FDA update: ASCA Becomes a Permanent Program


Effective September 19, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ASCA Program is converting from a pilot to a permanent program. This transition is authorized by the Medical Device User Fee Amendments of 2022 (MDUFA V). The ASCA program will continue to be implemented through the final guidance documents.

A device manufacturer may choose to use an ASCA-accredited testing laboratory to conduct testing for premarket submissions to the FDA. For such testing, ASCA-accredited testing laboratories provide the device manufacturer with all the information listed in the relevant ASCA program specifications. When the device manufacturer includes a declaration of conformity with an ASCA Summary Test Report as part of their premarket submission, the FDA will have confidence in the testing laboratories’ test methods and results and does not intend to request additional information regarding testing methodologies.