Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Quality Pilot Project

Medical Device Discovery Appraisal Program (MDDAP)



FDA launched the Case for Quality in 2011 to elevate the focus of all medical device stakeholders from baseline regulatory compliance to sustained, predictive practices that advance medical device quality and safety to achieve better patient outcomes. A cultural shift of this magnitude demands the engagement of regulators, industry, providers, payers and patients. So in 2014, FDA enlisted the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) to foster a new level of collaboration between the Agency and industry in a far-reaching Case for Quality movement.

Leveraging the internationally recognized framework of the Capability Maturity Model, a product of the CMMI Institute (Institute), medical device organizations enrolled in this program will be periodically assessed to determine their process capabilities and how they are continually improving the quality of their processes, systems and products. Participating organizations are eligible for regulatory benefits from the FDA.



      • Upon approval into the program, your facility will be removed from the FDA's inspection list.
      • Upon completion of a Discovery Appraisal, the medical devices manufactured in your facility will no longer be subject to the usual 30-day change notice, but will be part of a streamlined process.


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      • Must be a U.S. based company/site or global company that distributes medical devices in the U.S. (Class I, II, III).
      • Facilities must be those responsible for the manufacture and processing of medical devices.
        • Facilities must not be under Official Action Indicated (OAI) status or subject to a judicial action.
        • Companies with OAI can become eligible for benefits when:
          • they have provided FDA with confirmation that appropriate corrective action has been implemented, and
          • those actions have been verified by FDA during a follow-up inspection.
      • Companies must have [1] prior history or compliance profile, [2] site registration, and [3] listing with FDA.
        • Examples of ineligibility include: new manufacturers, start-up companies, no FDA inspections, no marketed products in the U.S., etc.



      • Annual subscription fee of $5,000 to be paid once you are accepted into the pilot program.
      • Participation in a Medical Device Discovery Appraisal within the 90-day target and payment of the associated costs.
      • Submission of metrics at defined frequencies to confirm progress and improvement from initial appraisal results.
      • Sustained favorable compliance profile/history as defined in the enrollment requirements.




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