Several senior managers at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) have been pushing the convergence between U.S. FDA and international quality systems standards, often with the claim that the two standards already are nearly completely aligned. However, Jack Garvey, CEO of Compliance Architects LLC, ran through a side-by-side comparison of ISO 13485 and Part 820 and maintained that the two standards are too conceptually and textually different to plausibly assert that they are 95% harmonized.
There are some U.S. FDA work items that have been hampered primarily by the COVID-19 pandemic, and some that have just proven difficult to push across the finish line. The FDA’s October 2018 draft guidance for premarket considerations for cybersecurity in medical devices might fall into that latter category, but the FDA’s Suzanne Schwartz said the agency will reissue another draft version of that guidance, which will be available sometime in early 2021.
U.S. FDA commissioners must rely on legal counsel for advice on a number of matters, but attorneys who sign on for work at the agency bring with them different views on the limitations of the agency’s powers. This consideration came up during a panel discussion hosted by the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI).
WASHINGTON – The U.S. FDA's 2018 final guidance for payer communications widely was seen as long overdue upon delivery. For his part, Paul Savidge, U.S. general counsel at Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics Inc., said his company's development of the required information for such communication was "a massive undertaking" that proved useful a second time when it came to promoting its product after FDA approval.