21st Century Cures

The 21st Century Cures Act (P.L. 114-255) is landmark, bipartisan legislation that was signed into law on Dec. 13, 2016, and touches virtually all aspects of biomedical research, medical product development and the regulatory approval process. Read what FasterCures has said about 21st Century Cures over the years.

FasterCures worked closely with Congress, federal agencies and the advocacy community throughout the legislation’s journey to the president’s desk. In February 2017, we debuted the 21st Century Cures Tracker to track the implementation of the 100+ sections in Division A, which include the key provisions relevant to biomedical research and innovation. (Other divisions of the law pertain to mental health and Medicare; since those are not areas of focus for FasterCures, we will not be actively tracking them here.) Learn more about how to use the tracker with our FAQs page.

A few examples of the issues we will be tracking include the impact of changes to the National Institutes of Health’s administrative requirements for grantees, how the Food and Drug Administration implements new changes designed to enhance patient engagement and how the Department of Health and Human Services is using its new authorities to promote health information technology interoperability.

Many external factors will affect the progress of these initiatives, including policies related to hiring freezes and uncertain funding levels. This tracker is not meant to be a pass/fail report card, but rather a snapshot in time that can help explain impact and identify where progress is needed.

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FasterCures' 21st Century Cures Act Tracker (P.L. 114-255)

Status Section Tracked Deadlines and Requirements Update Date of Update Tags
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 3052. Humanitarian device exemption. 6/13/2018: requires FDA to issue a guidance document define "probable benefit" in the context of the humanitarian device exemption.

6/13/2018: FDA issued draft guidance on Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) Program

6/7/2017: FDA rule notice in the Federal Register: section 3052 of the 21st Century Cures Act amended section 520(m) of the FD&C Act to allow for HDE approval for devices that, among other things, treat or diagnose a disease or condition that affects “not more than 8,000” individuals in the United States; this threshold had been “fewer than 4,000” individuals in the United States (amending 21 U.S.C. 360j(m), passim). This final rule amends part 814 (21 CFR part 814) in several places to accurately reflect the threshold recently enacted into law.

20180613 06/13/2018 FDA, Guidances, Medical Devices, Regulatory Affairs
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 3053. Recognition of standards. Instructs FDA to review and update its guidance on submission and evaluation of independent standards for medical device review.

9/14/2018: FDA announced the availability of a draft guidance titled "Recognition and Withdrawal of Voluntary Consensus Standards" which updates published guidance topics covered in section 3053.

9/22/2017: FDA noted on its tracker of 21CC deliverables that, "provided training to FDA employees who review premarket submissions for devices on use of recognized standards for purposes of meeting a premarket submission requirement or other applicable requirement."

20180914 09/14/2018 FDA, Guidances, Medical Devices, Regulatory Affairs
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 3057. CLIA waiver improvements. 12/13/2017: instructs CMS to issue draft guidance on CLIA waiver improvements, and issuance of final guidance within one year after comment period closes.

11/29/2017: FDA announced the availability of the draft guidance entitled “Select Updates for Recommendations for Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Waiver Applications for Manufacturers of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices.” Comments on the draft guidance must be submitted by 1/29/2018. .

20171129 11/29/2017 CMS, FDA, Guidances, Medical Devices, Regulatory Affairs


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