US FDA 510(k) Consulting for Medical Devices and IVDs


  • Which medical device classifications require an FDA 510(k)?
  • What are the phases of the 510(k) preparation process?
  • How long is our 510(k) clearance valid?

One of the first steps toward selling a Class II medical device or IVD in the United States is to file a Premarket Notification with the FDA, also known as an FDA 510(k) submission. Technically, the FDA does not "approve" medical devices or IVDs for sale under the 510(k) process; the agency gives "clearance" for them to be sold in the U.S. We use the term "FDA approval" and "FDA clearance interchangably.

Free whitepaper: Overview of the US FDA 510(k) medical device process.

Who must submit an FDA 510(k) premarket notification?

In general, manufacturers wishing to introduce Class II medical devices (and a small number of Class I and III devices) or IVDs to the US market must submit a 510(k) to the FDA. A 510(k) premarket notification is also required for manufacturers changing the intended use of their medical device, or changing the technology of a cleared device in such a way that it may significantly affect the device's safety or effectiveness.

We can help with US FDA 510(k) submissions

To ensure a successful 510(k) submission, we take a two-step approach. Over the years, we have found this approach is cost-effective for our clients, and it dramatically reduces the probability of failure to receive FDA clearance of a 510(k) submission.

Step 1: Pre 510(k) submission gap analysis and requirements evaluation

  • The proposed intended use and design of your device help us determine the proper FDA product code and regulation number, which may point to device-specific guidance documents or required standards.
  • We evaluate similar devices that already have FDA 510(k) clearance to determine whether any are suitable for use to determine substantial equivalence for your device. These are referred to as predicate devices.
  • We provide a product-specific list of documents and information needed for the 510(k) submission.
  • An assigned U.S. regulatory consultant will review the information to determine its suitability for the 510(k) submission.
  • After evaluating this documentation, we prepare a detailed gap analysis report identifying incomplete or missing information required for a complete 510(k) submission.

Once you receive the comprehensive gap analysis, Emergo can help you close these "gaps" and will review additional information.

Step 2: Dossier compilation and FDA 510(k) submission

When all required documents and information have been received, Emergo will prepare your final 510(k) submission. We will:

  • Prepare a technical comparison of your medical device to the predicate device(s).
  • Prepare all 21 sections of the FDA 510(k) application.
  • Submit the hard copy and eCopy of the 510(k) to the CDRH division within the FDA and be the correspondent for further communications with the FDA.
  • Coordinate payment of FDA 510(k) submission fees on your behalf.
  • Immediately communicate with you regarding all information received from the FDA following the 510(k) submission, and assist in addressing their requests for additional information, if applicable.

Learn more about what happens after 510(k) regulatory clearance.

We want you to be successful introducing your device to the US market. As a FDA consulting firm for medical devices and IVD, we have successfully prepared and submitted FDA 510(k) submissions for medical device and IVD companies from around the world seeking to sell in the United States.

Request Information from our Specialists

All fields are required unless specified.
* Required Field