The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) issued a new document on June 8 responding to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) call for position papers to fulfill the President’s Executive Order on improving the federal government’s cybersecurity. It details how CDRH is planning to do its part to advance the shared goal within medical devices.
With the next user fee agreement negotiations underway, device makers are not keen on a substantial hike in fee volumes. Nonetheless, Jeff Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, has proposed a total product life cycle (TPLC) advisory function for the next user fee agreement, something he said would bring more predictability to industry and allow the agency to interact much more routinely with device makers.
The COVID-19 pandemic’s direct and indirect toll on the human condition is beyond calculation, but the effect on FDA regulatory activity is easier to assess. The problem for device makers is that a number of draft and final guidances are stuck in a pandemic-driven regulatory limbo, which seemingly guarantees that some compliance and product development efforts will run afoul of the agency’s expectations and potentially delay a product’s market access.