New and Noteworthy

  • Did you know accelerometers are used in some medical devices?  Medical applications include Zoll’s AED Plus and Zephyr Technology Corporation’s BioHarness. Zoll’s AED Plus uses CPR-D padz which contain an accelerometer to measure the depth of CPR chest compressions. In the BioHarness, the signal from an internal tri-axis accelerometer is digitized and analyzed using proprietary algorithms to determine activity and body orientation. Follow this link to learn more about the history and applications of the accelerometer!
  • The slides for the Big Event 2016 held on April 15, 2016 can be found here. The slides used by Robert Freeman can be downloaded here.
  • The slides for the Medical Devices 101 educational forum held on April 17, 2015 can be found here.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to reclassify ultraviolet (UV) lamps intended to tan the skin from class I (general controls) exempt from premarket notification to class II (special controls) and subject to premarket notification, and to rename them sunlamp products. FDA is also designating special controls that are necessary to provide a reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of the device. FDA is proposing this reclassification on its own initiative based on new information. [Proposed Order]
  • FDA issues proposal to improve the quality of automated external defibrillators.  The proposed order, if finalized, will require manufacturers of these life-saving devices to submit pre-market approval (PMA) applications. [Press Announcement]
  • FDA announces public-private partnership to develop regulatory science that will speed patient access to new medical device technologies [Press Announcement]
  • FDA posts a letter to industry announcing the launch of the CDRH Export Certification and Tracking System (CECATS) [FAQ]
  • FDA posted an interesting video on Regulatory Science
  • Did you know that you can now submit online a request for information to the FDA under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?
  • FDA CDRH issues a new draft guidance: “Refuse to Accept Policy for 510(k)s” [PDF]
  • FDA issues a “Draft Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff Medical Devices on The Pre-Submission Program and Meetings with FDA Staff” [Guidance] [Comment]
  • FDA publishes new guidance on considerations used in device approval, de novo decisions [Press Release] [Guidance]
  • How FDA’s Science and Engineering Labs Solve Public Health Problems: The Huber Needle Story [Video]
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