Use of International Standard ISO 10993-1, "Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices - Part 1: Evaluation and Testing Within a Risk Management Process"

On 4 September 2020 the FDA announced the availability of the final guidance for industry and FDA staff.

FDA has developed this guidance document to assist industry in preparing Premarket Applications (PMAs), Humanitarian Device Exceptions (HDEs), Investigational Device Applications (IDEs), Premarket Notifications (510(k)s), and De Novo requests for medical devices that come into direct contact or indirect contact with the human body in order to determine the potential for an unacceptable adverse biological response resulting from contact of the component materials of the device with the body. The purpose of this guidance is to provide further clarification and updated information on the use of International Standard ISO 10993-1, "Biological evaluation of medical devices - Part 1: Evaluation and testing within a risk management process" to support applications to FDA. This guidance replaces Office of Device Evaluation (ODE) Blue Book Memorandum #G95-1 (1995), entitled "Use of International Standard ISO-10993, ‘Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices - Part 1: Evaluation and Testing.’" This guidance document also incorporates several new considerations, including the use of risk-based approaches to determine if biocompatibility testing is needed, chemical assessment recommendations, and recommendations for biocompatibility test article preparation for devices with submicron or nanotechnology components and for devices made from in situ polymerizing and/or absorbable materials, which were not previously discussed in G95-1.

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