Regulatory Compliance

Which FDA Classification is your product?

DeviceLab is a design firm, not a regulatory consulting firm. We don’t take projects where regulatory consulting is the only service. We are committed to compliance in our operations and deliverables, and maintain an in-depth knowledge of standards and regulations. So if DeviceLab designs your device, we’ll make sure you achieve regulatory compliance, and can demonstrate it. We work with outside regulatory partners to handle things like clinical trials and submissions.

Some of our competitors in the design space don’t fully support compliance, which can cause problems bringing products to market such as test failures, inability to complete V&V, rejected regulatory submissions, and back-and-forth delays.

  • CLASS 1

    examples: stethoscopes, bandages, wheelchairs

    Low risk devices that are simple in design

    Self-register product with the FDA

    Most are exempt from pre-market requirements

    QMS normally comply with 21 CRF Part 820 General Controls, though some devices are exempt

  • CLASS 2

    examples: ultrasonic diagnostic equipment, x-rays, needles

    Medium risk devices that are more complex in design

    510(k) pre-market approval process is required for most

    QMS must comply with 21 CFR Part 820: Special Controls (Design Controls)

  • CLASS 3

    examples: balloon catheters, pacemakers, heart valves

    High risk devices

    FDA shall inspect facility

    QMS must comply with 21 CFR Part 820

    Clinical trials likely

    Malfunction is absolutely unacceptable

Start-To-Finish Compliance Experts

We can help you establish appropriate user needs and smart design inputs that incorporate all regulatory requirements and facilitate V&V. As we develop your device, we produce comprehensive design output documentation.

This preparation speeds verification and validation because criteria and evidence are clear and risks have been identified and mitigated. Building on this strong base, DeviceLab’s help with transfer to manufacturing and regulatory approval activities assures that you can market your product on schedule.

Registered Quality Management System

DeviceLab has a registered quality system compliant to ISO 13485 and 21 CFR 820. We’ve held QMS registrations since 2005, with a record of clean audits. Our Risk Management procedures are compliant with ISO 14971, and our Software Lifecycle Processes are compliant with IEC 62304. Our QMS registrar is BSI, one of the leaders in medical quality systems assessment. Beware of providers who claim to provide regulatory support, but don’t have a registered QMS in their company.

See our QMS certificate here

Applying All Required Standards

DeviceLab also complies with the standards applicable to the products we develop to ensure your product is fully compliant. Here’s a partial list (others may apply in specific instances):

  • IEC 60601 and 80601, Medical Electrical Equipment
  • IEC 62366, Usability Engineering
  • ISO 10993, Biocompatibility
  • RoHS, Reduction of Hazardous Substances
  • FCC (47 CFR Part 15 & 18), Radio Frequency Devices
  • Radio Equipment Directive (RED)
  • MDD/MDR
  • CSA/UL

    Compliance Starts With People

    DeviceLab employees are fully trained in compliance to QMS standards and product-specific standards in their areas of expertise. Our experience in developing medical devices over a range of technologies and applications has taught us how to execute compliance activities (e.g. risk assessment, safety testing, sterilization validation) quickly and efficiently.

    Our Track Record In Compliance

    DeviceLab has over 20 years’ experience developing medical devices ranging from Class I through III, from concept to market entry, passing all regulatory hurdles. Here are a few of those projects – see our portfolio section for more.

    Company510(k) NumberClassificationMedical specialty
    Transviso Inc.K080650DialyzerGastroenterology/Urology
    WNT Inc.K091538Pressure Release Valve _ AudibleAnesthesiology
    WNT Inc.K111191Pressure Release Valve _ HumidifierAnesthesiology
    LenSX Inc.K161288Ophthalmic Femtosecond LaserOphthalmic
    Alcon LaboratoryK021566Phacofragmentation SystemsOphthalmic
    LED Intellectual Properties LLCK153399Lamp, Infrared, Therapeutic HeatingPhysical Medicine
    LED Intellectual Properties LLCK151336Light Based Over The Counter Wrinkle ReductionGeneral & Plastic Surgery
    LED Intellectual Properties LLCK151333Lamp, Infrared, Therapeutic HeatingPhysical Medicine
    EigenK162474System, Image Processing, RadiologicalRadiology
    Intralase Corp.K041893Powered Laser Surgical InstrumentGeneral & Plastic Surgery
    Intralase Corp.K073404Powered Laser Surgical InstrumentGeneral & Plastic Surgery
    Intralase Corp.K063682Powered Laser Surgical InstrumentGeneral & Plastic Surgery

    Controlling the costs of Compliance

    There are many paths to compliance in the design of a device, but the costs can differ widely based on the particulars of the design (e.g. doing things in software or hardware) and how successfully one can argue for the appropriate level of regulatory rigor (especially in software).

    A DeviceLab design can ensure you don’t pay too much, or get bogged down in needlessly tedious paperwork.

    We Are Up-To-Date With Guidance

    DeviceLab pays attention to the evolving regulatory landscape and technical developments in medical devices, to ensure that we’re ready for the latest product ideas. Some of the areas we follow closely are:

    • Wearables
    • Implants
    • Digital Health
    • Cyber Security
    • Human Factors
    • Product Lifecycle Management
    • UDI
    • 21 CFR 820, 21 CFR Part 11 (820 is quality systems, and part 11 is electronic records and signatures)