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COVID-19 Associated Medical Units: FDA Finalizes Transition Plan Steerage



On March 27, 2023, the U.S. Meals & Drug Administration (FDA) launched two ultimate steering paperwork to help with transitioning medical gadgets: (i) that had been topic to sure enforcement insurance policies issued in the course of the COVID-19 Public Well being Emergency (PHE), and (ii) that had been issued emergency use authorizations (EUAs). These steering paperwork finalize the corresponding draft steering paperwork that had been issued on December 23, 2021. In a earlier put up, we mentioned a number of key takeaways from the draft variations of those transition steering paperwork.

“Transition Plan for Medical Units That Fall Inside Enforcement Insurance policies Issued Throughout the Coronavirus Illness 2019 (COVID-19) Public Well being Emergency” Remaining Steerage

Within the “Transition Plan for Medical Units That Fall Inside Enforcement Insurance policies Issued Throughout the Coronavirus Illness 2019 (COVID-19) Public Well being Emergency” ultimate steering, the FDA discusses the transition plan for medical gadgets that had been topic to sure enforcement insurance policies issued in the course of the PHE. FDA confirms that the insurance policies listed within the steering, that are set forth in Record 1 thereto, will stay in impact till 180 days after the top of the PHE. The PHE declaration is scheduled to run out on Could 11, 2023. Due to this fact, the enforcement insurance policies recognized in Record 1 will now not be in impact after November 7, 2023.

Within the steering, the FDA supplies suggestions for a “phased transition course of” with respect to gadgets that fall inside the expiring COVID-19 PHE enforcement insurance policies. The FDA summarizes the three phases of the 180-day transition plan as follows:

  • Section 1 (Could 11, 2023): Producers ought to observe hostile occasion reporting necessities as described in 21 C.F.R. § 803.
  • Section 2 (August 9, 2023): If planning to proceed to distribute their gadgets after Section 2, producers want to stick to registration and itemizing necessities (21 C.F.R. § 807 Subparts B-D) and may adhere to necessities related to studies of corrections and removals (21 C.F.R § 806).
  • Section 3 (November 7, 2023): In Section 3 the enforcement insurance policies recognized in Record 1 will now not be in impact. FDA states it doesn’t intend to object to continued distribution of gadgets the place a required advertising submission has been submitted and accepted by FDA earlier than the beginning of Section 3, and FDA has not taken a ultimate motion on the advertising submission. FDA additional signifies that it doesn’t intend to object to the gadgets not complying with sure distinctive machine identification (UDI) techniques necessities and different relevant labeling necessities described in 21 C.F.R. § 801.

FDA recommends producers submit a “Transition Implementation Plan” with their advertising submissions (if wanted) that addresses the producer’s plans for addressing gadgets already distributed, which plans want to incorporate actions to be taken within the occasion both a optimistic or detrimental determination by the FDA on the advertising submission. Moreover, FDA strongly encourages producers to finish and submit these submissions properly upfront of the beginning of Section 3. That is beneficial to keep away from potential delays created by a big inflow of recent submissions.

“Transition Plan for Medical Units Issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) Associated to Coronavirus Illness 2019 (COVID-19)” Remaining Steerage

Within the “Transition Plan for Medical Units Issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) Associated to Coronavirus Illness 2019 (COVID-19)” ultimate steering (“EUA Steerage”), the FDA confirms that the top of the PHE is not going to routinely terminate EUAs. As an alternative, these EUAs will stay in impact till the related EUA declaration is terminated, or the FDA in any other case revokes a particular EUA. 

The EUA Steerage contains suggestions for sure reusable life-supporting or life-sustaining gadgets, gadgets distributed after the EUA termination date, laboratory developed exams, and EUA-authorized in vitro diagnostics topic to Scientific Laboratory Enchancment Amendments of 1988 categorization and waivers. With respect to sure reusable life-supporting or life-sustaining gadgets, FDA requests producers of such gadgets to submit info relating to whether or not or not they intend to submit advertising submissions to proceed distributing the machine(s) after the relevant EUA termination date.

Moreover, FDA states within the EUA Steerage that it’s going to not object to the continued distribution of gadgets after the machine’s relevant EUA termination date if (1) the producer has submitted a advertising submission that’s accepted by FDA previous to the EUA termination date, and (2) FDA has not taken ultimate motion on the advertising submission. Due to this fact, it’s endorsed that producers of those gadgets submit advertising submissions properly upfront of the EUA termination date.

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