One Small Step For US FDA, But Maybe A Giant Leap For SaMDs
In a midyear update from the FDA, regulators say a retrospective review of companies in its pre-cert pilot program has concluded that evaluating a company for excellence markers could be sufficient to let software as a medical device (SaMD) onto the market. However, at least one critic says the update doesn’t answer some of the most critical questions about whether the program meets the agency's own requirements and if it creates unfair advantages for certain companies.
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CDRH’s Shuren Talks MDUFA, Industry’s Premarket Wants, Emerging Technologies, And More In Wide-Ranging Interview
In an exclusive interview with Medtech Insight, FDA device center director Jeff Shuren said the agency will possibly discuss issues such as postmarket surveillance and patient engagement in upcoming MDUFA negotiations. He also talked about some recent big wins for the agency and his vision for the coming year.
There's A Lot On FDA’s 2020 Guidance Priorities Lists – But The Software Pre-Cert Program Isn't One Of Them
The US FDA's device center has released its annual proposed guidance document lists for fiscal year 2020. Industry experts pointed out that the lists don't address the agency's software precertification program that it has been working on so hard. That may just mean the issue has fallen off of the FDA's radar or the agency needs congressional authority to move ahead with issuing guidances on the topic, an industry expert says. Also notable is a lack of an artificial intelligence guidance.