Recently Posted FDA Guidance Documents

The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) posted these new items on on August 29, 2019. To view listings for other dates, see CDRH New – News and Updates.

Consideration of Uncertainty in Making Benefit-Risk Determinations in Medical Device Premarket Approvals, De Novo Classifications, and Humanitarian Device Exemptions

This guidance document describes the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA or Agency) current approach to considering uncertainty in making benefit-risk determinations to support FDA premarket decisions for medical device premarket approval applications (PMAs), De Novo requests, and humanitarian device exemption (HDE) applications. FDA believes the approach described in this guidance promotes the public health by helping patients have timely access to new medical devices meeting the applicable statutory standard for safety and effectiveness, such that probable benefits of device use outweigh the probable risks and the device will provide clinically significant results in a significant portion of the target population, based on the totality of the valid scientific evidence.

Factors to Consider When Making Benefit-Risk Determinations in Medical Device Premarket Approval and De Novo Classifications

FDA has developed this guidance document to provide greater clarity for FDA reviewers and industry regarding the principal factors FDA considers when making benefit-risk determinations during the premarket review process for certain medical devices. FDA believes that the uniform application of the factors listed in this guidance document will improve the predictability, consistency, and transparency of the premarket review process.

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