The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public workshop titled, "Voluntary Medical Device Manufacturing and Product Quality Program" to be held October 10, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the FDA White Oak Campus, and it will also be webcast. To attend in person, registration is required by September 28, 2017. Registration is not required to view the webcast.
The purpose of the workshop is to announce the proposed framework and preliminary outline of a voluntary pilot program that recognizes an independent assessment of manufacturing and product quality. The workshop is intended to discuss the framework of the voluntary pilot program, information on the independent assessment, details of participation, rules of engagement, monitoring and performance expectations, as well as potential modifications to FDA’s oversight actions in response to demonstrated manufacturing quality performance. FDA is soliciting public feedback to aid in the development of science-based approaches to regulatory decision making for assessing manufacturing quality, extent of manufacturing related submissions, and how to better allocate resources to lower the regulatory burden on manufacturers and FDA.