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Medical Devices: Regulatory Strategies and Marketing Pathways

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Medical devices are different from drugs and biologics in their regulation and paths to market. Effective clinical trials design and management for devices requires a solid understanding of these issues. This course defines medical devices and explains routes to market, regulatory pathways, successful investigational device exemption (IDE) and PMA submissions to the FDA. You'll also learn how to get devices effectively to market, manage and report adverse device events (MDRs) and other post-market FDA surveillance tools and get a glimpse into the future of device regulations.

Topics include:

  • The FDA’s role in the American medical device industry
  • Risk-based classification of devices
  • Regulatory pathways for medical devices
  • Uses of clinical data and clinical studies including the IDE program
  • 522s, medical device reports (MDRs), and recalls

Note(s): Students pursuing the Clinical Trials Certificate who are also interested in the Regulatory Affairs Certificate may take "Regulation of Medical Devices and Diagnostics" to fulfill the "Medical Devices: Regulatory Strategies and Marketing Pathways" requirement in the Clinical Trials Program. You can use the extra 1.5 units towards meeting the elective requirement for the Clinical Trials Design and Management Certificate program.


Professional Credit: CA BRN/LVN Credit - Provider #CEP13114.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the U.S. medical device industry and how FDA gained authority to regulate it.
  • Discuss FDA's jurisdiction in the design, testing, marketing and post-marketing of medical devices.
  • Explain the risk-based method for classification of devices and understand how to create strategies to gain access to the US market.
  • Define substantial equivalence, and how it is employed in evaluating medical devices.
  • Understand how medical devices gain access to the market.
  • Discuss when and how clinical data is needed to support a medical device marketing applications and basic clinical requirements.
  • Discuss the effects of OUS regulation of medical devices and its effect on the US device industry.
  • Use the FDA website and other internet-based tools to assist in the development of regulatory strategies.

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