On July 11, 2017, the US FDA published a final list of Class II devices exempt from 510(k) Premarket Notification Requirements (82 FR 31976). As mentioned previously here, in an effort to comply with the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, the Agency originally issued a notice on March 14, 2017 in the Federal Register proposing to exempt a list of Class II devices from the 510(k) premarket notification requirements, with certain limitation (82 FR 13609).
The FDA took the first step on the long road of launching a proposed new laboratory accreditation program this month - the Accreditation Scheme for Conformity Assessment (ASCA).
In early April the EU Parliament voted to enact the Medical Device Regulations (MDR) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulations (IVDR). The regulations are due to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union in May 2017. Following publication, there will be a three year transition period for the MDR and a five year transition period for the IVDR. These regulations will therefore not be fully enacted until approximately June 2020 and June 2022, respectively.
On April 13, 2017, as part of the US FDA’s continued efforts to comply with the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, the Agency published a list of 71 low-risk Class I medical device product codes that are exempt from all premarket notification requirements (i.e. 510(k) clearance). While the list includes product codes for ophthalmic and neurological devices, the majority of the devices are for clinical chemistry and clinical toxicology analyte controls.
On March 14, 2017 the US FDA published a notice in the Federal Register (FR Doc Number 217-04938) indicating that the Agency has identified a list of Class II devices that, when finalized, will be exempted from premarket notification requirements (i.e. 510(k)).
On March 2, 2017 the US FDA and the European Medicines Agency announced that the Agencies had completed an exchange of letters amending the 1998 US-EU Mutual Recognition Agreement.
On October 31, 2016 the US FDA published a notification in the Federal Register (81 FR 75351) extending the comment period for the Agency’s proposal to amend the good laboratory practice (GLP) regulations for nonclinical studies. This extension was due to requests from interested parties asking that the original 90-day comment period be extended by an additional 90-days to allow sufficient time for the partied to develop meaningful and thoughtful responses to the proposed rule.