Orthopedic Non-Spinal Metallic Bone Screws and Washers – Performance Criteria for Safety and Performance Based Pathway

On 11 December 2020 the FDA Issued the Final Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff.

This guidance provides performance criteria for non-spinal metallic bone screws and their associated washers in support of the Safety and Performance Based Pathway. Under this framework, submitters planning to submit a 510(k) using the Safety and Performance Based Pathway for non-spinal metallic bone screws and washers, will have the option to use the performance criteria proposed in this guidance to support substantial equivalence, rather than a direct comparison of the performance of the subject device to that of a predicate device.

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