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FDA Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Medical Devices Amendments

June 22, 2016

It was 40 years ago, in 1976, when the Congress enacted and President Ford signed the Medical Device Amendments, which led to the creation of the Center for Medical Devices and Radiological Health.

On June 22, CDRH held a celebration to commemorate the occasion. CDRH now has 1,700 staffers compared to 180 in 1976.

Jeff Shuren, the CDRH director, spoke at the celebration and also posted a blog to mark the anniversary. In the blog, Jeff wrote: CDRH is “a vibrant family of individuals with a wide range of scientific, clinical, engineering, legal, and other expertise, who hail from a variety of backgrounds, and who are ready to tackle the latest scientific advancement.”

Here is a link to the blog:


Pictured here are former CDRHers and current FDAAA members: (left to right) Jim Benson, Bob Sauer, John Villforth and David Feigel. (Jim, Bob and John all were intimately involved in the founding of both CDRH and FDAAA, while Dave served later as CDRH director.)


June 22, 2016
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