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FDA issues final guidance on devices containing animal-derived materials


  • FDA has issued final guidance on medical devices containing animal or animal-derived materials.
  • The guidance supersedes the version issued in 1998 and expands on recommendations in this earlier document.
  • Recommendations in the guidance align with ISO standards series that addresses medical devices containing animal tissue and animal-derived materials.

US FDA Publishes Revised List of Recognized Medical Device Standards

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced changes to the list of recognized standards the agency uses in the medical device regulatory process.

Manufacturers should familiarize themselves with the revised FDA list in order to issue accurate Declarations of Conformity and ensure compliance with these standards as part of their US medical device registration efforts.

US FDA Establishment Registration Renewal Deadline Extended

The FDA recently announced that the annual period for medical device establishment registration renewal has been extended by one month. The fiscal year 2013 (October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013) registration renewal period was originally scheduled to end on December 31, 2012. Thanks to the extension, manufacturers now have until January 31, 2013 to renew their establishment registration.

New 510(k) Timeframe and Performance Goals at US FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration has set new review timeframes and performance goals for 510(k) premarket notification reviews of medical devices following Congressional approval of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments of 2012 (MDUFA III) earlier this year. By 2017, the agency intends to reduce the average total time for 510(k) decisions to 124 days from 150 days for fiscal year 2012.

FDA to Require Electronic Filing of Medical Device Registration Submissions

The US Food and Drug Administration has published guidance outlining its plans for requiring medical device manufacturers to submit registration materials electronically via the agency’s eCopy Program.

The eCopy Program is currently voluntary, but will become mandatory upon finalization of the proposed guidance as required by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act signed into law earlier in 2012. Once mandatory, the program will require manufacturers to submit eCopies along with standard application documents in order for the FDA to process and review them. Applications that do not include eCopies of their submissions will be put on hold until applicants provide eCopies.