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Nothing software specific in this guidance, Manufacture-of-Blood-Components-Using-Pathogen-Reduction-Device-2021, but in the future one might envision that the validation and quality control could be automated by software. Purpose of the document is to provide guidance to establishments that collect or process blood and blood components, with recommendations for implementing a pathogen reduction device for the manufacture of...
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“From my 25 years at the agency, I completely understand that FDA CDRH guidance development, approval and publication is complex, time-consuming work. I often said it may be compared to threading 1000 needles simultaneously. It requires significant time and energy from many hard-working, dedicated professionals to even reach the first goal of published draft guidance....
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The FDA CDRH announced the guidance documents they intend to publish in FY2022. They also announced their intention to finalize, withdraw, re-open the comment period, or re-issue a revised draft guidance for 80 percent of draft guidance documents within 3 years of the close of the comment period, and within 5 years of the close...
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One of the most important references in creating a software development lifecycle process to assure software quality is the FDA guidance document, “General Principles of Software Validation.”  This guidance document has been around for many years.  The current version, 2.0, was released in 2002.  To many in the industry, this guidance is simply referred to...
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The FDA released a guidance document on the non-clinical testing and clinical considerations of ‘Implanted Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Devices for Patients with Paralysis or Amputation’. The document can be downloaded from the FDA website. One point of particular interest comes from the software section, where the FDA states that “We generally consider the software for...
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The Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) published the ‘Guidance on Standardization for Medical Devices’ (MDCG 2021-5) on April 16, 2021. Though none of the information presented is new material, it does provide a consolidated reference point perhaps most useful to those new to the industry. It is comprised of four sections and intended to explain...
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Is it possible to view draft revisions of FDA guidance documents when they are a “work in progress,” or are they only become available once published as draft?  This is a frequent question that I have heard. However, the FDA does not typically provide copies or drafts of “works in progress” for those items that...
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FDA Issues Immediately in Effect Guidance on Ventilators During COVID-19 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued this immediately in effect guidance: Enforcement Policy for Ventilators and Accessories and Other Respiratory Devices During the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency. The FDA believes the policy set forth in this guidance may help address...
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Health Canada released the full guidance document, Pre-market Requirements for Medical Device Cybersecurity. It can be viewed at:  https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medical-devices/application-information/guidance-documents/cybersecurity.htm It includes requirements such as: “Risk management is required for all medical devices throughout their life-cycle. Manufacturers should incorporate cybersecurity into the risk management process for every device that consists of or contains software. Manufacturers are...
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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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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 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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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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On Dec. 8, 2017, the FDA released the final guidance, “Software as a Medical Device (SAMD): Clinical Evaluation.” The October 14, 2016, draft is now obsolete. This guidance is actually the use of an International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) document completed in June of 2017, so this represents broad international consensus. This guidance discusses...
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The FDA release a final guidance, “De Novo Classification Process (Evaluation of Automatic Class III Designation),” on October 30, 2017. This supersedes “New Section 513(f)(2) – Evaluation of Automatic Class III Designation, Guidance for Industry and CDRH Staff” dated February 19, 1998. This guidance defines the process for De Novo submissions for devices with no...
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The FDA issued a new Final guidance, “Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Change to an Existing Device,” on October 25, 2017. The full guidance is at the link provided. This supersedes the 1997 guidance. Note that FDA simultaneously released a Final guidance for when to submit a new 510(k) for software changes...
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released guidance document, “Requests for Feedback on Medical Device Submissions: The Pre-Submission Program and Meetings with Food and Drug Administration Staff,” dated September 29, 2017. The guidance lists and explains the process for requesting meetings with the FDA. It explains proper use of these meetings, including examples of appropriate...
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The FDA issued the final guidance entitled “Design Considerations and Pre-market Submission Recommendations for Interoperable Medical Devices.” This guidance addresses medical devices that exchange information; whether wired or wireless, or through the internet. It includes unidirectional exchange, bidirectional, or command and control. The guidance focuses on data exchange not physical connection types. It includes a...
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This content is only available to Standards Navigator subscribers.  See our Subscribe page for information on subscriptions. A new work item and draft technical report for guidance in implementing IEC 80001-1:2010. This TR provides guidance for considering risk when using wireless communications in a hospital.  The report is at the link provided until the review period ends...
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