FDA continues to improve device approval process

The department of the FDA tasked with regulating novel medical devices, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), has issued a new report touting the recent improvements made towards streamlining the approval process. The report highlights the success of the Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) process in particular, which is used to determine whether the sponsor has provided enough information to be sure that the study does not present an unreasonable risk to its participants.

According to an FDA blog post, the agency reviews an IDE submission in 30 days or less, and this process helps to better prepare sponsors for the approval process. The FDA reviews the sponsor's submission, looking for any missing pieces or areas where further clarification will be necessary. The agency also evaluates the qualifications of the clinical investigators, the clinical trial design and the health status of participating patients. 

"Over the past year, CDRH has taken a number of actions to expedite the safe initiation of clinical trials in the U.S., and we believe these policies will result in conducting clinical studies in the U.S. earlier in the device development process than was the case in the past," the FDA's blog post read. 

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