FDA Shoots For New 510(k) Modification Draft Guidance In 2016
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
The agency is taking another stab at clarifying its views on when a 510(k) is needed for a device modification in a draft guidance it hopes to issue next year, after having to abandon its 2011 effort in the face of stakeholder revolt. The device center's Michael Ryan previews what to expect.
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Following up on recommendations made in her January report on duodenoscope contamination, Senate HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced a bill pressing FDA to accelerate its work to clarify when 510(k)s are needed for device modifications and to solidify the agency's authority to deny submissions if the sponsor fails to provide validated reprocessing data.
Senate HELP Ranking Member Sen. Patty Murray in a staff report criticizes FDA and manufacturers for reacting slowly to duodenoscope contamination incidents in 2013. The report says FDA needs a more robust device surveillance system and calls for more attention to 510(k) modification policies. Murray is a key partner in ongoing Senate work to produce a so-called "medical innovation" bill.