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U.S. FDA ASCA Program


ISO/IEC Standard 17025

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized IAS under the Accreditation Scheme for Conformity Assessment (ASCA) pilot program to accredit testing laboratories that perform premarket testing for medical device companies. In this program, IAS will accredit testing laboratories using the standard ISO/IEC 17025 and the ASCA program specifications.

Relying upon international conformity assessment standards and a set of FDA-identified ASCA program specifications, the pilot is intended to increase consistency and predictability in the FDA’s approach to assessing conformance with FDA-recognized consensus standards and test methods eligible for inclusion in the ASCA Pilot in medical device premarket reviews. Ultimately, the ASCA Pilot is intended to help the FDA ensure patients have timely and continued access to safe, effective, and high-quality medical devices.

FDA ASCA Process

The first step in the process is to obtain accreditation from an ASCA-recognized accreditation body (i.e. IAS), which includes an assessment to ISO/IEC 17025 and the ASCA program specifications. For laboratories already accredited by IAS to ISO/IEC 17025, the process involves a scope expansion by IAS to include the ASCA program specifications. The next step involves the laboratory submittal of an application for ASCA Accreditation to the FDA.

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FDA ASCA links

As of September 19, 2023, ASCA has become a Permanent Program – Read More

ASCA Pilot Guidances


Website Resources

ASCA Pilot Web page


Standards & Conformity Assessment Program


FDA Recognized Consensus Standards Database


Standards Resources

Recognition and Withdrawal of Voluntary Consensus Standards, final guidance


Appropriate Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards in Premarket Submissions for Medical Devices, final guidance


CDRH Learn: How to Study and Market Your Device: Standards


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Division of Industry and Consumer Education (DICE)

Contact DICE if you have a question

Email:  DICE@fda.hhs.gov

Phone:  1(800) 638-2041 or (301) 796-7100 (Hours: 9 am-12:30 pm; 1 pm-4:30pm EST)

Web:  www.fda.gov/DICE

IAS’ scope of ASCA Recognition to the FDA-recognized
consensus standards and test methods included in the ASCA Pilot are listed below.

Basic Safety and Essential Performance

ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1 IEC 60601-2-11 IEC 60601-2-36 ISO 80601-2-12
IEC 61010-1 IEC 60601-2-16 IEC 60601-2-37 ISO 80601-2-13
IEC 60601-1-2 IEC 60601-2-17 IEC 60601-2-43 IEC 80601-2-30
IEC 60601-1-3 IEC 60601-2-18 IEC 60601-2-44 IEC 80601-2-35
IEC 60601-1-6 IEC 60601-2-19 IEC 60601-2-45 ISO 80601-2-55
IEC 60601-1-8 IEC 60601-2-20 IEC 60601-2-47 ISO 80601-2-56
IEC 60601-1-10 IEC 60601-2-21 IEC 60601-2-50 IEC 80601-2-59
IEC 60601-1-11 IEC 60601-2-22 IEC 60601-2-52 IEC 80601-2-60
ANSI/AAMI HA60601-1-11 IEC 60601-2-23 IEC 60601-2-54 ISO 80601-2-61
IEC 60601-1-12 IEC 60601-2-25 IEC 60601-2-57 ISO 80601-2-69
IEC 60601-2-1 IEC 60601-2-27 IEC 60601-2-62 ISO 80601-2-70
IEC 60601-2-2 IEC 60601-2-28 IEC 60601-2-63 ISO 80601-2-72
IEC 60601-2-5 IEC 60601-2-29 IEC 60601-2-64 ISO 80601-2-74
IEC 60601-2-6 IEC 60601-2-31 IEC 60601-2-65 IEC 80601-2-77
IEC 60601-2-8 IEC 60601-2-33 IEC 60601-2-68 ISO 80601-2-79
IEC 60601-2-10 IEC 60601-2-34 IEC/TR IEC 60601-4-2 ISO 80601-2-80


Contact Information

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