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Companies that design, manufacture, repackage, relabel, and/or import medical devices into the United States are regulated by FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). 

The owner of the device/product could have designed it but then had it manufactured by a contract manufacturer.

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What It Means When FDA "Clears" or "Approves" a Medical Device?

When FDA review is needed prior to marketing a medical device, FDA will either "clear" the device after reviewing a premarket notification, otherwise known as a 510(k) (named for a section in the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act), that has been filed with FDA, or More...

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Alberto Gutierrez, director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health on new diagnostic tests and personalized medicine.  Watch FDA Basics Videos...

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