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Regulatory News: FDA Releases Final Guidance on ISO 10993-1 for Medical Device Evaluation and Testing

The FDA has recently released a crucial guidance document aimed at aiding the medical device industry in preparing various applications, including Premarket Applications (PMAs), Humanitarian Device Exceptions (HDEs), Investigational Device Applications (IDEs), Premarket Notifications (510(k)s), and De Novo requests. This guidance is particularly focused on devices that either directly or indirectly interact with the human body, with the aim of assessing the potential for any undesirable biological response that may arise from the device's contact with the body's component materials.

The primary objective of this guidance is to offer enhanced clarity and updated information concerning the utilization of the International Standard ISO 10993-1, titled "Biological evaluation of medical devices - Part 1: Evaluation and testing within a risk management process". By providing this additional guidance, the FDA seeks to streamline and support the application process to the agency.

The document encompasses several key considerations, including the implementation of risk-based approaches to ascertain whether biocompatibility testing is necessary. Additionally, it provides recommendations for chemical assessments and advises on biocompatibility test article preparation for devices containing submicron or nanotechnology components, as well as for devices made from in situ polymerizing and/or absorbable materials. Furthermore, it offers valuable insights into biocompatibility recommendations in cases where specific materials exclusively come into contact with intact skin.

This comprehensive guidance from the FDA is a significant stride towards ensuring the safety and efficacy of medical devices, underscoring the importance of thorough evaluation and testing within a risk management framework. Manufacturers and developers in the medical device industry are encouraged to closely adhere to these guidelines to facilitate a smoother application process and, ultimately, to deliver safer, more reliable devices for patients.

Full source and guidance is available HERE

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