FDA to Propose Quality Metrics for Devicemakers by Oct. 1
The FDA plans to unveil by Oct. 1 its own quality metrics for devicemakers based on three metrics from a pilot program conducted by Xavier Health and the Medical Device Innovation Consortium.
The three metrics developed under the MDIC/Xavier Health pilot are:
- The total number of product changes related to product or process failures during pre-production activities compared to the total number of projects;
- The number of units manufactured without nonconformances (i.e., right first-time rate) during production; and
- Post-market indicators such as complaints, service records, installation failures, medical device reports and recalls.
Pre-production metrics were identified as the most difficult to track because very few companies track the number of changes due to inadequate product and process development. — Tamra Sami