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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Medical Device Exemptions 510(k) and GMP Requirements

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Following is a breakdown of 510(k) exempt and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)/Quality System exemptions listed by device class. All devices in this list are 510(k) exempt unless further qualified by a footnote. Only devices annotated by (*) are also exempt from GMP except for general recordkeeping requirements and compliant files.

Class I Devices

FDA has exempted almost all class I devices (with the exception of Reserved Devices from the premarket notification requirement, including those devices that were exempted by final regulation published in the Federal Registers of December 7, 1994, and January 16, 1996. Some 510(k) exemptions annotated with "\#\" are with certain limitations as noted in the footnotes. It is important to confirm the exempt status and any limitations that apply with 21 CFR Parts 862-892. Limitations of device exemptions are covered under 21 CFR xxx.9, where xxx refers to Parts 862-892.

If a manufacturer's device falls into a generic category of exempted class I devices as defined in 21 CFR Parts 862-892, a premarket notification application and FDA clearance is not required before marketing the device in the U.S. However, these manufacturers are required to register their establishment and list the generic category or classification name. Registration and listing information is submitted by using FDA’s Unified Registration and Listing System (FURLS)/ Device Registration and Listing Module (DRLM) at: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/HowtoMarketYourDevice/RegistrationandListing/ucm053185.htm

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only the class I devices with an asterisk (*) are also exempted from the GMP regulation, except for general requirements concerning records (820.180) and complaint files (820.198), as long as the device is not labeled or otherwise represented as sterile.

Class II Devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also published a list of class II (special controls) devices (those devices are annotated as "(II)"), subject to certain limitations, that are now exempt from the premarket notification requirements under the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 (the Modernization Act). FDA believes that these exemptions will relieve manufacturers from the need to submit premarket notification submissions for these devices and will enable FDA to redirect the resources that would be spent on reviewing such submissions to more significant public health issues. FDA is taking this action in order to meet a requirement of the Modernization Act. Class II devices are annotated "(II)". Please note that class II devices are NOT exempt from GMP requirements.

866.2050 staphylococcal typing bacteriophage.  
866.2120 anaerobic chamber.  *
866.2160 coagulase plasma.  
866.2170 automated colony counter.  
866.2180 manual colony counter.  *
866.2300 multipurpose culture medium.  
866.2320 differential culture medium.  
866.2330 enriched culture medium.  
866.2350 microbiological assay culture medium.  
866.2360 selective culture medium.  
866.2440 automated medium dispensing and stacking device.  *
866.2450 supplement for culture media.  
866.2480 quality control kit for culture media.  
866.2500 microtiter diluting and dispensing device.  
866.2540 microbiological incubator.  *
866.2560 microbial growth monitor.  
866.2580 gas-generating device.  
866.2600 wood's fluorescent lamp.  *
866.2660 microorganism differentiation and identification device.  
866.3010 acinetobacter calcoaceticusserological reagents.  
866.3020 adenovirus serological reagents.  
866.3035 arizonaspp. serological reagents.  
866.3040 aspergillusspp. serological reagents.  
866.3060 blastomyces dermatitidisserological reagents. (II)  
866.3065 bordetellaspp. serological reagents.  
866.3085 brucellaspp. serological reagents. (II)  
866.3125 citrobacterspp. serological reagents.  
866.3135 coccidioides immitisserological reagents. (II)  
866.3140 corynebacteriumspp. serological reagents.  
866.3145 coxsackievirus serological reagents.  
866.3165 cryptococcus neoformansserological reagents. (II)  
866.3200 echinococcusspp. serological reagents.  
866.3205 echovirus serological reagents.  
866.3220 entamoeba histolyticaserological reagents. (II)  
866.3240 equine encephalomyelitis virus serological reagents.  
866.3250 erysipelothrix rhusiopathiaeserological reagents.  
866.3255 escherichia coliserological reagents.  
866.3270 flavobacteriumspp. serological reagents.  
866.3280 francisella tularensisserological reagents. (II)  
866.3300 haemophilusspp. serological reagents. (II)  
866.3320 histoplasma capsulatumserological reagents. (II)  
866.3330 influenza virus serological reagents.  
866.3340 klebsiellaspp. serological reagents.  
866.3350 leptospiraspp. serological reagents. (II)  
866.3355 listeriaspp. serological reagents.  
866.3360 lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus serological reagents.  
866.3375 mycoplasmaspp. serological reagents.  
866.3380 mumps virus serological reagents.  
866.3400 parainfluenza virus serological reagents.  
866.3405 poliovirus serological reagents.  
866.3410 proteusspp. (weil-felix) serological reagents.  
866.3415 pseudomonasspp. serological reagents. (II)  
866.3470 reovirus serological reagents.  
866.3480 respiratory syncytial virus serological reagents.  
866.3490 rhinovirus serological reagents.  
866.3500 rickettsia serological reagents.  
866.3520 rubeola (measles) virus serological reagents.  
866.3550 salmonellaspp. serological reagents. (II)  
866.3600 schistosomaspp. serological reagents.  
866.3630 serratiaspp. serological reagents.  
866.3660 shigellaspp. serological reagents. (II)  
866.3680 sporothrix schenckiiserological reagents.  
866.3700 staphylococcus aureusserological reagents.  
866.3720 streptococcusspp. exoenzyme reagents.  
866.3740 streptococcusspp. serological reagents.  
866.3850 trichinella spiralisserological reagents.  
866.3930 vibrio choleraeserological reagents. (II)  
866.4100 complement reagent.  
866.4500 immunoelectrophoresis equipment.  
866.4520 immunofluorometer equipment.  
866.4540 immunonephelometer equipment.  
866.4600 ouchterlony agar plate.  
866.4800 radial immunodiffusion plate.  
866.4830 rocket immunoelectrophoresis equipment.  
866.4900 support gel.  
866.5040 albumin immunological test system. (II)  
866.5060 prealbumin immunological test system.  
866.5065 human allotypic marker immunological test system.  
866.5160 beta-globulin immunological test system.  
866.5170 breast milk immunological test system.  
866.5200 carbonic anhydrase b and c immunological test system.  
866.5220 cohn fraction ii immunological test system.  
866.5230 colostrum immunological test system.  
866.5320 properdin factor b immunological test system. (II)  
866.5330 factor xiii, a, s, immunological test system. 3  
866.5360 cohn fraction iv immunological test system.  
866.5370 cohn fraction v immunological test system.  
866.5380 free secretory component immunological test system. (II)  
866.5400 alpha-globulin immunological test system.  
866.5420 alpha-1-glycoproteins immunological test system.  
866.5425 alpha-2-glycoproteins immunological test system.  
866.5430 beta-2-glycoprotein i immunological test system.  
866.5440 beta-2-glycoprotein iii immunological test system.  
866.5460 haptoglobin immunological test system. (II)  
866.5490 hemopexin immunological test system. (II)  
866.5520 immunoglobulin g (fab fragment specific) immunological test system.  
866.5530 immunoglobulin g (fc fragment specific) immunological test system.  
866.5540 immunoglobulin g (fd fragment specific) immunological test system.  
866.5560 lactic dehydrogenase immunological test system.  
866.5570 lactoferrin immunological test system.  
866.5590 lipoprotein x immunological test system.  
866.5700 whole human plasma or serum immunological test system.  
866.5715 plasminogen immunological test system.  
866.5735 prothrombin immunological test system. 4  
866.5765 retinol-binding protein immunological test system.  
866.5800 seminal fluid (sperm) immunological test system.  
866.5860 total spinal fluid immunological test system.  
866.5890 inter-alphatrypsin inhibitor immunological test system.  


3 This exemption should not be confused with Sec. 864.7290.
4 This exemption should not be confused with Secs. 864.5425 or 864.7750.