February 11, 2013 - The United States Food and Drug Administration is looking to renew its inspection protocols for banned medical devices. The federal watchdog agency is currently seeking comments from the public on its new proposal.
Over the last few years, the FDA has pursued less than one device detention (on average) annually. However, the agency is seeking to renew and extend the program. Proposals by the FDA will be submitted to the Office of Management & Budget for legislative approval.
In 2012, the FDA requested comments from the public for more information on harmful or dangerous medical devices. However, the FDA did not receive a single entry. According to a federal employee working on the Paperwork Reduction Act, the information collection program must be re-approved every three years.
President Obama recently requested a five percent increase for the FDA’s Center for Devices & Radiological Health. With the extension, the CDRH will be able to gain more feedback from the public on dangerous medical devices.