Published on September 2, 2014
Mobile Medical Applications: Mobile Medical Applications Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff : Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff Introduction The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes the extensive variety of actual and potential functions of mobile apps, the rapid pace of innovation in mobile apps, and the potential benefits and risks to public health represented by these apps. The FDAs issuing this guidance document to inform manufacturers, distributors, and other entities about how the FDA intends to apply its regulatory authorities to select software applications intended for use on mobile platforms (mobile applications or “mobile apps”). Given the rapid expansion and broad applicability of mobile apps, the FDA is issuing this guidance document to clarify the subset of mobile apps to which the FDA intends to apply its authority. PowerPoint Presentation: Many mobile apps are not medical devices (meaning such mobile apps do not meet the definition of a device under section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act)), and FDA does not regulate them. Some mobile apps may meet the definition of a medical device but because they pose a lower risk to the public, FDA intends to exercise enforcement discretion over these devices (meaning it will not enforce requirements under the FD&C Act). The majority of mobile apps on the market at this time fit into these two categories PowerPoint Presentation: Consistent with the FDA’s existing oversight approach that considers functionality rather than platform , the FDA intends to apply its regulatory oversight to only those mobile apps that are medical devices and whose functionality could pose a risk to a patient’s safety if the mobile app were to not function as intended.This subset of mobile apps the FDA refers to as mobile medical apps. PowerPoint Presentation: FDA is issuing this guidance to provide clarity and predictability for manufacturers of mobile medical apps. Should FDA determine at a later date that the policy in this guidance should be changed in light of new information, the agency would follow a public process, including the opportunity for public input, consistent with FDA’s good guidance practices (GGP) regulation in 21 CFR 10.115 PowerPoint Presentation: FDA's guidance documents, including this guidance, do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities . Instead, guidances describe the Agency's current thinking on a topic and should be viewed only as recommendations , unless specific regulatory or statutory requirements arecited . The use of the word should in Agency guidances means that something is suggested or recommended , but not required.