Posts in Regulatory Compliance
FDA Recognizes It's Time for QSR 2.0

FDA first announced its intention to “harmonize and modernize” the Quality System Regulation (QSR) for medical devices in Spring of 2018. The idea is to modernize the regulatory framework and harmonize the requirements with the newly revised ISO 13485:2016, the international standard for medical device quality management systems.

Well, it’s about time!

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Regulatory Policy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) based devices are unique in their ability to learn from real-world use and experience, which can translate to rapid improvement in performance and new applications. In a sign of recognition of this capability, the FDA is proposing a new regulatory framework for review and approval of modifications to these devices after they have been cleared or approved.

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FDA Wants You to Take a STeP in the Right Direction

Recently, the FDA has taken 2 major steps to encourage innovation in medical devices. The first is finalizing guidance on the Breakthrough Device Program, which will enable accelerated approval of innovative medical devices that more effectively diagnose or treat life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating conditions.

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5 Signs Your Medical Device Could Become a Target of FDA Scrutiny

Last month, the FDA issued a Medical Device Enforcement and Quality Report, which provides a summary of FDA annual inspections data and a good explanation of their current approach to regulatory compliance. In providing this data and their commentary, the FDA is telling MedTech companies that they have a big stick (i.e. is the number of annual inspections has gone up in the last 10 years), but they are also offering a sweet carrot (i.e. they are taking a “risk-based” enforcement approach) to focus more on quality rather than simple compliance. 

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