COVID-19 Associated Medical Gadgets: FDA Finalizes Transition Plan Steerage



On March 27, 2023, the U.S. Meals & Drug Administration (FDA) launched two remaining steering paperwork to help with transitioning medical gadgets: (i) that had been topic to sure enforcement insurance policies issued through the COVID-19 Public Well being Emergency (PHE), and (ii) that had been issued emergency use authorizations (EUAs). These steering paperwork finalize the corresponding draft steering paperwork that had been issued on December 23, 2021. In a earlier , we mentioned a number of key takeaways from the draft variations of those transition steering paperwork.

“Transition Plan for Medical Gadgets That Fall Inside Enforcement Insurance policies Issued In the course of the Coronavirus Illness 2019 (COVID-19) Public Well being Emergency” Closing Steerage

Within the “” remaining steering, the FDA discusses the transition plan for medical gadgets that had been topic to sure enforcement insurance policies issued through the PHE. FDA confirms that the insurance policies listed within the steering, that are set forth in Checklist 1 thereto, will stay in impact till 180 days after the tip of the PHE. The PHE declaration is scheduled to run out on Could 11, 2023. Due to this fact, the enforcement insurance policies recognized in Checklist 1 will now not be in impact after November 7, 2023.

Within the steering, the FDA gives suggestions for a “phased transition course of” with respect to gadgets that fall throughout the expiring COVID-19 PHE enforcement insurance policies. The FDA summarizes the three phases of the 180-day transition plan as follows:

  • Section 1 (Could 11, 2023): Producers ought to observe adversarial occasion reporting necessities as described in 21 C.F.R. § 803.
  • Section 2 (August 9, 2023): If planning to proceed to distribute their gadgets after Section 2, producers want to stick to registration and itemizing necessities (21 C.F.R. § 807 Subparts B-D) and may adhere to necessities related to studies of corrections and removals (21 C.F.R § 806).
  • Section 3 (November 7, 2023): In Section 3 the enforcement insurance policies recognized in Checklist 1 will now not be in impact. FDA states it doesn’t intend to object to continued distribution of gadgets the place a required advertising and marketing submission has been submitted and accepted by FDA earlier than the beginning of Section 3, and FDA has not taken a remaining motion on the advertising and marketing submission. FDA additional signifies that it doesn’t intend to object to the gadgets not complying with sure distinctive system identification (UDI) programs necessities and different relevant labeling necessities described in 21 C.F.R. § 801.

FDA recommends producers submit a “Transition Implementation Plan” with their advertising and marketing submissions (if wanted) that addresses the producer’s plans for addressing gadgets already distributed, which plans want to incorporate actions to be taken within the occasion both a optimistic or damaging determination by the FDA on the advertising and marketing submission. Moreover, FDA strongly encourages producers to finish and submit these submissions properly prematurely of the beginning of Section 3. That is really helpful to keep away from potential delays created by a big inflow of recent submissions.

“Transition Plan for Medical Gadgets Issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) Associated to Coronavirus Illness 2019 (COVID-19)” Closing Steerage

Within the “” remaining steering (“EUA Steerage”), the FDA confirms that the tip of the PHE won’t robotically terminate EUAs. As an alternative, these EUAs will stay in impact till the related EUA declaration is terminated, or the FDA in any other case revokes a selected EUA. 

The EUA Steerage consists of suggestions for sure reusable life-supporting or life-sustaining gadgets, gadgets distributed after the EUA termination date, laboratory developed assessments, and EUA-authorized in vitro diagnostics topic to Medical Laboratory Enchancment Amendments of 1988 categorization and waivers. With respect to sure reusable life-supporting or life-sustaining gadgets, FDA requests producers of such gadgets to submit data relating to whether or not or not they intend to submit advertising and marketing submissions to proceed distributing the system(s) after the relevant EUA termination date.

Moreover, FDA states within the EUA Steerage that it’ll not object to the continued distribution of gadgets after the system’s relevant EUA termination date if (1) the producer has submitted a advertising and marketing submission that’s accepted by FDA previous to the EUA termination date, and (2) FDA has not taken remaining motion on the advertising and marketing submission. Due to this fact, it is strongly recommended that producers of those gadgets submit advertising and marketing submissions properly prematurely of the EUA termination date.

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