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FDA Seeks Enhanced Cybersecurity Risk Management Efforts, Including Premarket Submission Requirements, for Medical Device Manufacturers and Hospitals

Drawing on the increasing use of wireless, Internet- and network-connected medical devices, the Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance document for comment on June 14, 2013, proposing that manufacturers of medical devices that contain software, firmware, or programmable logic, address cybersecurity risks in premarket submissions. The draft guidance represents the Agency’s most direct and recent effort to address the potential risks of compromised medical device functionality due to intentional or unintentional cyber-attacks. In conjunction with the draft guidance, FDA issued a safety communication on its website addressing not only medical device manufacturers, but hospitals, medical device user facilities, and health care IT and procurement staff, recommending that these facilities also take steps to ensure that safeguards are place to reduce the risks of medical device failures resulting from cybersecurity breaches, and report such failures.