement discretion toward a classification of diagnostic devices known as laboratory-developed tests (LDTS), but now at least one association has filed a Citizen Petition with the agency seeking to exempt LDTs from new guidance, new regulation or seemingly any regulation whatsoever. Background Under normal circumstances, med...
  • Regulators Propose Regulating CPR, ECMO Devices Less Stringently

    • 08 January 2013
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has moved to reclassify two medical device products under its class II special controls, just months after the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) made it easier for the agency to reclassify older, pre- Medical Device Amendments (MDA) devices. The two types of devices- external cardiac compressors , also known as chest compressors, and membrane lungs for long-term pulmonary support , also referred to as extracorporeal mem...
  • New Draft Guidance Establishes Special Controls for Blood Access Devices

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to reclassify and implement new special controls for blood access devices used in hemodialysis. In a 19 June 2012 Federal Register posting, FDA announced the release of its Draft Guidance for Industry and Staff: Class II Special Controls Guidance - Implanted Blood Access Devices for Hemodialysis , which it said serves "as the special control for implanted blood access devices." The draft guidance follows another Federal...
  • FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Veterinary Trials

    The US Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has released a draft guidance detailing best practices for setting active controls in animal studies used to demonstrate effectiveness of medicinal products in cats, dogs and horses. As with clinical trials, FDA said the health and general welfare of study subjects should be an active consideration when determining whether to use placebo controls or active controls, which are defined as being a "k...
  • FDA Looks to Support Animal Rule With New GLP Training Program

    • 15 June 2012
    How do you ensure regulatory compliance in the world's most dangerous laboratory environments? The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to know, and is proposing to put money behind an initiative it says is aimed at supporting its 'Animal Rule' by developing an academic-based training program to educate pharmaceutical professionals working in high containment environments on good laboratory practices (GLPs). In an advanced posting of an 18 June Federal Register ...
  • FDA Establishes Class II Controls for Full Field Mammography System

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new guidance on 27 March establishing Class II Special Controls for full field digital mammography systems (FFDMS), bringing the device class under the 510(k) approval pathway. The guidance, Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff: Class II Special Controls Guidance Document: Full Field Digital Mammography System , includes advice on the evaluating risks to human health, electrical safety precautions, biocompatibility, phy...