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Medical Device Reporting for Manufacturers Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff November 2016

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This guidance document describes and explains the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA, we, us) current regulation that addresses reporting and recordkeeping requirements applicable to manufacturers of medical devices for device-related adverse events and certain malfunctions. These requirements are contained in our Medical Device Reporting (MDR) regulation at Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 803, as authorized by section 519 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). References to FDA regulations and Federal Register documents, as well as cross-references within this guidance document, are hyperlinked for your convenience.

FDA’s guidance documents, including this guidance, do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities. Instead, guidances describe the Agency’s current thinking on a topic and should be viewed only as recommendations, unless specific regulatory or statutory requirements are cited. The use of the word should in guidance documents means that something is suggested or recommended, but not required.

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You can submit online or written comments on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5))

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All written comments should be identified with this document's docket number: FDA-2013-D-0743.

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