Institutional Review Board for Health Sciences Research (IRB-HSR)

Special Issues


Device Decision Tree
Medical Device Definition
Medical Device Classes
Exemption for Devices
Significant (SR) and Non-Significant Risk Devices
Who Must Apply for an IDE?
Unanticipated Adverse Device Effect Reports
Emergency Use of a Device
Other Types of IDE's

Device Study Record Requirements
Investigators as Sponsors
IDE Applications
Required Approval Process to Use a New Device at UVa Health System

Device Summary Table


All clinical investigations of devices must have an approved IDE (Investigational Device Exemption) from the FDA or be exempt from the IDE regulations. An investigational device exemption (IDE) allows the investigational device to be used in a clinical study in order to collect safety and effectiveness data required to support a Premarket Approval (PMA) application or a Premarket Notification 510(k) submission to FDA.

First one must determine if something is a device according to the federal definitions. Per the statute: Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act Sec 201.h [21USC321]

DEVICE: The term "device" (except when used in paragraph (n) of this section and in sections 301(i), 403(f), 502(c), and 602(c)) means an instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, in vitro reagent, or other similar or related article, including any component, part, or accessory, which is:

Per FDA Information Sheet Guidance for IRB's, Clinical Investigators, and Sponsors: Frequently Asked Questions About

Medical Device Definition

A medical device is defined, in part, as any health care product that does not achieve its primary intended purposes by chemical action or by being metabolized. Medical devices include, among other things, surgical lasers, wheelchairs, sutures, pacemakers, vascular grafts, intraocular lenses, and orthopedic pins. Medical devices also include diagnostic aids such as reagents and test kits for in vitro diagnosis (IVD) of disease and other medical conditions such as pregnancy. A medical device is an instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, in vitro reagent, or other similar or related article, including any component, part, or accessory, which is -

Who Must Apply for an IDE?

The sponsor of the clinical trial is responsible for submitting the IDE application to FDA (812.40) and obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval before the study can begin. Foreign companies wanting to conduct a clinical study in the U.S. MUST have a U.S. sponsor (812.18). Under certain circumstances, the clinical investigator may wish to submit an IDE and would, therefore, also act as the sponsor of the study.

Federal law prohibits the distribution of medical devices until the FDA has reviewed clinical data and determined that a particular product is safe and effective for a specific use in human subjects. In order to test a new medical device in clinical trials, it is necessary to obtain an exemption from the FDA. Thus a device sponsor is required to apply for an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) before tests with human subjects may begin. The investigator is responsible for obtaining the IDE number and providing it to the IRB. Studies that involve FDA-regulated products that are submitted without an IDE number will be reviewed by the IRB with respect to determining the need for an IDE, based on federal requirements and the investigator's response to questions contained in the protocol.

If the IRB determines that the study does not require an IDE and approves the study, the study may begin. If the IRB determines that an IDE is needed, the investigator/sponsor must submit an IDE application to the FDA and provide documentation of the outcome of the FDA determination (IDE number) to the IRB before the IRB gives approval to enroll subjects in the study.

Medical Device Classes

In 1976, Medical Device Amendments to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act gave the FDA the responsibility for assuring the safety and effectiveness of devices intended for human use. In implementing these Amendments, the FDA has classified devices according to their level of risk.

Class 1 Medical Devices

Class 1 Medical Devices include those devices for which safety and effectiveness can be assured as long as there is compliance with provisions for notification of defects, repair, replacement or refund, records and reports. Device manufacturers are required to also avoid distribution of adulterated, misbranded, or banned devices.

Class 2 Medical Devices

Class 2 Medical Devices are those that require something more than proper labeling and quality assurance to ensure their safety and effectiveness.

Class 3 Medical Devices

Class 3 Medical Devices are those that are life-sustaining, life-supporting, implanted in the body, or of substantial importance in preventing impairment.

510(K) Devices

When a new device is substantially equivalent to one marketed prior to enactment of the Medical Devices Amendments (1976), it may be sold without additional proof of safety and effectiveness under Section 510(K) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. These devices are commonly referred to as "510(K) devices." A sponsor planning to market the device must notify the FDA 90 days in advance of placing the device on the market. If the FDA agrees that the device is substantially equivalent to one already on the market, the device may then be sold without further research. Research activities involving a 510(K) device do not require an FDA Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) prior to approval by the IRB.

If the FDA determines that a new device is not substantially equivalent to a pre-amendment device, the new device is automatically designated a Class 3 medical device and the sponsor is required to obtain pre-marketing approval from the FDA. Studies conducted to develop safety and effectiveness data for such devices must be conducted according to the FDA requirements or Investigational Devices.

Exemption for Devices

If something is determined to be a device, one must then determine if the device is exempt from FDA regulations. Devices that are exempted from 21 CFR 812 are described in §812.2(c) of the IDE regulation.  A summary of the FDA regulations for studies exempt from the IDE regulation include:

  1. a legally marketed device when used in accordance with its labeling

  2. a diagnostic device if it complies with the labeling requirements in §809.10(c) and if the testing:
    • is noninvasive; *
    • does not require an invasive sampling procedure that presents significant risk;
    • does not by design or intention introduce energy into a subject; and
    • is not used as a diagnostic procedure without confirmation by another medically established diagnostic product or procedure;
    • For a diagnostic device, IRB approval is required and no Investigational Device Exemption application must be made to the FDA. In addition, the IRB is not required to make any further determinations related to risk at the time of approval.

* Noninvasive when applied to a diagnostic device or procedure, means one that DOES NOT by design or intention:

Additional guidance for an in vitro diagnostic device studies can be found in "Regulating In Vitro Diagnostic Device (IVD) Studies."Regulating In Vitro Diagnostic Device (IVD) Studies."

  1. consumer preference testing, testing of a modification, or testing of a combination of devices if the device(s) are legally marketed device(s) [that is, the devices have an approved PMA, cleared Premarket Notification 510(k), or are exempt from 510(k)] AND if the testing is not for the purpose of determining safety or effectiveness and does not put subjects at risk;

  2. a device intended solely for veterinary use;

  3. a device shipped solely for research with laboratory animals and contains the labeling "CAUTION – Device for investigational use in laboratory animals or other tests that do not involve human subjects."

  4. a custom device
  5. According to 21CFR812.2(c) (7) a custom device as defined in 812.3(b) is exempt unless the device is being used to determine safety or effectiveness for commercial distribution.  A custom device means a device that:

      (1) Necessarily deviates from devices generally available or from an applicable performance standard or premarket approval requirement in order to comply with the order of an individual physician or dentist;
      (2) Is not generally available to, or generally used by, other physicians or dentists;
      (3) Is not generally available in finished form for purchase or for dispensing upon prescription;
      (4) Is not offered for commercial distribution through labeling or advertising; and
      (5) Is intended for use by an individual patient named in the order of a physician or dentist, and is to be made in a specific form for that patient, or is intended to meet the special needs of the physician or dentist in the course of professional practice.

    Depending upon the nature of the investigation, those studies which are exempt from the requirements of the IDE regulation may or may not be exempt from the requirements for IRB review and approval under Part 56 and the requirements for obtaining informed consent under Part 50. For guidance regarding the applicability of these regulations with respect to investigations being conducted under the provisions of §812.2(c), contact the IDE Staff at (301) 594-1190.

    For a custom device, IRB approval is required as this would also not meet the definition of human subject research under 45CFR46.

  6. Computer programs may be medical devices - it depends on the specific program and exactly what it does. A determination for whether or not a product is a medical device can be obtained by submitting a 513(g) request for classification. More information can be found at
  7. Medical Mobile Apps: Mobile medical applications (apps) may be considered a device. See examples below. For additional information see the FDA Guidance on Mobile Medical Apps- 9-23 13
For more information see: Guidance on Electronic Storage of Highly Sensitive Data Policy

Examples of medical apps which are considered a device and thus regulated by the FDA:

Examples of medical apps which are NOT considered a device and thus are NOT regulated by the FDA:

Significant Risk (SR) and Non-Significant Risk (NSR)Devices

If a device is determined to NOT be exempt from IDE regulations, then the IRB must determine if the device is SR/NSR. If SR then the investigator will be required to submit an IDE application to the FDA and obtain an IDE number.

The initial determination regarding whether the device is exempt from device regulations or not, is made by the PI/sponsor. If the study is initiated by the UVa PI, the PI must submit document from the FDA or the School of Medicine Clinical Trials Office with their guidance on the need for an IDE.

If the FDA has already made the SR or NSR determination for the study, the agency's determination is final. Otherwise the exempt determination is made by the full IRB-HSR.

A non-significant risk device is one that does not present significant risk to the research subject. Investigators should clearly explain in their protocol to the IRB why the sponsor believes the device to present no significant risk to study participants and provide supporting information, such as reports of prior investigations. The investigator should inform the IRB whether the FDA or any other IRB (IRB) has made a risk assessment and what the results of those assessments were.

The IRB then will make an independent assessment of the risk of the investigational device to be used in the study. If the IRB agrees that the devices poses no significant risk to research subjects, the investigator will not be required to obtain an IDE from the FDA to conduct the study. If the IRB instead believes that the device poses significant risk to research subjects, the investigator will be notified by the IRB. The investigator in turn is required to notify the sponsor of the IRB's decision, and the sponsor must notify the FDA of the IRB determination regardless of whether the study is ultimately conducted at UVA. Investigational devices determined by the IRB to poses significant risk to research subjects, will be reviewed according to the requirements described below.

Significant Risk Device Criteria

A significant risk device by definition is an investigational medical device that presents a serious risk to the health and safety of the research subjects. A significant risk investigational device must have FDA approval for use (e.g. must have an IDE#) According to 21CFR812.3(m) a Significant Risk (SR) device study is one that presents a potential for serious risk to the health, safety, or welfare of a subject and

If the participant must undergo a procedure as part of the investigational study, e.g., a surgical procedure to implant the device, the IRB-HSR must consider the potential harm that could be caused by the procedure in addition to the potential harm caused by the device.

*Implant means a device that is placed into a surgically or naturally formed cavity of the human body if it is intended to remain there for a period of 30 days or more. FDA may, in order to protect public health, determine that devices placed in subjects for shorter periods are also "implants."

Unanticipated Adverse Device Effect Reports

The reporting requirements for adverse device effects are different from those for drugs and biologics. The sponsor-investigator must immediately conduct an evaluation of any unanticipated adverse device effect. If this effect presents an unreasonable risk to subjects, the sponsor-investigator is required to terminate all investigations as soon as possible, but no later than five working days after the sponsor makes this determination. This also must occur within 15 working days of when the sponsor was notified of the adverse effect.

Exception from Informed Consent (EFIC) Requirement

Even for an emergency use, the investigator is required to obtain informed consent of the subject or the subject's legally authorized representative unless both the investigator and a physician who is not otherwise participating in the clinical investigation certify in writing in the subject/subject's medical record all of the following [21 CFR 50.23(a)]:

If, in the investigator's opinion, immediate use of the test article is required to preserve the subject's life, and if time is not sufficient to obtain an independent physician's determination that the four conditions above apply, the clinical investigator should make the determination and, within 5 working days after the use of the article, have the determination reviewed and evaluated in writing by a physician who is not participating in the clinical investigation. The investigator must notify the IRB within 5 working days after the use of the test article [21 CFR 50.23(c)].

Planned Emergency Research and Exception from Informed Consent Requirements

Planned emergency research involves the systematic investigation of a condition experienced by individuals "in a setting where the emergency circumstances require prompt action and generally provide insufficient time and opportunity to locate and obtain consent from each subject's legally authorized representative" (FDA 2013).

In addition, "the research must have the prospect of direct benefit to the patient and must involve an investigational product that, to be effective, must be administered before informed consent from the subject or the subject's legally authorized representative can be obtained and in which there is no reasonable way to identify prospectively individuals likely to become eligible for participation."FDA Guidance

Planned emergency research is different than the emergency use of an investigational drug or device in a single patient. Emergency use of an investigational drug or device involves the treatment of a patient using an investigational drug or device outside of the research setting.

Per notice in the Federal Register (October 2, 1996) DHHS has waived the general requirements for informed consent for the class of research consisting of Emergency Research which falls under FDA regulations 21CFR50.24. Because informed consent cannot be obtained prior to initiating research procedures, there are many additional participant protections that must be in place before the IRB can approve planned emergency research.


Legally Authorized Representative (LAR): an individual, or judicial or other body authorized under applicable law to consent on behalf of a prospective subject to the subject's participation in the procedure(s) involved in the research. [45CFR.46.102(c) and 21CFR50.3(l)].

Family Member: Both FDA and DHHS define a "family member" as any one of the following legally competent persons: spouse; parents; children (including adopted children); brothers, sisters, and spouses of brothers and sisters; and any individual related by blood or affinity whose close association with the subject is the equivalent of a family relationship

Community Consultation: Providing the opportunity for discussion with, and soliciting opinions from, the community(ies) in which the study will take place and from which the study subjects will be drawn. These communities may not always be the same; when they are not the same, both communities should be consulted.

Public Disclosure (a) Before a planned emergency research protocol begins, the dissemination of information in the community(ies) in which the study will take place and from which the subjects will be drawn sufficient to allow a reasonable assumption that the communities are aware that the study will be conducted, and its risks and benefits; and (b) after the study has been conducted, the dissemination of information to the community(ies) in which the study was conducted and to scientific researchers sufficient to describe the study's demographic characteristics and the study's results

Therapeutic Window: The protocol defines the time period, based on available scientific evidence, during which the intervention under investigation in the planned emergency research might reasonably produce a demonstrable clinical effect.

Conditions Required to Conduct Planned Research in Emergency Settings with Wavier of Consent and WAIVER OF HIPAA AUTHORIZATION

The IRB reviews the protocol and subsequent informed consent procedures to ascertain "approvability." If the protocol is not approvable by the IRB-HSR, because it does not meet the requirements or there are ethical concerns, explanatory documentation must be promptly supplied to the investigator and sponsor.

The convened IRB determines whether the research activity is subject to 21 CFR 50. If the research is FDA regulated, the IRB follows the FDA regulatory criteria to allow an exception to the requirement to obtain consent (Sec. 50.24).

21 CRF 50.24 (a) The IRB responsible for the review, approval, and continuing review of the clinical investigation described in this section may approve that investigation without requiring that informed consent of all subjects be obtained if the IRB (with the concurrence of a licensed physician* who is a member of the IRB and who is not otherwise participating in the clinical investigation) finds and documents each of the following points:

The IRB determinations are documented in the Scientific Reviewer Checklist: Planned Emergency Research and Exception from Informed Consent (EFIC)-as well as the IRB meeting minutes and retained by the IRB for at least 3 years after completion of the clinical investigation, and the records shall be accessible for inspection and copying by FDA in accordance with 21 CFR 56.115(b).

If an IRB determines that it cannot approve a clinical investigation because the investigation does not meet the criteria in the exception provided above or because of other relevant ethical concerns, the IRB must document its findings and provide these findings promptly in writing to the clinical investigator and to the sponsor of the clinical investigation. The sponsor of the clinical investigation must promptly disclose this information to FDA and to the sponsor's clinical investigators who are participating or are asked to participate in this or a substantially equivalent clinical investigation of the sponsor, and to other IRB's that have been, or are, asked to review this or a substantially equivalent investigation by that sponsor.

Vulnerable Populations: Children, Prisoners and Pregnant Women

Children: Children may be included in federally-funded emergency research under EFIC provided that the additional criteria for involving children in research are met. Most emergency research that meets the criteria for EFIC will also meet the criteria for inclusion of children because the research is greater than minimal risk, but holds out the prospect of direct benefit to the subjects. If the study involves children, the community consultation and public disclosure plans should carefully consider how to reach parents of children who would potentially be included and, if appropriate, the children themselves. (See Vulnerable Populations Checklist-Children)

Prisoners: Per DHHS regulations, prisoners may not be included in federally-funded emergency research under EFIC. However, given the emergent circumstances under which subjects are enrolled in these studies, it may not be apparent that a subject is a prisoner at the time of enrollment. Likewise, a subject could become a prisoner following enrollment and during the study period (including long-term follow-up periods).

Therefore, the protocol should be clear that known prisoners will be enrolled and should address either: 1) the plan for safely removing subjects from the study who become prisoners after enrollment; or20 how the protocol meets the criteria for approval of research with prisoners with respect to the study procedures that take place after the emergency intervention .

Pregnant Women and Fetuses: Per DHHS regulations, pregnant women and fetuses may not be included in federally-funded emergency research under EFIC. However, given the emergent circumstances under which subjects are enrolled in these studies, it may not be apparent that a subject is pregnant. Investigators must carefully consider the impact that the study intervention could have on a pregnant women or fetus where the pregnancy is not identified at the time of enrollment. A plan for emergency testing prior to enrollment (if feasible and appropriate) or follow-up to ensure the safety of the pregnant woman or fetus after incidental enrollment should be described in the protocol. Any study procedures performed after pregnancy is identified must meet the criteria in Vulnerable Populations Checklist-Pregnant Women, Fetuses, Neonates)

Other Types of IDE's

There may be circumstances under which a health care provider may wish to use an unapproved device to save the life of a patient or to help a patient suffering from a serious disease or condition for which there no other alternative therapy exists. Patients/physicians faced with these circumstances may have access to investigational devices under one of four main mechanisms by which FDA may make an unapproved device available:

Compassionate Use

The compassionate use provision allows access for patients who do not meet the requirements for inclusion in the clinical investigation of a device, but for whom the treating physician believes the device may provide a benefit in treating and/or diagnosing their disease or condition. This provision is typically approved for individual patients but may be approved to treat a small group.

Study Team Responsibilities:

The researcher at UVa should not submit an application to the IRB prior to a patient being identified and the sponsor having submitted a new IDE submission to the FDA for that particular patient.

Emergency Use of Unapproved Medical Devices

An unapproved medical device is a device that is used for a purpose or condition for which the device requires, but does not have, an approved application for premarket approval under section 515 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act [21 U.S.C. 360(e)].

An unapproved device may be used in human subjects only if it is approved for clinical testing under an approved application for an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) under section 520(g) of the Act [21 U.S.C. 360(j)(g)] and 21 CFR part 812. Medical devices that have not received marketing clearance under section 510(k) of the FD&C Act are also considered unapproved devices which require an IDE.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes that emergencies arise where an unapproved device may offer the only possible life-saving alternative, but an IDE for the device does not exist, or the proposed use is not approved under an existing IDE, or the physician or institution is not approved under the IDE. Using its enforcement discretion, FDA has not objected if a physician chooses to use an unapproved device in such an emergency, provided that the physician later justifies in writing to the FDA and the IRB that an emergency actually existed.

Requirements for Emergency Use: FDA website- Additional Information

Each of the following conditions must exist to justify emergency use:

Emergency Use of an unapproved device may occur before an IDE is approved. If consent is obtained, it may be done with a consent form from the sponsor, or clinicians may use a standard surgical consent form via the health system.

FDA expects the physician to determine whether these criteria have been met, to assess the potential for benefits from the unapproved use of the device, and to have substantial reason to believe that benefits will exist. The physician may not conclude that an "emergency" exists in advance of the time when treatment may be needed based solely on the expectation that IDE approval procedures may require more time than is available. Physicians should be aware that FDA expects them to exercise reasonable foresight with respect to potential emergencies and to make appropriate arrangements under the IDE procedures far enough in advance to avoid creating a situation in which such arrangements are impracticable.

In the event that a device is to be used in circumstances meeting the criteria listed above, the device developer should notify the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), Program Operation Staff by telephone (301-594-1190) immediately after shipment is made. [Note: an unapproved device may not be shipped in anticipation of an emergency.] Nights and weekends, contact the FDA Office of Emergency Operations (HFA-615) 301-443-1240.

FDA would expect the physician to follow as many subject protection procedures as possible. These include:

After-Use Procedures

After an unapproved device is used in an emergency, the physician should:

Subsequent emergency use of the device may not occur unless the physician or another person obtains approval of an IDE for the device and its use. If an IDE application for subsequent use has been filed with FDA and FDA disapproves the IDE application, the device may not be used even if the circumstances constituting an emergency exist. Developers of devices that could be used in emergencies should anticipate the likelihood of emergency use and should obtain an approved IDE for such uses.

Study Team Responsibilities

The FDA allows for only one emergency use of a test article without prospective IRB approval. See FDA Requirements above for additional information. If you expect to have an additional patient who will need the same test article- please begin work on submitting a protocol to the IRB.

Emergency Use of a Humanitarian Use Device (HUD)

Guidance for HDE Holders, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), Clinical Investigators, and FDA Staff - Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) Regulation: Questions and Answers

A Humanitarian Use Device (HUD) is a device that is intended to benefit patients in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases or conditions that affect or are manifested in fewer than 4000 individuals in the United States per year. The sponsor must get a HDE designation from the FDA's Office of Orphan Products Development. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the HDE regulation do not require informed consent because a HDE provides for marketing approval, and so use of the device does not constitute research or an investigation which would normally require informed consent. The sponsor may provide the patient with patient labeling to assist the patient in making an informed decision about the use of the device. Even though the device is not considered investigational, IRB review is required. The FDA in their FAQ's (see link below) specifies a difference between use of an HUD and investigational use of an HUD. If used according to labeling, this is not considered an "investigational use" of an HUD and therefore 45CFR46, 21CFR50 do not apply. The initial review must by done by full board, although continuations may be done be expedited review.

Additional information may be found at

Emergency Use of a Humanitarian Use Device
For additional information on the emergency use of a HUD see: HUD Emergency Use

IRB-HSR Process
The Principal Investigator needs to submit the following documentation to the IRB-HSR for full board review:

The protocol is processed like any other new approval by the full board except that a protocol, consent form, Investigator's Agreement and Human Subject Protection Training are NOT required.

Treatment Use

FDA Requirements: Additional information may be found on the FDA website.

"Treatment Use" is described in the federal regulations to facilitate broader availability of promising new therapies to desperately ill patients as early in the development process as possible. Under these regulations, patients faced with a serious or life-threatening disease/condition for which no alternative exists may receive investigational therapy outside of the controlled clinical trial.

Treatment Use may be considered when:

Study Team Responsibilities

The Principal Investigator either through the sponsor or directly with the FDA must obtain a "Treatment Use IND/IDE"


Continued Access

FDA Requirements: Continued Access

Study Team Responsibilities:

Researchers wishing to open a continued access protocol may use a central IRB as the IRB of record for the trial. The PI will submit the appropriate paperwork to the central IRB and the IRB-HSR.

Investigators as Sponsors

If an investigator is the developer of the drug, biologic or medical device, and no commercial manufacturer is involved, then the investigator is also the sponsor for the purposes of designing and organizing clinical trials.

Sponsors also have important administrative and reporting requirements above and beyond those of investigators. Faculty contemplating the dual role of sponsor-investigator should consult with the School of Medicine Clinical Trials Office (SOM CTO) about the additional responsibilities that entails.

The sponsor must declare any individual financial conflict(s) of interests in the research and develop a management plan that is approved by the University. Multi site trials:

Should an investigator associated with the University of Virginia or the University sponsor a multi-site study, that investigator is required to meet all the responsibilities of a sponsor as determined by DHHS guidance.

At the time of initial review the IRB will require an approval from the SOM CTO who will assess the procedures for dissemination of protocol information (e.g. unanticipated problems involving risks to subjects or others, protocol modifications, interim findings) to all participating sites. In addition the UVA PI must ensure that investigators at other research sites submit and follow requirements directed by their local IRBs.

IRB policies and procedures from each approving institution will be followed by researchers at that site. All required reports will be provided to the local IRB as per their policy. The coordinating PI at the University of Virginia will be responsible for providing local information as well as unanticipated problems involving risks to subjects or others, protocol modifications, or interim findings that may affect the UVA IRB's continuing approval of the research.

IDE Applications

The IDE application must contain sufficient data from animal and in vitro studies to demonstrate the likelihood that the product will be safe and effective for the purpose indicated. If the FDA agrees that the data are sufficient to support a decision to initiate clinical trials, and the proposed protocol is acceptable, the FDA will provide an IDE number to the protocol. Specific requirements for protocol design are set forth in FDA Regulations.

IDE: The investigator is required to wait for the FDA scientists to review the materials submitted, and if necessary request additional information, require modifications, and approve or disapprove the application before proceeding with the clinical trial. The IRB will not provide approval to enroll subjects in the study until the FDA has either provided an IDE number or advised the principal investigator that an IDE is not required.

Required Approval Process to Use a New Device at UVa Health System

No medical device ( supplies, accessories, or equipment), whether purchased, contracted, donated, loaned or for trial, may be used in the Medical Center for inpatient or outpatient care purposes without first being evaluated by Clinical Engineering.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines a medical device as any instrument, apparatus, or other article that is used to prevent, diagnose, mitigate, or treat a disease or to affect the structure or function of the body, with the exception of drugs. This means that the FDA classifies common hospital products such as catheters, thermometers, patient restraints and syringes as medical devices.

In order to obtain approval submit the New Medical Device Request Form online at If you have questions on how to complete the form call 434-982-2590

Device Summary Table

Last Modified: Friday, 09-Jun-2017 13:32:18 EDT