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Shelf Life of Medical Devices April 1991

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Guidance Issuing Office
Center for Devices and Radiological Health

The purpose of this document is to:

  • inform readers of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and policies relating to shelf life of medical devices.
  • discuss the various parameters that determine the length of time a particular device will remain within acceptable specifications;
  • outline the different activities that can be undertaken to establish the shelf life of a device.

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

If unable to submit comments online, please mail written comments to:

Dockets Management
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

All written comments should be identified with this document's docket number: FDA-2020-D-0957.

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