European Commission releases guidance on UDIs

The European Commission has released five new guidance documents on the use of unique device identifiers (UDIs). The guidance covers UDIs for systems and procedure packs, definitions and descriptions of formats of the UDI core elements for systems and procedure packs, UDI assignment to medical device software, clarification of UDI responsibilities in relation to Article 16, and provisional considerations regarding language issues associated with the UDI database. Read more “European Commission releases guidance on UDIs”

FDA finalises guidance on benefit-risk factors for 510(k)s

The United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalised guidance on evaluating the benefit-risk profile of medical devices submitted under the 510(k) pathway that have the same indication as their predicate devices but have different technological characteristics and benefit-risk profiles. Read more “FDA finalises guidance on benefit-risk factors for 510(k)s”

FDA proposes electronic submission for medical device market applicants

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends to remove requirements for paper and multiple copies of medical device premarket applications, and replace it with a single submission in electronic format. The new proposed rule would apply to: 510(k) premarket notifications; Investigational Device Exemptions (IDE); Premarket Approvals (PMA) applications and supplements; Humanitarian Device Exemptions (HDE) and applications to the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). Read more “FDA proposes electronic submission for medical device market applicants”

Health Canada launches pilot project on new meeting framework for pre-clinical advice on devices

Health Canada has launched a pilot project which aims to provide a new formal process for device companies seeking early advice. A formal pre-clinical process will allow manufacturers to discuss regulatory evidence requirements and investigational testing protocol design with Health Canada early in the device development process. The aim is to facilitate effective communication between medical device manufacturers and Health Canada to improve the quality of submissions and provide timely regulatory decisions. Read more “Health Canada launches pilot project on new meeting framework for pre-clinical advice on devices”

Draft guidance from FDA outlines pre-submission meeting options for medical device applicants

The United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated guidance on how to utilise its Q-Submission program for medical device manufacturers before they submit premarket applications. The purpose of the draft guidance is to provide an overview of the mechanisms available to submitters through which they can request feedback from or request a meeting with the FDA prior to submitting premarket applications. Read more “Draft guidance from FDA outlines pre-submission meeting options for medical device applicants”

Health Canada initiates transition to Global Medical Device Nomenclature

Health Canada is initiating the transition from their current medical device categorisation method to the Global Medical Device Nomenclature (GMDN). The aim is to improve the availability, accessibility and the quality of information available on medical devices in Canada. Health Canada states that they will provide manufacturers with a list of their medical devices associated with active medical device licences. Read more “Health Canada initiates transition to Global Medical Device Nomenclature”