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    Digital Health: ‘Connecting the Dots’ Across FDA Centers

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) creation of a Digital Health Center of Excellence is in the works, although details offered Wednesday did not shed much light on when it’s coming or its envisioned role.   There are “lots of details to be ironed out,” said Bakul Patel, director for digital health at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), during a session on Wednesday at the AAMI/BSI/FDA International Conference on Medical Device Standards an...
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    WHO Drafts Global Strategy on Digital Health

    The World Health Organization (WHO) released a newly drafted four-year global strategy on digital health, with an aim to “improve health for everyone, everywhere by accelerating the adoption of appropriate digital health.” As more health care delivery systems look to digital health to address emerging challenges, such as the rise of noncommunicable diseases, clinician workforce shortages and the aging population, barriers to the adoption and application of such tools pe...
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    FDA Proposes Regulatory Framework for AI- and Machine Learning-Driven SaMD

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested feedback Tuesday on a new discussion paper that proposes applying a “focused review” approach to premarket assessments of software as a medical device (SaMD) technologies that are powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). The agency said it may conduct a “focused review” in cases where proposed SaMD pre-specifications (SPS) and algorithm change protocols (ACP) “can be refined based on the real-...
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    Industry Seeks Cross-Center Alignment in FDA Proposal on Prescription Drug Software

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of prescription drug-use-related software (PDURS) behooves alignment across relevant centers, industry comments on FDA’s proposed framework argued. From pharmaceutical companies and trade associations to digital health companies and coalitions, the agency’s November 2018 proposed framework for the future regulation of PDURS drew comments from a range of stakeholders. The proposed framework  on PDURS is largely seen...
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    CDRH Classifies Software App for Contraception into Class II

    Following the 2018 US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the country’s first mobile medical application indicated for contraceptive use, the agency issued a final order Tuesday to classify the software app for contraception as a class II device. The regulation set forth in the final order comes as a result of the 2017 de novo classification request FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) granted  to Swedish startup company Natural Cycles Nor...
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    TGA Unveils Guidance on the Regulation of SaMD, Personalized Medical Devices

    Australia’s Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA) released further guidance Wednesday on the regulation of software, including software as a medical device (SaMD), and a separate new guidance to propose a regulatory framework for personalized devices, including 3D-printed devices. The 19-page SaMD document expands on guidance TGA posted last December. The 23-page proposed regulatory scheme for personalized medical devices comes after the agency launched a consultati...
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    Health Canada Seeks to Better Define Regulatory Requirements for SaMD

    Health Canada released a draft guidance document on Tuesday to aid industry in determining whether the agency intends to regulate a software product as software as a medical device (SaMD). Health Canada notified industry last year of its intent to release draft guidance on SaMD as part of a larger initiative to improve regulatory reviews. The timeline, however, was delayed after a Health Canada scientific advisory panel raised concerns over the previous approach, whic...
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    TGA Pushes for Total Product Lifecycle Approach to Medical Device Cybersecurity

    New draft guidance from Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) encouraged use of regulatory policies that span total product lifecycles (TPLC) to ensure medical device cybersecurity. A “growing area of interest” for TGA relates to “a large number” of class II, class III and active implantable devices registered in Australia that contain “electronic components with embedded software, have a software accessory or are a software device,” the regulator noted in ...
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    FDA Proposes New Framework on Prescription Drug-Related Software

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a request for comment on Monday that sets forth a proposal for a new framework on the regulation of software applications for use with one or more prescription drug products.   The agency’s newly adopted digital health approaches “are still in their early stages,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Monday in remarks at the Reagan Udall Foundation annual public meeting. “A lot of these technologies haven’t advanced as...
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    Health Canada Puts Brakes on SaMD Draft Guidance

    A scientific advisory panel on software as a medical device (SaMD) convened in January by Health Canada caused the agency to hit the brakes on a draft guidance document. The advisory panel, which included the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Canada’s medical technology companies (MEDEC), the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI) and the National Research Council, among others, deliberated on questions Health Canada provided regarding its draft guidance on SaMD ...
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    Senators Urge FDA to Clarify Intentions for Digital Health Pre-Cert Program

    With a proposed deadline of 9 November, three US senators sent a letter to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday to request more information on the agency’s pre-certification program for digital health.   FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) recently adapted its regulatory processes to the rapidly evolving nature of digital health, while also encouraging questions like those from Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)...
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    FDA Updates on Digital Health Plans, Software Pre-Certification Pilot

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released new details on its plans for regulating digital health technologies, including more information about its upcoming pilot program to pre-certify software-based medical devices. According to the agency's newly released Digital Health Innovation Action Plan , FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) plans to improve the landscape for digital health technologies by developing guidance on the medic...