(a) A manufacturer, importer, or distributor may seek an exemption or variance from one or more requirements of this part.
(b) A request for an exemption or variance shall be submitted in the form of a petition under 10.30 of this chapter and shall comply with the requirements set out therein, except that a response shall be issued in 90 days. The Director or Deputy Directors, CDRH, or the Director, Office of Compliance, CDRH, shall issue responses to requests under this section. The petition shall also contain the following:
(1) The name of the device and device class and representative labeling showing the intended use(s) of the device;
(2) The reasons that compliance with the tracking requirements of this part is unnecessary;
(3) A complete description of alternative steps that are available, or that the petitioner has already taken, to ensure that an effective tracking system is in place; and
(4) Other information justifying the exemption or variance.
(c) An exemption or variance is not effective until the Director, Office of Compliance, CDRH, approves the request under 10.30(e)(2)(i) of this chapter.