Consumer medical devices (CMD) are sold over-the-counter (OTC) at non-specialty retail locations including drug stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, and online. They have established safety profiles and are for use by consumers in non-clinical environments. Generally, no training is necessary to use a CMD. Manufacturers of CMDs rely on labeling, design, and consumer familiarity to ensure safe and effective use. Most CMDs are not subject to FDA’s premarket review requirements.
CHPA supports FDA's goals of reducing medical errors, simplifying device use information into data systems, identifying devices with adverse events, facilitating recall efficiency, and focusing communication.