Nucleic acid-based hepatitis C virus (HCV) ribonucleic acid (RNA) assay devices; Medical equipment (ICS 11.040), Laboratory medicine (ICS 11.100)
Microbiology Devices; Reclassification of Nucleic Acid-Based Hepatitis C Virus Ribonucleic Acid Assay Devices, To Be Renamed Nucleic Acid-Based Hepatitis C Virus Ribonucleic Acid Tests (8 page(s), in English)
Proposed amendment; proposed order; request for comments - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is proposing to reclassify nucleic acid-based hepatitis C virus (HCV) ribonucleic acid (RNA) devices intended for the qualitative or quantitative detection or genotyping of HCV RNA, postamendments class III devices (product codes MZP and OBF), into class II (general controls and special controls), subject to premarket notification. FDA is also proposing a new device classification regulation with the name "nucleic acid-based Hepatitis C virus (HCV) ribonucleic acid tests" along with the special controls that the Agency believes are necessary to provide a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness for these devices. FDA is proposing this reclassification on its own initiative. If finalized, this order will reclassify these types of devices from class III (general controls and premarket approval) to class II (general controls and special controls) and reduce the regulatory burdens associated with these devices, as these types of devices will no longer be required to submit a premarket approval application (PMA), but can instead submit a premarket notification (510(k)) and obtain clearance before marketing their device.