Frequently Asked Questions
No. You will not receive a registration certificate after 510(k) clearance but the FDA will issue a 510(k) clearance letter and post it on their website. The website posting is your official proof of registration.
How long is my 510(k) valid?
The 510(k) regulatory clearance is valid until changes have occurred to the product, intended use or indications for use. Changes need to be assessed to determine if the changes warrant a submission to the FDA.
In general, you are required to do performance testing on your device along with any testing that the known predicate did. The test results are to show that your product is substantially equivalent to the predicate.
Can a 510(k) be transferred? Who owns it?
The person who submits the 510(k) is considered the owner of the FDA Clearance and remains so. The purchaser of a 510(k) notifies the FDA Document Control Center notifying of a new owner only. If the manufacturing site changes; a new 510(k) must be submitted and you must register with the FDA.
What is considered a device family – what products can be in a single submission?
Devices that share the same FDA classification regulation/product code can often be “bundled” into a single submission.
Is home country approval required?
Home country approval is not required to receive FDA clearance.