What are the Classification Panels
Most medical devices can be classified by finding the matching description of the device in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 862-892. FDA has classified and described over 1,700 distinct types of devices and organized them in the CFR into 16 medical specialty "panels" such as Cardiovascular devices or Ear, Nose, and Throat devices. These panels are found in Parts 862 through 892 in the CFR. For each of the devices classified by the FDA the CFR gives a general description including the intended use, the class to which the device belongs (i.e., Class I, II, or III), and information about marketing requirements. Your device should meet the definition in a classification regulation contained in 21 CFR 862-892.
How to Locate Classification Regulations
|Medical Specialty||Regulation Citation (21CFR)|
|77||Ear, Nose, and Throat||Part 874|
|78||Gastroenterology and Urology||Part 876|
|79||General and Plastic Surgery||Part 878|
|80||General Hospital||Part 880|
|85||Obstetrical and Gynecological||Part 884|
|89||Physical Medicine||Part 890|
Where to Proceed From Classification
If your device requires premarket notification [510(k)] proceed to the Premarket Notification [510(k)] page. For Class I devices exempt from [510(k)] the submission of a [510(k)] and marketing clearance from FDA is not required. If your Class I (or certain class II) device is exempt, subject to the limitations on exemptions, from the 510(k) process, this will be stated in the classification regulation. However, other General Controls such as registration and listing, labeling, and good manufacturing practices apply. If you have a Class III device requiring premarket approval (PMA) proceed to Premarket Approval (PMA) page.