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FDA Clinical Decision Support Software vs. EU’s Medical Device Regulation

In follow-up to our colleagues recent post about the newly implemented Medical Device Regulation (“MDR”) in the European Union, this post will discuss some of the similarities between FDA’s Clinical Decision Support (“CDS”) Software Draft Guidance (together the “CDS Draft Guidance”) and the MDR. …›

Software As A Medical Device In Europe – New Regulatory Regime About To Enter Into Force – (Part 5 of 6)

The preceding articles of this series laid out how the new EU Medical Device Regulation 2017/745 (“MDR”) leads to a broader coverage of medical devices and an overall deeper level of regulation in areas already regulated before. This episode will put the spotlight …›

Software as a Medical Device in Europe – New Regulatory Regime About to Enter into Force – (Part 4 of 6)

After having dealt with the issue when software may be considered a medical device according to its intended purpose (in part 2) and the implications of the new risk classification regime (in part 3), in this part 4 of our series on Software as …›


U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged the prevalence of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML)-Based Software as Medical Devices (SaMDs) and has been taking steps towards advancing its regulatory oversight. The FDA recently published an AI/ML SaMD action plan, developed in direct response to …›

Software as a Medical Device in Europe – New Regulatory Regime About to Enter into Force – (Part 3 of 6)

Having shed light on the relevance of the intended purpose of a medical device when determining whether software qualifies as medical devices software (“MDSW”) under the new EU Medical Device Regulation 2017/745 (“MDR”) in part 2 of our series of articles, in this part …›