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FDA Finalizes Guidance on Medical Product Classification

On September 26, 2017, FDA announced in a Federal Register notice the availability of the final guidance document, Classification of Products as Drugs and Devices & Additional Product Classification Issues.  This guidance provides the Agency’s current thinking on approaches for classifying products as drugs and devices, and on certain additional product classification issues, such as … Continue Reading

CFDA Releases Draft Classification Catalogue of Medical Devices

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has recently released a long-anticipated draft Classification Catalogue of Medical Devices (Draft Catalogue). The Draft Catalogue updates a 2002 Classification Catalogue (Current Catalogue) and is one of the final pieces in the reform of China’s medical device system that has taken place since the 2014 revision of the … Continue Reading

eHealth and mHealth Software Classification Changes in Forthcoming EU Medical Device Regulation

The new EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR), a draft of which was tentatively agreed by the EU’s legislators on June 15, 2016, was revised at the last minute to include a new classification rule for software. Software’s classification under the MDR will determine its regulatory treatment (including what requirements it has to meet, and what … Continue Reading

Is Medical Software a Medical Device? European Court of Justice to Decide

On June 13, 2016, the French Conseil d’État (supreme administrative court) referred to the EU Court of Justice (“CJEU”), the question of whether medical software that provides support to healthcare professionals in prescribing medicinal products should be considered a medical device under Directive 93/42 (the “Directive”) (Case C-329/16).  The qualification of software as a medical … Continue Reading

FDA Denies Citizen Petition’s Request to Ban Marketing of Non-Absorbable Surgical Mesh Products for Transvaginal Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

On July 14, 2014, FDA publicly posted its response denying Public Citizen’s August 2011 citizen petition concerning the marketing of non-absorbable surgical mesh products for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP).  In its response, FDA took the position that a ban or recall of POP devices is not warranted at this time. As background, … Continue Reading

Use of New Administrative Order Authority to Up-Classify Devices: Proposed Order on “Sunlamp Products” Offers Glimpse Into FDA’s Approach

On May 6, 2013, FDA issued a proposed order to reclassify ultraviolet (UV) lamps intended for tanning from class I devices (general controls) exempt from premarket notification to class II devices (special controls) subject to premarket notification.  FDA also proposed to change the focus of the classification regulation from “ultraviolet lamps” to “sunlamp products,” including … Continue Reading

FDA Plans to Complete Classifications of Preamendment Devices by the End of 2014

Last month, FDA announced that it plans to complete classification actions for remaining preamendments devices by the end of 2014.  These actions could take the form of orders requiring the filing of premarket approval applications (PMAs) or notices of completion of a product development protocol (PDPs) for various devices (referred to as “calls for PMAs”) or reclassification orders.  With the … Continue Reading

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants: FDA Proposes to Require Premarket Approval

On January 18, 2013, FDA issued a proposed order that would require the filing of a premarket approval application (PMA) or a notice of completion of a product development protocol (PDP) for metal-on-metal hip joint implants. Metal-on-metal hip replacement implants were marketed prior to the Medical Device Amendments of 1976, which gave FDA authority over medical … Continue Reading

SFDA’s New Notice on Medical Device Classification

The State Food and Drug Administration of the PRC (“SFDA”) issued a notice on December 10, 2012 with respect to the classifications of 17 medical devices.  This notice was the fourth one related to medical device classifications issued by SFDA in 2012. Under the Chinese medical device regulatory system, medical devices are classified into three classes based … Continue Reading
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