Beyond 510(k)/PMA: Safer Technologies Program—Mike on Medtech

Beyond 510(k)/PMA: Safer Technologies Program—Mike on Medtech

Sean Fenske and Mike Drues discuss another new program from the FDA—the Safer Technologies Program (STeP)—and the details of it.

By Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief10.17.19
In this Medtech Matters podcast episode of Mike on Medtech with Mike Drues, president of Vascular Sciences, we discuss the brand new (in fact, yet-to-be-launched) Safer Technologies Program (click to review the guidance). Since it was only recently introduced, there are still a number of questions device manufacturers have about the program. With this in mind, we thought it would be a great topic to cover as part of this “Beyond 510(k)/PMA” series. Specifically, we address a number of questions, including:

  • What is the safer technologies program?
  • How does this program differ from the Breakthrough Designation Program?
  • So like BDP, STeP is not a regulatory pathway on its own, correct?
  • What are the criteria for eligibility into STeP?
  • What are the mechanics of STeP?
  • Is STeP an already active program?
  • Are the BDP and now STeP part of an effort by the FDA to encourage true innovative technologies and perhaps disrupt the history of incremental innovation within the industry?
  • I know the FDA is hosting a pair of webinars to help explain the program. Can you tell us why there are two of them and only a day apart?

Further, there is the mention of two webinars being conducted by the FDA that are relevant to this new regulatory option. You can find them via the following links. (Click the name of the webcast for information about how to view it.) Listen to this episode and see what you think of the Safer Technologies Program. If you’d like to share thoughts and comments with us or have questions on the topic, please reach out to me with them at sfenske@rodmanmedia.com so I can consider discussing them with Mike in an upcoming episode.

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