Futureproofing Your Medical Device QMS for Global UDI Expansion

The Unique Device Identification (UDI) system was conceived as a means of harmonizing identification of medical devices throughout the distribution chain and at the point of use. UDI is required on labeling for Class II and III devices sold in the US (Class I enforcement begins September 2022), and you are likely aware that it’s coming soon under the EU MDR. Less commonly known is the fact that other countries and regions around the globe are also beginning to require […]

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2019 IMDRF Guidance Changes Related to Clinical Evidence, Evaluation, and Investigations

Since the release of the European Medical Device Regulation and MEDDEV 2.7/1 Rev 4, medical device regulatory professionals are craving clarity on issues related to clinical data that supports new global submissions and ongoing regulatory compliance. Late in 2019, the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) issued three updated guidance documents that clear up confusion and harmonize the guidance with the EU MDR. They include: Clinical Investigation – IMDRF MDCE WG/N57FINAL:2019 (formerly GHTF/SG5/N3:2010) Clinical Evaluation – IMDRF MDCE WG/N56FINAL:2019 (formerly […]

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The FDA QSIT: Understanding What Happens During a Medical Device QMS Inspection

QSIT Audit

Unlike Regulatory Authorities in most other countries, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relies on random inspections to keep medical device manufacturers honest. Random audits can occur at any time, and that means manufacturers must always remain in compliance with the FDA Quality System Regulation (QSR). There are simply too many medical device manufacturers for FDA to inspect annually, so FDA prioritizes its limited inspection staff according to the risk posed by manufacturers and their devices. Some companies get […]

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What’s the Difference Between a Design History File (DHF), Device Master Record (DMR), and Device History Record (DHR)?

This is the last in a 3-part blog series on medical device design control. In the first post we talked about the basics followed by design inputs and outputs. We’ve also combined all three posts into one easy-to-read PDF, plus added some extras. Download it here. Congratulations. You’ve created all of your design inputs, defined the outputs, and conducted design verification. Your design is complete and you are ready for production. Now it’s time to make sure those design outputs are […]

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