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FDA Resources

The goal of this webpage is to connect entrepreneurs with a set of curated links available from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The webpage contains links to resources that are relevant for early-stage companies developing oncology-related technologies.

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Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)

What does CDRH regulate?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates medical devices to assure their safety and effectiveness and develops, and carries out a national program designed to control unnecessary exposures to, and assure safe and efficacious use of, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation-emitting electronic products. The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is the component within the FDA that is responsible for this program. The FDA's legal authority to regulate both medical devices and electronic radiation-emitting products is the Federal Food Drug & Cosmetic (FD&C) Act.

 Learn more at CDRH resources >

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)

What does CDER regulate?

As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CDER regulates over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including biological therapeutics and generic drugs.

The Center is a consumer watchdog in America's healthcare system. CDER's best-known job is to evaluate new drugs before they can be sold. The Center's review of new drug applications not only prevents quackery, but it provides doctors and patients with the information they need to use medicines wisely.

The Center makes sure that safe and effective drugs are available to improve the health of consumers. CDER ensures that prescription and over-the-counter drugs, both brand name and generic, work correctly and that the health benefits outweigh known risks.

Categories of Therapeutic Biological Products Transferred to CDER

  • Monoclonal antibodies for in vivo use.
  • Proteins intended for therapeutic use, including cytokines (e.g. interferons), enzymes (e.g. thrombolytics), and other novel proteins, except for those that are specifically assigned to CBER (e.g., vaccines and blood products). This category includes therapeutic proteins derived from plants, animals, or microorganisms, and recombinant versions of these products.
  • Immunomodulators (non-vaccine and non-allergenic products intended to treat disease by inhibiting or modifying a pre-existing immune response).
  • Growth factors, cytokines, and monoclonal antibodies intended to mobilize, stimulate, decrease or otherwise alter the production of hematopoietic cells in vivo.

 Learn more at CDER resources >

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)

What does CBER regulate?

  • Biological products, including blood and blood products, vaccines, allergenics, gene therapies and xenotransplantation.
  • Human cells and tissue products (HCT/Ps) that are intended for implantation, transplantation, infusion, or transfer into a human recipient. This may include bone, ligament, skin, dura mater, heart valve, cornea, hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells derived from peripheral and cord blood, manipulated autologous chondrocytes, epithelial cells on a synthetic matrix, and semen or other reproductive tissue.
  • Medical devices involved in the collection, processing, testing, screening, manufacture and administration of blood, blood components, and human tissue and cellular products.
  • HIV test kits used to screen donor blood, blood components and tissue and cellular products (HCT/Ps), and products used to diagnose, treat, and monitor persons with HIV and AIDS.
  • Certain drug products, including blood bags with anti-coagulant.

Categories of Therapeutic Biological Products Remaining in CBER

  • Cellular products, including products composed of human, bacterial or animal cells (such as pancreatic islet cells for transplantation), or from physical parts of those cells (such as whole cells, cell fragments, or other components intended for use as preventative or therapeutic vaccines).
  • Gene therapy products. Human gene therapy/gene transfer is the administration of nucleic acids, viruses, or genetically engineered microorganisms that mediate their effect by transcription and/or translation of the transferred genetic material, and/or by integrating into the host genome. Cells may be modified in these ways ex vivo for subsequent administration to the recipient, or altered in vivo by gene therapy products administered directly to the recipient.
  • Vaccines (products intended to induce or increase an antigen specific immune response for prophylactic or therapeutic immunization, regardless of the composition or method of manufacture).
  • Allergenic extracts used for the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases and allergen patch tests.
  • Antitoxins, antivenins, and venoms
  • Blood, blood components, plasma derived products (for example, albumin, immunoglobulins, clotting factors, fibrin sealants, proteinase inhibitors), including recombinant and transgenic versions of plasma derivatives, (for example clotting factors), blood substitutes, plasma volume expanders, human or animal polyclonal antibody preparations including radiolabeled or conjugated forms, and certain fibrinolytics such as plasma-derived plasmin, and red cell reagents.

 Learn more at CBER resources >

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Updated Date: 
October 5, 2020