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Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Change to an Existing Device Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff October 2017

Final
Docket Number:
FDA-2016-D-2021
Issued by:
Guidance Issuing Office
Office of Medical Products and Tobacco, Center for Devices and Radiological Health

Almost from the enactment of the Medical Device Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) in 1976, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) has attempted to define with greater clarity when a change in a medical device would trigger the requirement that a manufacturer submit a new premarket notification (510(k)) to the Agency. This document supersedes FDA’s guidance Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Change to an Existing Device (K97-1), issued on January 10, 1997. This guidance is not intended to implement significant policy changes to FDA’s current thinking on when submission of a new 510(k) is required. Rather, the intent of this guidance is to enhance the predictability, consistency, and transparency of the “when to submit” decision-making process by providing a least burdensome approach, and describing in greater detail the regulatory framework, policies, and practices underlying such a decision.


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