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International Medical Device Regulators Forum

Description: This project proposes the development of a new, more efficient, effective, and focused collaborative effort to share information, experiences and develop strategies that improve medical device safety amongst regulatory systems tasked with responsibilities unique to global medical device regulators. This plan seeks to establish mechanisms to facilitate regulator-to-regulator organization and governance structure to facilitate exchange of information, sharing of best practices, provide opportunities to identify commonalities and develop approaches to regulatory barriers that, in the past, prohibited the implementation of global strategies.

Accomplishment: Final guidance on the Medical Device ISO 13485:2003 Voluntary Audit Report Submission Pilot program was issued on March 19, 2012. CDRH began the pilot program on June 5, 2012.

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

A. Draft a plan for establishing a device regulators forum.


Completed 9/30/2010

B. Propose and discuss the draft plan with heads of agencies from GHTF founding countries.


Completed 10/31/2010

C. Propose and discuss the draft plan with regulators on the GHTF's Steering Committee.


Completed 11/30/2010

D. Begin to organize the international heads of device programs meeting, to be held in the U.S.


Completed 12/31/2010

E. Finalize agenda, logistics, and begin to prepare materials for meeting.


Completed 1/31/2011

F. Conduct initial meeting with international heads of device programs meeting.


Completed 2/17/2011

G. Based on results of meeting with Int'l device leaders, revise draft plan and develop plan for next steps.


Completed 6/30/2011

H. Conduct inaugural planning meeting of the new regulator-led forum.


Completed 10/5/2011

I. Hold the first meeting of the International Medical Device Regulators Forum.


Completed 2/28/2012

J. Participate in at least two harmonization activities with one or more foreign regulatory authorities.


Completed 7/31/2012

K. Issue the final Medical Device International Standards Organization (ISO) 13485 guidance.


Completed 3/19/2012

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CompletedMilestone and/or overall project is completed.
On TrackMilestone - On track for completion by milestone deadline. Quarter status - Project is on track for completion based on overall milestone status.
On HoldMilestone - On hold, but deadline for completion has not passed. Quarter status - Project is on hold, based on overall milestone status.
DelayedMilestone - Delayed as it has not been completed and deadline has passed. Quarter status - Project is delayed based on overall milestone status.


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