FDA Launches Pilot For Makers Of Single-Use 510(k) Devices To Encourage Sterilization Switch
Under the US FDA’s voluntary 510(k) Sterility Change Master File Pilot Program, nine firms will be selected to send to the agency updated master files that detail novel sterilization processes without the need to submit a new 510(k). The goal is to move industry away from using ethylene oxide (EtO) to sterilize devices.
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The US FDA may launch a pilot program that would allow PMA-holders to submit updated master files to the agency if the manufacturers change sterilization methods.
As concerns continue to mount over a potential shortage of medical devices due to the closure of ethylene oxide (EtO) facilities, the US agency is looking for nine sterilizers in a pilot project that could allow them to get facility and process changes approved faster.
While a number of US states are taking actions that could potentially ban or limit ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization plants in their communities, the FDA, industry and others are raising the alarm that such moves could lead to a shortage of medical devices critical to patients.