Humanitarian Device Exemption

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A Humanitarian Device Exemption is an approval process provided by the United States Food and Drug Administration allowing a medical device to be marketed without requiring evidence of effectiveness. The FDA calls a device approved in this manner a "Humanitarian Use Device" (HUD).


To qualify, the device must be intended to benefit patients with a rare disease or condition (i.e. fewer than 8,000 people in the US annually).[1][2] The applicant must also show that there is no other way that the device could be brought to market, and that there is no comparable device already available.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Field, M. Tilson, H. (2006). Safe medical devices for children, National Academies Press
  2. ^ Chin, R. Lee B. (2008). Principles and Practice of Clinical Trial Medicine, Elsevier
  3. ^ Health, Center for Devices and Radiological (3 October 2022). "Humanitarian Device Exemption".


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