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FDA Lets MDDS Off the Regulatory Hook

Administration cites low risk to patient safety

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:44

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) won’t enforce compliance with regulatory controls that apply to medical device data systems (MDDS) and medical image communications devices, recognizing the “low risk” they pose to patient safety and the importance they play in advancing digital health.

As defined by the FDA, MDDS “are hardware or software products that transfer, store, convert formats, and display medical device data. An MDDS does not modify the data or modify the display of the data, and it does not by itself control the functions or parameters of any other medical device. MDDS are not intended to be used for active patient monitoring.”

The good news came in a guidance released June 20, “Medical Device Data Systems, Medical Image Storage Devices, and Medical Image Communications Devices.”

Specifically off the hook are MDDS subject to 21 CFR 880.6310, medical image storage devices subject to 21 CFR 892.2010, and medical image communications devices subject to 21 CFR 892.2020. Devices in these categories won’t be subject to FDA regulatory enforcement regarding registration and listing, premarket review, postmarket reporting and quality system regulations.

First published July 14, 2014, on the AssurX blog.

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James Michael Causey’s been a journalist since he started his own neighborhood newspaper in the 1970s. In addition to quizzing FDA officials for the past 10+ years, he’s also interviewed political satirist Art Buchwald, FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro, and is the past president of the Washington Independent Writers. Causey is the editor and publisher of eDataIntegrityReport.com and is a contributing writer on the AssurXblog.