The United States Food and Drug Administration Medical Devices

The United States Food and Drug Administration is the oldest consumer protection agency in the United States. The agency was not officially known as the FDA until 1930, but its regulatory functions began with the... more +
The United States Food and Drug Administration is the oldest consumer protection agency in the United States. The agency was not officially known as the FDA until 1930, but its regulatory functions began with the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act. The agency is charged with protecting the integrity of the nation's food supply and cosmetic products, as well as monitoring the safety and efficacy of drugs, medical devices, and biological products.  less -
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Health Care E-Note - August 2016

The Alabama Natural Death Act contains the provisions on how an individual may plan for end-of-life decisions. Specifically, it outlines the requirements for a valid Advanced Directive and the removal and withdrawal of life...more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - August 2016

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...more

New FDA Draft Guidance Helps Define the Scope of §510(k) Medical Device Preemption

Earlier this month the FDA issued a draft guidance entitled “Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Change to an Existing Device.” It’s long, and anyone interested in reviewing the whole thing can download it from the FDA’s...more

No Idea about UDI: FDA Issues Draft Guidance on UDI Form and Content

In advance of the September compliance date for Class II medical devices, the Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidance on the form and content of Unique Device Identifiers (UDIs). Though the UDI Rule was...more

When Is a Software Change Really a Change that Requires FDA Review?: When to Submit a 510(k) for a Software Change to an Existing...

On the same day the Food and Drug Administration issued its revised draft guidance document on when to submit a new 510(k) premarket notification for an existing medical device, it released a similar document specific to...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on "Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Change to an Existing Medical Device"

On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on the important topic of deciding when to submit a new 510(k) premarket notification application (510(k)) for a change to an existing...more

FDA Releases Revised Guidance on Device Modification Policy

FDA released two new draft guidances on Monday, August 8 in an attempt to help device manufacturers determine when a modification triggers the obligation to file a new 510(k) under 21 C.F.R. § 807.81(a)(3). The first draft...more

Well, Well, Well – What Do We Have Here: FDA Eases Up On Regulating General Wellness Products

The Food and Drug Administration has issued guidance on general wellness products, which are low risk products it will not regulate as “medical devices.” A draft of the guidance was issued in January 2015, and the final...more

When It’s Time to Change, You’ve Got to Rearrange: FDA Issues Draft Guidance on When Changes to an Existing Medical Device...

Many of us remember the classic 1972 Brady Bunch song, “Time to Change,” when Peter Brady sings (as his voice cracks), “When It’s Time to Change, You’ve Got to Rearrange,” channeling its inner Brady, the Food and Drug...more

FDA Finalizes Wellness Product Guidance

The Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act of 2012 (“FDASIA”) required a collaborative effort by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), Federal Communications Commission and Office of the National Coordinator...more

FDA Issues Proposed Guidance for Changes to Medical Device Software

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed guidance on August 8, 2016, regarding software changes to medical devices. The proposed guidance relates to requirements for submitting medical device software...more

New FDA Draft Guidance on Benefit-Risk Factors Affecting Medical Device Compliance and Enforcement

In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance to clarify the benefit and risk factors it may consider in compliance and enforcement actions involving medical devices. Medical device manufacturers...more

FDA Publishes Long-Awaited Draft Guidance on 510(k) Requirements for Modified Devices

On August 5, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted two long-awaited draft guidance documents intended to help industry and FDA staff determine whether a new premarket notification (510(k)) is required upon...more

King & Spalding Lawyers Discuss The Regulatory Landscape At Medical Device Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation Conference

On July 25 and 26, 2016, industry stakeholders assembled in Arlington, Virginia, to participate in the Medical Device Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation Conference sponsored by Q1 Productions. The conference focused on the...more

Blog: All is Well:  FDA to Host Webinar on its Final Guidance for Low-Risk General Wellness Devices on September 1, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released final version of its guidance, General Wellness: Policy for Low-Risk Devices (Policy), with a webinar slated for September 1st as part of the rollout. While not...more

3D Printing: Health Care Miracle, Product Liability Nightmare, or Both? Insights from Nutter’s David Ferrera and Robyn Maguire

David Ferrera, partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and chair of the firm’s Product Liability and Toxic Tort Litigation practice group, and Robyn Maguire, partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and a member of the...more

FDA Issues Final Guidance on General Wellness Products

On July 28, 2016, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized guidance stating that the agency does not plan to regulate “general wellness products,” including software applications, provided they present a...more

FDA Issues New Draft Guidance Requiring Modifications to Medical Device Tracking Labels

The Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance last week revealing its intent to better track medical devices, from pacemakers to condoms, through an amendment to its 2013 “UDI (unique device identifier) Rule”. The...more

FDA Finalizes Guidance on Low Risk General Wellness Devices

On July 29, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized General Wellness: Policy for Low Risk Devices Guidance (Final Guidance) detailing its risk-based regulatory approach to relax certain regulatory...more

FDA Isn't Moving to Regulate Devices that Track Fitness Regimes!

At long last, the Food and Drug Administration issued its Nonbinding Recommendations and Guidance regarding "General Wellness: Policy for Low Risk Devices," announcing it will not regulate "low-risk general wellness...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Use of "Real-World Evidence" in Medical Device Decision-Making

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued on July 27, 2016, a draft guidance document addressing how it may use data and evidence collected outside of the traditional clinical trial context to support medical device...more

Christmas in July for Wellness Apps and Devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a final guidance on July 29, 2016, saying that it does not plan to require pre-market review for low-risk "general wellness products," such as wearable fitness monitors,...more

The Promise And Pitfalls Of 3D Printing

3D printing offers great promise for innovation and manufacturing, but this tool has expanded the scope of patented products that can be easily and cheaply copied, and may make it harder to identify and prosecute infringers....more

FDA Issues Final Guidance for General Wellness Devices

The final guidance confirms FDA’s enforcement discretion for many fitness and wellness technologies but raises issues for certain testing services. On July 29, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the...more

The Future of Medical Device Manufacturing Is Here: FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Technical Considerations for 3D Printing

A few years ago, a custom-fabricated bioresorbable tracheal splint saved the life of an infant suffering from a collapsed bronchus due to severe tracheobronchomalacia. The splint was implanted around the baby’s airway,...more

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