Warning Letter Nosedive: FDA Makes History (Yet Again) By Sending Only 21 Of The Missives To Device Firms In 2019
A mere 21 quality-related warning letters were issued to device makers last year, the US agency tells Medtech Insight. It’s the third year in a row that the FDA has given out a record-low number of letters. In fact, 2019’s count of 21 represents a whopping 83% decrease from just five years ago, when 121 letters were sent to companies.
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A Record-Low 24 Warning Letters Were Sent To Device Firms In 2018. That's Because A 'Big Hammer' Isn't The Best Tool To Ensure Compliance, FDA Says
Only two dozen quality-related warning letters were sent by the US agency to device-makers in calendar year 2018 – the fewest ever issued to companies since the FDA's Quality System Regulation came into force in 1996. Two FDA officials share with Medtech Insight probable reasons for the decline in the enforcement missives, from regulatory meetings with firms to untitled letters, and more.
Philips Expert Urges Device Makers: Update Quality Systems To Conform To Revised Risk Standard ISO 14971
It’s time for manufacturers to begin adopting the new 2019 version of ISO 14971, the international standard for risk management widely used by industry. But firms need to do more work than just changing the date on risk-related procedures and documents to “2019,” says Jos Van Vroonhoven, a senior manager at Philips Healthcare who was intimately involved with the standard’s redo. From conducting gap assessments to creating cross-functional teams, both Van Vroonhoven and longtime industry expert Don Powers tell Medtech Insight how firms can keep their quality systems up-to-date to conform to ISO 14971:2019.