WHAT DO CONTACT LENSES, DENTAL FLOSS, AND PACEMAKERS HAVE IN COMMON?

Who knew dental floss was a medical device regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? What about contact lenses, sunglasses, tongue depressors, dental floss, or bedpans? How about pacemakers? You guessed it, they all are!

One might naturally think of a product like a defibrillator as a medical device, but in our business, we find many companies unsure if its products are, in fact, medical devices.

The following is the first of a two part series which you may use as a helpful guide to get you through the medical device maze. First is a description of what medical devices are, and helpful hints so that you may identify if your product is regulated as a medical device. Second is a brief overview of FDA’s regulation of medical devices. The second part of the series will discuss the classes of medical devices, and the FDA registration process.

What is a Medical Device? […]