Device Reg Issues In Play As FDA Kicks Off User Fee Renewal Effort
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
FDA will host a public meeting July 13 to hear public input in advance of agency-industry negotiations to reauthorize the device user-fee program. Industry appears to feel better about the device-review program than it did during the prior user-fee program, but what the top issues will be during negotiations this time around remain to be seen. Ongoing reform efforts in Congress will impact the process.
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Device firms will be pushing for more reviewer consistency and to avoid a major increase in fees during upcoming negotiations with FDA to reauthorize the Medical Device User Fee Act. The MDUFA IV reauthorization process starts as Congress is already considering major regulatory reforms and will finish under a new administration in the White House.
Top FDA officials, including CDRH Director Jeffrey Shuren and FDA Deputy Commissioner Robert Califf, are sending strong signals that the designation and review processes for combination products are due for a significant reassessment. That should be a priority topic of upcoming user fee negotiations with industry, they say.
But the April 29 updated draft of the broad-based House reform package for medical innovation is missing some significant items floated earlier this year, including a Medicare breakthrough device program, a revamp of diagnostics regulations and device supply-chain security reform.