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[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 21, Volume 8]
[Revised as of April 1, 2017]
[CITE: 21CFR898]

Sec. 898.11 Applicability.

Electrode lead wires and patient cables intended for use with a medical device shall be subject to the performance standard set forth in 898.12.

Sec. 898.12 Performance standard.

(a) Any connector in a cable or electrode lead wire having a conductive connection to a patient shall be constructed in such a manner as to comply with subclause 56.3(c) of the following standard:

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

601-1: Medical Electrical Equipment

601-1 (1988) Part 1: General requirements for safety

Amendment No. 1 (1991)

Amendment No. 2 (1995).

(b) Compliance with the standard shall be determined by inspection and by applying the test requirements and test methods of subclause 56.3(c) of the standard set forth in paragraph (a) of this section.

Sec. 898.13 Compliance dates.

The dates for compliance with the standard set forth in 898.12(a) shall be as follows:

(a) For electrode lead wires and patient cables used with, or intended for use with, the following devices, the date for which compliance is required is May 11, 1998:

Listing of Devices for Which Compliance is Required Effective

May 11, 1998

Phase Product code 21 CFR section Class Device name
173 BZQ868.2375IIMonitor, Breathing Frequency.
173 FLS868.2375IIMonitor (Apnea Detector), Ventilatory Effort.
174 DPS870.2340IIElectrocardiograph.
174 DRG870.2910IITransmitters and Receivers, Physiological Signal, Radio Frequency.
174 DRT870.2300IIMonitor, Cardiac (including Cardiotachometer and Rate Alarm).
174 DRX870.2360IIElectrode, Electrocardiograph.
174 DSA870.2900IICable, Transducer and Electrode, Patient (including Connector).
174 DSH870.2800IIRecorder, Magnetic Tape, Medical.
174 DSI870.1025IIIDetector and Alarm, Arrhythmia.
174 DXH870.2920IITransmitters and Receivers, Electrocardiograph, Telephone.

(b) For electrode lead wires and patient cables used with, or intended for use with, any other device, the date for which compliance is required is May 9, 2000.

Sec. 898.14 Exemptions and variances.

(a) 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. The petition shall also contain the following:

(1) The name of the device, the class in which the device has been classified, and representative labeling showing the intended uses(s) of the device;

(2) The reasons why compliance with the performance standard is unnecessary or unfeasible;

(3) A complete description of alternative steps that are available, or that the petitioner has already taken, to ensure that a patient will not be inadvertently connected to hazardous voltages via an unprotected patient cable or electrode lead wire for intended use with the device; and

(4) Other information justifying the exemption or variance.

(b) An exemption or variance is not effective until the agency approves the request under 10.30(e)(2)(i) of this chapter.

Effective Date Note:

At 62 FR 25477, May 9, 1997, 898.14 was stayed pending Office of Management and Budget approval of information collection and recordkeeping requirements.

Authority: 21 U.S.C. 351, 352, 360c, 360d, 360gg-360ss, 371, 374; 42 U.S.C. 262, 264.
Source: 62 FR 25497, May 9, 1997, unless otherwise noted.