The FDA’s device center has long been at the task of reclassifying legacy devices that promise a moderate degree of risk, but successful de novo device applications also call for a class II listing. The agency recently posted five such risk classifications, including for a device developed by Edwards Lifesciences Corp., of Irvine, Calif.
The FDA’s device center reported the addition of four device types to the ranks of class II devices, including one each for de novo petitions by Apple Inc., of Cupertino, Calif., and Roche Molecular Systems Inc., of Pleasanton, Calif.
Glaciers are known to move slowly, but so is government, and the FDA needed seven years to make effective an order that cerebrospinal fluid shunts be deemed class II devices. The classification was applicable as of Aug. 22, 2014, in connection with a de novo petition filed by no less than industry colossus Medtronic plc, of Dublin, in a process that began in 2012, possibly earlier.