The guidance does not cover meetings with MDAC’s Dispute Resolution Panel (DRP) or other non-MDAC advisory panels related to medical devices, including the Device Good Manufacturing Practice.
On Wednesday, the FDA issued a new draft guidance document with the goal of assisting medical device companies in navigating their way through the advisory committee review process. The guidance includes information such as potential medical device advisory committee review topics, a review timeline, a discussion around the briefing materials for each meeting (i.e. the “panel pack”), panel voting and presentations for both the sponsor and the Agency.
The guidance does not cover meetings with MDAC’s Dispute Resolution Panel (DRP) or other non-MDAC advisory panels related to medical devices, including the Device Good Manufacturing Practice Advisory Committee, the National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee or the Technical Electronic Product Radiation Safety Standards Committee.The new draft guidance document, Procedures for Meetings of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee, pertains to the to 17 of the 18 Medical Devices Advisory Committee (MDAC) panels overseen by FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), the FDA center in charge of regulating medical devices.
Advisory committee reviews are open meetings called by the FDA to discuss or review a particular drug product or medical device. Most often, the circumstances around an advisory committee meeting may involve the need to gather advice on a premarket submission, which may include topics such as novel technology expected to have a significant impact on clinical practice, study results that provide significant uncertainty as to whether the probable benefits of the device outweigh its probable risks and data quality or data integrity issues identified (e.g., substantial amounts of missing data, large number of protocol deviations, data integrity concerns).
Advisory committees are comprised of individuals external to the Agency (i.e. non-FDA) who are experts in a specific field or topic.These panels consist of both voting and non-voting members. Advice dispensed by these panels is non-binding (i.e. the Agency is not obligated to follow the advice of its panels), though their recommendations are often followed by FDA regulators.
Comments on the guidance will be accepted by FDA for the next 60 days.
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