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How to Classify Your Medical Device for the FDA

March 9, 2017

When you have a medical device to register with the FDA, the first step is to classify the device. The device's classification will help identify the it within the FDA and determine the device's level of risk. By understanding how to classify your medical device, you can ensure your device is properly registered and ready to market.

Class I

Many Class I medical devices aren't what a lot of people would consider medical devices. A motor-less toothbrush or a callus remover could be considered a Class I device. These devices are subject to the least strict FDA controls. General controls require a mandatory recall if the device is found to be defective, among other controls.

Class II

Examples of class II medical devices might be a motorized wheelchair or an over the counter blood pressure monitor. Class II devices are subject to special controls, as well as all general controls. Special controls would require certain guidelines and performance standards, as well as special labeling requirements on how to use the product safely and effectively.

Class III

A Class III medical device is the highest class device and applies to devices like medical implants. Class III medical devices are subject to general controls and must have premarket approval by the FDA before market placement and use by hospitals or doctors. This class is the most involved and requires a great deal of work back and forth with the FDA.

When to Contact an FDA Medical Device Lawyer

Any time you are manufacturing a medical device, it's important to consult with a lawyer regarding classification and registration. Therefore, to ensure your device is approved for market, make sure you have everything in order for the FDA.

Many companies and entrepreneurs are intimidated by the requirements of the FDA, whether they face general controls, general controls and special controls, or general controls and premarket approval. At the Capote Law Firm, we can help you navigate the challenges set forth by the FDA. Ultimately, this can help you get your medical device on the market, so you can grow your business.

Call today for a consultation to discuss your legal options.