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CDRH 2018 - 2020 Strategic Priorities

CDRH 2016 - 2017 Strategic Priorities – Accomplishments

CDRH 2016 - 2017 Strategic Priorities

Note: Information is as of December 31, 2017.  The data provided on this website is produced on an ongoing basis for performance management purposes and is subject to change due to updates of preliminary estimates, corrections, or other reasons. In addition, FDA may change the type or amount of data provided on this website at any time.

Establish a National Evaluation System for Medical Devices

I. Increase Access to Real-World Evidence to Support Regulatory Decision Making

II. Increase the Use of Real-World Evidence to Support Regulatory Decision Making

III. Highlights

  • National Evaluation System for health Technology (NEST):  In 2016, FDA awarded $3 million to the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) to establish the Coordinating Center.  The NEST Coordinating Center (NESTccdisclaimer icon) was established in 2016 and the Governing Committee and an Executive Director were selected in 2017.  In December, 2017, NESTcc issued its Strategic & Operational Planning: 2017-2022disclaimer icon.  FDA continues to support projects that generate real-world evidence through cooperative agreements with the NESTcc.  In FY18 NESTcc, was awarded a five-year cooperative agreement with annual funding of $6 million from dedicated user fee funding in support of MDUFA IV real-world evidence commitments
  • Framework for the incorporation of real-world evidence into regulatory decision making In 2017, FDA issued final guidance to describe how real-world evidence may be used to support pre- and postmarket regulatory decision making and the factors the Agency and industry should use to determine whether or not real-world evidence is fit-for-purpose to support a particular pre- or postmarket decision.  

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Partner with Patients

I. Promote a Culture of Meaningful Patient Engagement by Facilitating CDRH Interaction with Patients

II. Increase Use and Transparency of Patient Input as Evidence in Our Decision Making

III. Highlights

  • Patient Engagement Advisory Committee: FDA established the Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC).  PEAC held its inaugural meeting in October 2017.  The Committee was convened to discuss patient-centered medical device clinical trials.
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) and Patient Preference Information (PPI): CDRH sees many examples of PRO measures used in clinical trials every year, but individual sponsors may not be aware of the utility of PROs in a particular device area.  To assist, in 2017, CDRH issued a report on the Value and Use of Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs) in Assessing Effects of Medical Devices, which includes a CDRH PRO Compendium which lists many, but not all, of the PROs that can be used and reported in medical devices premarket clinical studies submitted to CDRH.  In addition, CDRH partnered with multiple collaborators to host a Patient Preference workshopdisclaimer icon, designed to raise awareness regarding the state of science and patient preferences, discuss how to best incorporate PPI in medical product development and evaluation, and discuss how the capacity can be developed to further the field.
  • Patient and Care-partner Connections (P&CC): In November 2016, CDRH announced the establishment of the P&CC program. This program provides CDRH staff with a formal process by which they can engage with patients and care-partners to obtain input on key issues. P&CC will broaden CDRH's exposure to patients' and care-partners' experiences regarding specific disease states and/or medical devices used for the patient's treatment, diagnosis, or assessment.

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Promote a Culture of Quality and Organizational Excellence

I. Strengthen FDA's Culture of Quality within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health

II. Strengthen Product and Manufacturing Quality with the Medical Device Ecosystem

III. Highlights

  • Quality Management: Since 2016, over 900 CDRH staff have enrolled in formal quality training and over 180 have attained quality and process improvement related certifications, including 46 new auditor certifications, 120 new quality associate certifications, and 18 new lean six  sigma certifications. As of December 2017, over 740 staff were enrolled in the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Quality 101disclaimer icon class, which prepares them for the Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA) certification exam.
  • Case for Quality Pilots: The Premarket Approval (PMA) Critical-to -Quality Pilot Program goal is to streamline the premarket approval process while assuring that a firm's quality system includes controls for features and characteristics considered critical to the safety and effectiveness of the device. Through this program, the FDA intends to forego conducting a preapproval inspection, which it would usually conduct, and instead conduct a post-approval inspection. Such post-approval inspections would focus on the design, manufacturing, and quality assurance practices identified by the applicant in its PMA. The Voluntary Medical Device Manufacturing and Product Quality Pilot Program uses third-party teams certified by the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Institute to conduct quality system maturity appraisals using a maturity appraisal model developed by CMMI. The goal of these appraisals is to drive continuous improvement and organizational excellence among participating medical device manufacturing sites. Enrolled participants commit to engage early with CDRH and are required to submit baseline metrics before and during the appraisal to monitor their progress. 



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