The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced and is promulgating today the Final Rule on Electronic Medical Device Reporting (eMDR). Originally proposed in 2009, the rule is now final and a deadline for compliance has been identified. The rule impacts device manufacturers and importers and mandates electronic submission of individual medical device adverse event reports. User facilities may continue to submit only written reports.
As of August 14, 2015, postmarket medical device adverse event reports by manufacturers and importers must be submitted only electronically to the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health via the Electronic Submissions Gateway (ESG). The ESG is used for all forms of electronic filing to the FDA; information specific to medical device submissions is available here. Guidance about the eMDR is available here.
We recommend you review your current system for submitting reports, and if you are not already utilizing the ESG for all reporting, develop a plan now for integrating the electronic process into your operations.