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Epidemiologic Research Program

The Epidemiologic Research Program (ERP) is a combined intramural/extramural program in the epidemiology division of the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics (OSB), a component of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).

ERP builds on a research infrastructure that includes a variety of organizations, collaborations, and databases, and it conducts independent research on marketed medical devices in support of CDRH regulatory decisions, including studies on safety and effectiveness, utilization and public health impact.

The ERP helps fulfill important CDRH goals by:

  • Monitoring medical devices and radiation-emitting devices for continued safety after they are in use; and
  • Disseminating accurate, science-based information on device performance.