CDRH Will Experiment With Pre-Cert Pilot Participants To Figure Out Right Metrics, Processes
With a regulatory framework and test plan in place, US FDA says it will use the rest of the year to run experiments in its pre-cert pilot program to figure out what metrics it needs to gather and processes it needs to develop to make the new paradigm for digital health products a reality. The agency says it plans to update stakeholders as needed on its progress.
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As the US Food and Drug Administration is developing a new pathway for certain medical software called the precertification program, the agency is asking de novo and 510(k) sponsors to volunteer for a test plan to help the agency in its efforts. At least one expert on the subject is skeptical and says the plan adds burdens without real benefits for sponsors.
The current administration would use an additional $98m in congressional budget authority in the 2020 fiscal year for FDA’s medical device efforts to modernize its regulatory approach for technology development, to enable device safety issues to be monitored more closely, and to advance new approaches for regulating digital health technologies and breakthrough devices.
Several experts suggest FDA is toeing the line in keeping the first stage of its pre-certification program for software-as-a-medical-device products legally permissible, but it may be limited in scope for the time being. Meanwhile, one attorney says the agency is sending mixed messages about whether the current program will sit comfortably within FDA's current authorities.