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On this week's podcast, Shawn M. Schmitt talks about his first story in a multi-part Medtech Insight feature series on the appraisal of manufacturing capability and maturity, and what it means for the medical device industry. An ongoing US FDA pilot program – which uses an industry-tailored version of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) model and method – is discussed.
German maker of the Twion Power Push-Rim Power Drive System cited for quality systems violations; RADLogics was marketing its AlphaPoint software without pre-market approval or clearance from US FDA.
'Program Alignment' Turns 1: FDA Wants To Train Investigators On Innovative Tech As Part Of Its Inspection Scheme – But Will It Be A Cakewalk?
At the one-year anniversary of "program alignment" – US FDA's ambitious reorganization of its inspectional body – the agency is pushing hard to train its investigators on an array of medtech products. In that spirit, FDA has asked manufacturers to willingly open their doors to its investigators so they can learn more about the type of devices the firms are making, says Blake Bevill, a program division director for program alignment. Industry group AdvaMed and health-care organization Medical Alley Association are also getting in on the action by helping investigators learn about an array of topics, including software, electrical engineering, validation and design.
Now that US FDA's "program alignment" inspection paradigm is in full swing, does your device firm know where to send an FDA-483 response? How to alert the agency about a recall? Who to contact if there is a problem with an FDA investigator? If not, then check out the answers to those questions – and seven more – in this updated feature article.
More medical devices were recalled by manufacturers in the first quarter of 2018 than in any quarter since at least 2005, with 343 initiated. Moreover, there were 208.4 million units recalled in Q1 '18 – more units than in all of 2017. Check out our Q1 recalls infographic.
Scott Gottlieb wrote in a May 9 blog post that the agency will propose a new rule that will blend its Quality System Regulation with international quality systems standard ISO 13485. Gottlieb claims the new rule would "harmonize domestic and international requirements, and modernize the regulation," while making sure that device-makers "adhere to high, internationally accepted quality systems."