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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.v17.i2.90
pages 165-171

What Is Involved in a Regulatory Trial Investigating a New Medical Device?

Paula J. McKay
Department of Surgery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sarah Resendes
Department of Surgery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Emil Schemitsch
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mohit Bhandari
CLARITY Research Group, McMaster University, Department of Orthopedic Surgery Musculoskeletal Research Unit, Canada and Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Hamilton General Hospital, Canada

ABSTRACT

Regulatory trials allow for the clinical evaluation of new drugs and medical devices, determining whether or not they can be safely and effectively used in patient care. The outcome of these trials may result in new and better ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating illness. However, conducting a regulatory trial to evaluate a new medical device is a complex and time-intensive process involving many parties. This paper will provide an overview of the regulatory approval process for medical devices in the United States and will discuss what is involved in conducting a regulatory trial investigating a new device.