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Letters to Industry

Letters to Industry

This webpage is a resource for external stakeholders that contain correspondence issued by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) for a variety of purposes. These primarily include Warning Letters, Untitled Letters, "It Has Come To Our Attention" letters and letters used to communicate broadly with industry.

Chapter 4 of the Regulatory Procedures Manual (RPM) contains Agency guidance and procedures for Warning Letters and Untitled Letters.

Warning Letters

Chapter 4-1-1 of the RPM, on Warning Letter Procedures states "When it is consistent with the public protection responsibilities of the agency and depending on the nature of the violation, it is the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) practice to give individuals and firms an opportunity to take voluntary and prompt corrective action before it initiates an enforcement action. Warning Letters are issued to achieve voluntary compliance and to establish prior notice. (Prior notice is discussed in Chapter 10 of the Regulatory Procedures Manual. The use of Warning Letters and the prior notice policy are based on the expectation that most individuals and firms will voluntarily comply with the law.

The agency position is that Warning Letters are issued only for violations of regulatory significance. Significant violations are those violations that may lead to enforcement action if not promptly and adequately corrected. A Warning Letter is the agency's principal means of achieving prompt voluntary compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act)."

Consistent with Chapter 4-1-13 of the RPM on Freedom of Information, all FDA-issued Warning Letters (redacted) should be posted on FDA.gov to permit the public to obtain a copy directly without the need to submit a formal FOIA request.

Untitled Letters

Chapter 4-2-1 of the RPM, Untitled Letters Policy states "An Untitled Letter cites violations that do not meet the threshold of regulatory significance for a Warning Letter." Unlike a Warning Letter, an Untitled Letter does not include a statement that warns the individual or firm that failure to promptly correct the violation may result in enforcement action.

Consistent with Agency practice described on the Issuance of Untitled Letters webpage, webpage, FDA generally posts an Untitled Letter to a Center website on FDA.gov when the Center has determined posting would be appropriate because one or more of the following apply: (1) FDA has received or anticipates receiving 3 or more requests for the letter under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); (2) FDA believes that doing so would inform the public about violative practices and conditions that may pose a risk to their health; (3) FDA believes that doing so would deter future violations and allow similarly situated regulated entities to determine what activities and practices FDA finds violative and use the information to increase compliance with the law. This policy does not preclude Center offices from electing to proactively post all untitled letters within a particular program area. Where FDA adopts an approach to posting untitled letters in a particular program area, the posting will be done as soon as possible, but normally no later than 10 workdays after the letter has been issued.

It Has Come to Our Attention Letters (IHCTOA)

In certain situations, CDRH may become aware that regulated industry may be promoting a medical device product in a manner that potentially violates the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and its implementing regulations. CDRH may issue an "It Has Come to Our Attention" Letter (IHCTOA Letter) to regulated industry as an early communication to gather additional information and provide the member of regulated industry. Certain IHCTOA letters were publicly posted prior to the update of this website, and remain available here. These letters are not intended to communicate that FDA is considering enforcement action and therefore will not be publicly posted in the future, but remain subject to disclosure pursuant to FOIA.

Communication Letters

CDRH also issues letters to industry, which are intended to serve as communication products that inform industry broadly of issues related to specific devices or a class of devices. CDRH generally posts these letters to ensure widest distribution of messaging.

Letters to Industry (Medical Devices)

Title Category Date
Labeling Request Letter to Pen Needle Manufacturers - September 27, 2018 Communication 09/27/18
Letter to Manufacturers of Enteral Feeding Tubes, Health Care Professionals, and Hospital Purchasing Departments and Distributors: The FDA Encourages Use of Enteral Device Connectors that Reduce Risk of Misconnection and Patient Injury - September 7, 2018 Communication 09/07/18
UDI Extension Letter to Manufacturers of Drug/Device or Biologic/Device Combination Products assigned to Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) for Premarket Review - August 9, 2018 (PDF - 86KB) Communication 08/09/18
Venus Concept, Ltd. - August 1, 2018 (PDF - 37KB) IHCTOA 08/01/18
BTL Industries, Inc. Letter - July 26, 2018 (PDF - 37KB) IHCTOA 07/26/18
Cynosure, Inc. Letter - July 24, 2018 (PDF - 42KB) IHCTOA 07/24/18
Alma Lasers Letter - July 24, 2018 (PDF - 40KB) IHCTOA 07/24/18
Sciton, Inc. Letter - July 24, 2018 (PDF - 37KB) IHCTOA 07/24/18
Thermigen, Inc. Letter - July 24, 2018 (PDF - 37KB) IHCTOA 07/24/18
Inmode MD Ltd. Letter - July 24, 2018 (PDF - 57KB) IHCTOA 07/24/18
Letter to Hearing Aid Manufacturers about Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids - July 24, 2018 (PDF - 67KB) Communication 07/24/18
Letter to Device Labelers on UDI Compliance Dates for Class I and Unclassified Devices – June 2, 2017 (PDF - 80KB) Communication 06/02/17
UDI Extension Letter to Soft Contact Lens Labelers - March 30, 2017 (PDF - 66KB) Communication 03/30/17
UDI Extension Letter to Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lens Manufacturers - September 22, 2016 (PDF - 128KB) Communication 09/22/16
UDI Extension Letter to Device Labelers - September 6, 2016 (PDF - 163KB) Communication 10/06/16
Syringe Pump Labeling Request Letter (PDF - 69KB) Communication 08/24/16
Letter to Endometrial Ablation Industry about Objective Performance Criteria (PDF - 97KB) Communication 10/29/15
DuPont Letter Regarding Transition Tyvek (PDF - 199KB) Communication 10/02/15
Pathway Genomics Letter - September 21, 2015 (PDF - 48KB) IHCTOA 09/21/15
Fujifilm Corp 510k Status Letter - August 12, 2015 (PDF - 604KB) IHCTOA 08/12/15
Hoya (Pentax) Corp 510k Status Letter - August 12, 2015 (PDF - 449KB) IHCTOA 08/12/15
Soft Tissue Fillers Labeling Request Letter (PDF - 38KB) Communication 05/26/16
Olympus Medical Systems It Has Come To Our Attention Letter - March 18, 2014 (PDF - 391KB) IHCTOA 03/18/14
UDI Extension Letter to Class III Contact Lens and Intraocular Lens Labelers - August 15, 2014 Communication 08/19/14
UDI Extension Letter to Implant Labelers - November 19, 2014 (PDF - 119KB) Communication 11/19/15
Letter Regarding Removal of Notary Block on Export Certificates Communication 03/01/14
Letter to Medical Device Establishments: Enhancements to CDRH Export Certification and Tracking System (CECATS) (PDF - 86KB) Communication 02/24/14
Letter to Biosense Technologies Private Limited concerning the uChek Urine Analyzer IHCTOA 05/21/13
Letter to Manufacturers Concerning SIDS Prevention Medical Claims for Baby Products Communication 10/17/11
Letter To Foreign and Domestic Medical Device and Component Establishments That May Be Affected by the March 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Communication 06/01/11