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FDA’s final “Classification of Accessories Distinct from Other Devices; Finalized List of Accessories Suitable for Class” will be posted shortly at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/04/12/2019-07290/medical-devices-classification-of-accessories-distinct-from-other-devices-finalized-list-of. While this allows for certain accessories for higher class devices to be exempt from premarket notifications, the preamble has a section worth noting as a reminder for medical devices containing software. The preamble...
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FDA Regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in Software as a Medical Device On April 2, 2019, the FDA published a discussion paper “Proposed Regulatory Framework for Modifications to Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML)-Based Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) – Discussion Paper and Request for Feedback” that describes the FDA’s foundation for a...
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The US FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) finalized the December 2017 draft guidance titled “Standards Development and the Use of Standards in Regulatory Submissions Reviewed in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research” today.  The guidance makes clear that CBER recognizes the value and proper usage of standards and further encourages the...
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Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication to alert health care providers and patients about cybersecurity vulnerabilities identified in a wireless telemetry technology used for communication between Medtronic’s implantable cardiac devices, clinic programmers, and home monitors. The wireless telemetry protocol has cybersecurity vulnerabilities because it does not use encryption, authentication,...
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US FDA has proposed a new rule to exempt Cytometry instruments used for counting or characterizing cells (a well-understood and mature technology), from premarket notification requirements.  Cytometry instruments used for sorting or collecting cells, and instruments that are used as an automated hematology analyzer, or that perform automated differential cell counts, will still require premarket...
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Today FDA qualified the Osirix CDE Software Module biomarker test for use by medical device developers to identify and enroll patients into Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) studies.  This is the third qualification of a medical device development tool (MDDT) by the FDA, and the first of a software module biomarker test tool type. A biomarker...
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Medical Device Development Tool (MDDT) Qualification The US FDA has provided guidance on the methods and approaches to qualify a medical device development tool so that medical device manufacturers or sponsors can use them to support the development and evaluation of medical devices.  The manufacturer is expected to ensure the tool produces “scientifically-plausible measurements” and...
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In January 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication to alert health care providers and patients about a potential problem in the charging circuitry of the Zoll LifeVest 4000, which had the potential to prevent it from delivering a life-saving shock to patients. If the message “Call for Service –...
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For those currently or intending to distribute electronic labeling for their medical devices, be aware that in 2010 FDA issued a guidance entitled “Addition of URL to Electronic Product Labeling”.  This guidance contains a recommendation: “ …that manufacturers include their Uniform Resource Locator (URL) on their electronic product labels in addition to the requirements under...
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The FDA released a Draft Guidance titled “Nonbinding Feedback After Certain FDA Inspections of Device Establishments”, on February 19, 2019.  It provides a very limited set of conditions where companies can request non-binding FDA feedback to the adequacy of planned corrective actions. The request must be submitted within 15 days of the issuance of the...
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FDA issued a version of its “Refuse to Accept Policy for 510(k)s” dated 21-Feb-2019. This supersedes the prior 30-Jan-2018 version.  As FDA guidance goes, this a short period of time between updates.  It focuses on explaining the initial 15 day administrative completeness check, review initial questions, provision of a checklist for this administrative review which...
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On Jan 14, 2019, FDA recognized ANSI AAMI SW91:2018 Classification of defects in health software.  The FDA recognition statement for this standard does not indicate any specific use in premarket submissions or relevant FDA guidances. It simply states it supports existing policies.  This standard is lengthy and technical in terms of its approach to defect...
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The US FDA issued the final guidance for industry, “The Least Burdensome Provisions: Concept and Principles.”  This guidance is intended to accurately reflect Congress’ intent by describing the guiding principles and recommended approach for FDA staff and industry to facilitate consistent application of least burdensome principles.  FDA Least Burdensome Final Guidance
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FDA issued a Safety Communication on January 31, 2019, (see Safety Communication Link) warning of the risk of air being introduced in a blood vessel (air-in-line) and air embolism for infusion pumps, fluid warmers, rapid infusers, and accessory devices.  This communication is directed toward users (both clinical and service personnel) and patients.  However, what can system architects,...
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FDA posted a Stryker announcement today that the company is launching a voluntary field action (VFA) on specific units of the LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillators. The company is notifying certain LIFEPAK 15 customers of an issue that may cause the device to lock up after a defibrillation shock is delivered. The lock-up condition is defined as...
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FDA is entering the test phase of its Digital Health Precertification (Pre-Cert) Pilot Program. General information on this program can be found at: https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DigitalHealth/DigitalHealthPreCertProgram/default.htm including FAQs at: https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DigitalHealth/DigitalHealthPreCertProgram/ucm577330.htm Milestones and next steps can be found at: https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DigitalHealth/DigitalHealthPreCertProgram/ucm584020.htm Generally, this program is for some of what FDA refers to as Software as a Medical Device (SaMD). ...
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The Verily Study Watch is a device worn on the wrist that digitizes patient physiologic measurements and processes the raw data through algorithms both on the wrist worn device and additional processing when communicated to cloud based computing systems.  The idea is that the Verily watch would be worn similar (or as!) a consumer device...
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It’s nice to have medical device FDA regulations and guidance accessible without navigating through old websites or lugging printed copies around. Thankfully, SoftwareCPR’s free iOs and Android apps allow you to quickly view medical device regulations and guidance on your smartphone offline! As medical device consultants, we know from experience how important it is to...
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(January 7, 2019)— John F. Murray, Jr, of Mount Airy, MD USA, has joined Crisis Prevention and Recovery LLC (DBA SoftwareCPR ®) as a partner. John retired from the US Food and Drug Administration in December 2018 after 32 years of federal service. For 25 years at FDA, John focused on FDA regulated software and...
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It is always good to remind ourselves of exactly what the regulation says – often our corporate procedures can become “bloated” and lead some to believe that some specific activities and/or types of deliverables are required by the regulations.
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FDA released a new draft guidance today entitled, “Clarification of Radiation Control Regulations For Manufacturers of Diagnostic X-Ray Equipment Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff“, dated December 17, 2018.  A few things to note related to software: On line 370, question 16, FDA addresses the question of the use of software...
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FDA issued a report entitled “REPORT ON NON-DEVICE SOFTWARE FUNCTIONS: IMPACT TO HEALTH AND BEST PRACTICES – DECEMBER 2018.” This report contains findings on five software functions excluded from the device definition by the 21st Century Cures Act. The FDA found these software functions have more benefits than risks to patient safety and health. The...
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Certainly everyone with any connection to information technology and networked devices is concerned with cybersecurity. However, often we just miss the basics – we do not practice good cyber hygiene. While not intended to be comprehensive or state-of-the-art, here are some security basics (or as some call it, “cyber hygiene”) that one should consider when developing...
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FDA issued a draft guidance for prescription POC (Point-of-care) entitled “Blood Glucose Monitoring Test Systems for Prescription Point-of-Care Use.” This draft guidance document provides recommendations to industry about the types of information to include in their premarket submissions for blood glucose monitoring systems used for diabetes management in the health care prescription POC settings. This guidance...
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FDA issued a draft guidance entitled “Self-Monitoring Blood Glucose Test Systems for Over-the-Counter Use“‘. This draft guidance document provides recommendations to industry about the studies and criteria to include in their premarket submissions for self-monitoring blood glucose test systems used for diabetes management in the home setting. This guidance (similar to the Prescription POC guidance)...
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Glanced through the latest FDA warning letters today.  From the FDA Medical Device & Radiological Health Operations West/Division 3 I see the inspector pointing out “This design validation also fails to include software validation [emphasis mine] to assure software will perform as intended and will not prevent safe operation by the user.”   Of course this is...
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a forthcoming public advisory committee meeting of the Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (the Committee). The general function of the Committee is to provide advice to the Commissioner, or designee, on complex issues relating to medical devices, the regulation of devices, and their use by patients. The meeting...
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FDA issued a draft guidance “Content of Premarket Submissions forManagement of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices” dated 10/17/18. This document contains a some terms(e.g. Cybersecurity Bill of Materal) and concepts (e.g.,Tier 1 and Tier 2 risks) that it is important for Manufacturers to understand and address in premarket submissions. It also includes labeling recommenations for cybersecurity...
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FDA announces a new pilot program to simplify certain 510(k)s. For more information on eligibility click the link and scroll to near the bottom of the page.  
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This final guidance, “Appropriate Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards in Premarket Submissions for Medical Devices,” replaces the 2013 draft guidance. This guidance focuses on clarifying and formalizing existing FDA practice including the requirement to submit FDA’s standards form for each standard used as well as discusses the use of obsolete standards. Originally standards were a...
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FDA released a final guidance "Benefit-Risk Factors to Consider When Determining Substantial Equivalence in Premarket Notifications 510(k) with Different Technological Characteristics" dated Sept. 25, 2018.  This guidance applies only to devices with similar intended use and if the different technological characteristics do not raise different questions of Safety and Effectiveness.  Read the full guidance at...
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FDA has posted their FY 2019 Proposed Guidance Development list with priorities. A link is provided below but here is the “A” list items: Final Guidance Topics Consideration of Uncertainty in Making Benefit-Risk Determinations in Medical Device Premarket Approvals, De Novo Classifications, and Humanitarian Device Exemptions Unique Device Identification: Policy Regarding Compliance Dates for Class...
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Email: Industry.Biologics@fda.hhs.gov Phone: 240-402-8020 or 1-800-835-4709 After hours (after 4:30 pm EST weekdays, all day on weekends, and federal holidays) FDA Emergency Call Center, Phone: 866-300-4374 or 301-796-8240 What The MATTB Does CBER’s Manufacturers Assistance and Technical Training Branch (MATTB) responds to public inquiries for information (by phone and email) from the biologics industry. MATTB strives to provide...
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Quality in 510(k) “Quik” Review Program Pilot The Quality in 510(k) (“Quik”) Review Program provides an alternate method to submit a premarket notification (510(k)) to the FDA using the eSubmitter software to format the submission. The FDA has identified a list of product codes that are eligible for this pilot. These device types are moderate risk and are considered...
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FDA Center for Biologics provides manufacturers with technical assistance. For email and phone contact information, and other information about this service, click the link.
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October is National Cybersecurity Month; for more information from FDA click the link.
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Information on the FDA CDRH Patient Engagement Advisory Committee, including how to nominate candidates.
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Company:Fresenius Medical Care Renal Therapies Group, LLC Date of Enforcement Report 9/26/2018 Class II: PRODUCT 2008T HEMODIALYSIS SYS, WITH CDX, Part Number 190713, Applicable only with 2008T BlueStar Premium Upgrade Kit, Part Number 191138 Product Usage: Indicated for acute and chronic dialysis therapy Recall Number: Z-3194-2018 REASON In the hemodialysis machine during the cleaning/disinfection program,...
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Company:Canon Medical System, USA, INC. Date of Enforcement Report 9/12/2018 Class II: PRODUCT Vertebral Motion Analyzer (VMA) Version 2.3.252. VMA software is a quantitative imaging software application intended to be used to process digital image files. Recall Number: Z-2964-2018 REASON It was found when an operator performs a radiography using the wireless flat panel detector...
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Company: LIEBEL-FLARSHEIM COMPANY LLC Date of Enforcement Report: 8/29/2018 Class II: PRODUCT Liebel-Flarsheim Hydra Vision Urology X-Ray System (DR) Liebel-Flarsheim urology systems facilitate radiologic and/or fluoroscopic procedures requiring a beam of diagnostic quality radiation, primarily for urological applications such as functional x-ray diagnostics, endourology and minimal invasive urology/ surgery. Recall Number: Z-2833-2018 REASON Software issue....
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Company: LIEBEL-FLARSHEIM COMPANY LLC Date of Enforcement Report 8/29/2018 Class II: PRODUCT Liebel-Flarsheim Direct Digital Imaging System (DDIS) Liebel-Flarsheim urology systems facilitate radiologic and/or fluoroscopic procedures requiring a beam of diagnostic quality radiation, primarily for urological applications such as functional x-ray diagnostics, endourology and minimal invasive urology/ surgery.uch as functional x-ray diagnostics, endourology and minimal...
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Pharmaceutical Laboratories and Consultants, Inc. Date:8/29/18 This warning letter summarizes significant violations of current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) regulations for finished pharmaceuticals. See 21 CFR, parts 210 and 211. Because your methods, facilities, or controls for manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding do not conform to CGMP, your drug products are adulterated within the meaning of...
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Pharmaceutical Laboratories and Consultants, Inc. Product: testing laboratory Date:8/29/18 This warning letter summarizes significant violations of current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) regulations for finished pharmaceuticals. See 21 CFR, parts 210 and 211. Because your methods, facilities, or controls for manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding do not conform to CGMP, your drug products are adulterated within...
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Company: McKesson Israel Ltd.. Date of Enforcement Report 9/12/2018 Class II: PRODUCT McKesson Cardiology Hemo, Release SW version 13.0. Used for physiological monitoring, image and data processing. McKesson Cardiology Hemo is intended for complete physiological/hemodynamic monitoring, clinical data acquisition, medical image and data processing, and analytical assessment. McKesson Cardiology Hemo is also intended for patient/procedural...
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Yuki Gosei Kogyo Co., Ltd. Date:8/10/18 Failure to exercise sufficient controls over computerized systems to prevent unauthorized access or changes to data, and failure to have adequate controls to prevent omission of data. Your firm’s controls over your HPLC systems are inadequate. Some HPLC systems did not have audit trail capability or audit trails enabled....
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The latest communication from FDA regarding regulation of medical apps notes that mobile medical apps can greatly help patients be proactive and vigilant about their own healthcare. There has been increased demand for medical apps, and many of the apps depend on high levels of feedback between patients and clinicians. The FDA wants to regulate...
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Also states the new annual registration fees. Keep in mind, businesses with gross revenue under USD $100 million qualify for the reduced small business fees listed.
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