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Jordan Pate
FDA issued a draft guidance dated April 27, 2018 titled: “Multiple Function Device Products: Policy and Considerations.”  This guidance expands on when and how FDA intends to assess the impact of other functions that are not the subject of a premarket review on the safety and effectiveness of a device function subject to FDA review.  It...
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FDA issued a draft guidance for comment: Expansion of the Abbreviated 510(k) Program: Demonstrating Substantial Contains Nonbinding Recommendations Draft – Not for Implementation Equivalence through Performance Criteria. The outline shows a Section 17 for software information. The outline can be viewed here.
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The Global Unique Device Identification Database is a database administered by the FDA that will serve as a reference catalog for every device with an identifier. May 2018 will start implementation of the releasability logic and the review period. Public release of premarket submission and supplement numbers on AccessGUDID and OpenFDA will begin in June 2018.
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This newsletter in pdf form lists items added to the web site from mid-November 2017 through late-November 2018. It serves as an easy reference to find new or updated items that may be of interest to you. Please search the library to see all items posted as the newsletter only lists new or updated ones....
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You can search the app stores for SoftwareCPR® to download on an iPhone or Android. The app provides key FDA regulations and Software Guidances for quick reference and is organized by section. Impress your friends by accessing the exact text of FDA documents wherever you go. We plan to add additional documents over time.
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The FDA published the guidance document “Acceptance of Clinical Data to Support Medical Device Applications and Submissions Frequently Asked Questions.” The guidance document is in Q&A format, and provides clarifications and recommendations to help stakeholders ensure that studies conducted in the U.S. or foreign countries comply with the new rule and revised regulations. FDA Website
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The FDA published the guidance document “Refuse to Accept Policy for 510(k)s.” This supersedes the original, issued on August 4, 2015. This revision provides for additional requirements to better ensure substantive content, not just administrative elements that are checked in the initial 15 day refuse to accept initial review. Refuse to Accept Policy for 510(k)s
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the immediately-in-effect (IIE) guidance document, “Unique Device Identification: Policy Regarding Compliance Dates for Class I and Unclassified Devices.” The guidance lists and explains several key elements of FDA’s enforcement discretion policy, including the Agency’s intention to not enforce standard date formatting, labeling, and GUDID data submission requirements for...
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Federal Register notice with a proposed program for Voluntary Malfunction Summary Reporting. When finalized, this program would allow manufacturers to report certain malfunction medical device reports (MDRs) in a summary format on a quarterly basis instead of individually within 30 days. The proposed Voluntary Malfunction Summary Reporting...
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Today the FDA is announcing the availability of the updated final guidance, “Medical Device Accessories – Describing Accessories and Classification Pathways”. This guidance was updated and replaces the Jan 2017 version to include new mechanisms to request (1) a different classification for an existing accessory type (i.e., accessories already on the market), and (2) for...
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FDA issued its list of planned Medical Device Guidance development for 2018. This list has 2 parts: priority development referred to as the A-List and other development referred to as B-list.. Note that FDA does not commit to accomplishing all items on either list; it is just stating its current intention. The A-List includes a...
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What’s New

FDA:  Exemptions, Variances, and Alternate Forms of Adverse Event Reporting for Medical Devices

Manufacturers, importers, and user facilities can request an exemption or variance from any or all of the medical device reporting requirements in 21 CFR Part 803.  Read more:  https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/medical-device-reporting-mdr-how-report-medical-device-problems/exemptions-variances-and-alternate-forms-adverse-event-reporting-medical-devices

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