The 510(k) Inventory Tool: A Regulatory Tool For Use In Medical Device Development


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Graduate School


Master of Science in Biomedical Science

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Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States


Designing and developing medical devices is a complex undertaking with significant opportunities, dependencies, and risks for the stakeholders. This capstone project explores the concept of developing a tool for the regulatory professional with a goal of improving both the quality of regulatory engagement in medical device development and product development efficiency, specifically in cases where the 510(k) FDA regulatory approval process is being used. This is accomplished by creating a checklist tool, the 510(k) Inventory Tool, utilizing published data about known 510(k) submission deficiencies and post-market device reports, then integrating these checklists into appropriate points in the medical device development process, leveraging traditional phase gate project methodologies. By exercising the 510(k) Inventory Tool within the medical device development process, the regulatory affairs professional would have a checklist tool to facilitate project team engagement, to generate stage-appropriate regulatory discussion, and to develop measured strategies for project risk mitigation during the development lifecycle.