Medical Devices in a Modern World
Medical devices are present in almost all aspects of life; they are everywhere. As technology continues to improve and drive the world we live in, medical devices and their associated technologies are evolving. Although these developing technologies have led to significant advancements in modern medicine, they have also made it increasingly more challenging from a regulatory perspective. During the medical device development process, companies need to fully understand the FDA’s medical device regulations to meet compliance standards.
That is where we enter the equation – ProPharma Group is here to help you with all matters concerning the regulation and compliance of your medical device or combination product. No matter where you are in the medical device development process, our team can provide expert guidance to ensure you meet FDA medical device regulations.
Contact us to learn more about our medical device consulting services, or read on below for additional information. For companies in the EU, check out our EU Medical Device Development page.
Medical Device Development Process and Regulations Overview
Before diving into our services, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the medical device development process. The FDA lists five stages in this process, with the purpose of ensuring design control so products are effective and safe.
The FDA’s stages in the medical device development process include:
- Phase I: Initiation Opportunity and Risk Analysis
- Phase II: Formulation Concept and Feasibility
- Phase III: Design and Development
- Phase IV: Final Validation and Product Launch Preparation
- Phase V: Product Launch and Post Launch Assessment
Furthermore, the FDA notes the following regulatory requirements for medical devices:
- Establishment registration,
- Medical Device Listing,
- Premarket Notification 510(k), unless exempt, or Premarket Approval (PMA),
- Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) for clinical studies
- Quality System (QS) regulation,
- Labeling requirements, and
- Medical Device Reporting (MDR)
No matter what stage of the medical device development process you’re currently in, ProPharma Group’s consultants can help you understand and stay compliant with the FDA’s regulations.
ProPharma Group’s Comprehensive Medical Device Consulting Capabilities
ProPharma has a full range of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consulting capabilities, including an all-inclusive medical device consulting service offering. Our medical device consulting capabilities include all regulatory and compliance aspects of device and combination product development. We have experience with medical devices across all classes spanning a diverse range of indications.
We are highly qualified to assist you during all product development phases, through the approval process, and with post-marketing requirements. Some of our medical device consulting capabilities include:
It is essential to have a strategic and well-thought-out plan when preparing to approach the FDA seeking approval of your medical device. Each interaction with the Agency should be carefully and tactically organized to maximize the information gained at each step in the medical device development process. A regulatory strategy provides the roadmap that you need.
Each company and product are unique. Accordingly, the journey taken to obtain FDA approval for your medical device will also be unique. We understand this and develop customized regulatory strategies for every company and every product, focusing on each client’s individual needs.
At each step in the development of your medical device, you will gain new information and data that will construct and change the steps that follow. As this happens, your regulatory strategy will transform as well. When this happens, we will work with you to integrate any new information into your overall plan, even if we didn’t develop the initial strategy. We will audit and adjust your regulatory strategy to optimize the pathway to approval for your medical device.
The goal of any FDA meeting is to get answers to critical questions and gain insight into the Agency’s expectations. To achieve these goals, the meeting must be meticulously planned and executed impeccably, leaving the FDA with the best impression of both your medical device and your company. Making all of the pieces fit together requires the knowledge and experience of an expert. That is where we come into play. ProPharma Group has the experience, knowledge, and expertise to ensure your FDA meeting is planned and conducted as seamlessly as possible.
ProPharma Group’s medical device-related FDA meeting services include:
- Pre-Submission Meetings
- Submission Issue Meetings
- Informational Meetings
- Premarket Approval (PMA) Day 100 Meetings
- Medical Device Advisory Committee Meetings
Before a medical device can be sold in the United States, it must be evaluated and approved by the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). This approval is achieved by submitting the appropriate application(s) based on the device’s classification. Regulatory requirements vary based on whether your product is a Class I, II, or III medical device. ProPharma Group can help you determine your device’s classification and assist in the preparation and submission of the appropriate application(s).
ProPharma Group’s medical device submission services include:
- Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Submissions
- 513(g) Request for Information Submissions
- 510(k) (Premarket Notification) Submissions
- Premarket Approval (PMA) Submissions
- De Novo Request Submissions
- Humanitarian Use Designation (HUD)/Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) Submissions
Medical Device FDA Registration and Listings
All facilities involved in the production and distribution of medical devices are required to register annually with the FDA. Most of the establishments subject to FDA’s registration requirements must also list the devices made in their facility and the activities performed on those devices.
Medical device registration and listing are critical to the regulation of medical devices. It provides the FDA with the location of all medical device establishments. It outlines all devices manufactured at those establishments, helping the Agency prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. However, determining whether you are required to register and list your facility and product(s) and then complete the registration and listing process can be very challenging. We can help you navigate this landscape, making each step as smooth and painless as possible.
Like drugs and other FDA-regulated products, medical devices must also be compliant with the Agency’s Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. Meeting these requirements is not always easy. ProPharma Group takes a holistic approach to quality and compliance, leveraging our expertise in 21 CFR 820 and 21 CFR 4 to ensure your medical device or combination product is compliant with all applicable FDA regulations.
Our medical device-related quality and compliance services include:
- GCP and GMP Audits
- Quality Systems Design and Implementation
- Assess Quality System Regulations (QSR) Compliance
- Software Validation
- Support for ISO certification and Compliance
- Product Development Planning and Design
- Remediation services after receiving an FDA Form 483, Warning Letter, or Consent Decree
Medical Device Risk Management and Human Factors Engineering
Risk management is a critical component of medical device development and manufacturing. When working to minimize any use-related hazards and risks associated with your medical device, you must focus on how users interact with the device. ProPharma Group can help you do exactly that. Using the standards laid out in ISO 14971, we can help you determine whether the benefits of your medical device outweigh any potential risks and help you present the data to the FDA.
ProPharma Group: Medical Device Consulting Experts
Regardless of where you are in the development or approval of your medical device, we can help. We take a proprietary approach to the FDA, combining deep and broad scientific knowledge with extensive regulatory experience. This method has proven successful for decades, as we have assisted our clients in achieving FDA approvals for more than 30 years. Our emphasis on science, coupled with the technical expertise of our medical device experts, allows us to effectively communicate with the FDA on their wavelength in support of your product.
Contact us to learn how we can help you stay compliant with FDA regulations throughout the medical device development process.