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Product Labeling for Laparoscopic Power Morcellators; Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.


Notice of availability.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing the availability of a final guidance entitled “Product Labeling for Laparoscopic Power Morcellators.” This guidance updates recommended “Contraindications” and “Warnings” information to be included in product labeling to reflect the state of the science and available technology regarding use of laparoscopic power morcellators (LPMs). These labeling recommendations are intended to enhance, but not replace, the physician-patient discussion of the benefits and risks of use of LPMs that uniquely pertain to individual patients.


The announcement of the guidance is published in the Federal Register on December 30, 2020.


You may submit either electronic or written comments on Agency guidances at any time as follows:

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Written/Paper Submissions

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  • Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier (for written/paper submissions): Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
  • For written/paper comments submitted to the Dockets Management Staff, FDA will post your comment, as well as any attachments, except for information submitted, marked and identified, as confidential, if submitted as detailed in “Instructions.”

Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket No. FDA-2014-D-1804 for “Product Labeling for Laparoscopic Power Morcellators.” Received comments will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as “Confidential Submissions,” publicly viewable at or at the Dockets Management Staff between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, 240-402-7500.

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You may submit comments on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)).

An electronic copy of the guidance document is available for download from the internet. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for information on electronic access to the guidance. Submit written requests for a single hard copy of the guidance document entitled “Product Labeling for Laparoscopic Power Morcellators” to the Office of Policy, Guidance and Policy Development, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 5431, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your request.

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Veronica Price, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 2659, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-6538.

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I. Background

Following issuance of the 2014 guidance document entitled “Immediately in Effect Guidance Document: Product Labeling for Laparoscopic Power Morcellators,” FDA has continued to consider new scientific information and the input of stakeholders. Additional scientific information is available that stratifies the risks of an undetected uterine cancer in women with presumed fibroids based on age.

FDA also considered scientific information pertaining to the risk of spreading benign uterine tissue beyond the uterus during gynecologic surgeries Start Printed Page 86571when LPMs are used. Parasitic myomas and disseminated peritoneal leiomyomatosis, while benign, have been associated with the need for additional surgery due to symptoms such as abdominal pain and distension. Finally, FDA considered additional available mitigations for the spread of uterine tissue. Since 2014, FDA has provided marketing authorization for LPM containment systems intended to isolate and contain tissue that is considered benign. These products have been shown, through bench testing and simulated use testing, to contain such tissue during morcellation.

For these reasons, FDA is updating its recommendations, as originally described in the 2014 guidance document, concerning the content and format of certain labeling information for LPMs. Specifically, FDA is recommending that manufacturers incorporate into the labeling for these devices information providing greater specificity regarding the risks of use as it relates to age, information regarding the risk of spreading benign uterine tissue, and information regarding the use of LPM containment systems.

A notice of availability of the draft guidance appeared in the Federal Register of February 26, 2020 (85 FR 11093). FDA considered comments received and revised the guidance as appropriate in response to the comments, including revisions to further discuss shared decision making that should occur between a physician and patient prior to undergoing the procedure, to elaborate on the benefits and risks of LPM containment systems, and to refine one of the sample warning statements.

This guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The guidance represents the current thinking of FDA on product labeling for laparoscopic power morcellators. It does not establish any rights for any person and is not binding on FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if it satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

II. Electronic Access

Persons interested in obtaining a copy of the guidance may do so by downloading an electronic copy from the internet. A search capability for all Center for Devices and Radiological Health guidance documents is available at​medical-devices/​device-advice-comprehensive-regulatory-assistance/​guidance-documents-medical-devices-and-radiation-emitting-products. This guidance document is also available at and at​regulatory-information/​search-fda-guidance-documents. Persons unable to download an electronic copy of “Product Labeling for Laparoscopic Power Morcellators” may send an email request to to receive an electronic copy of the document. Please use the document number 1400052 and complete title to identify the guidance you are requesting.

III. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

While this guidance contains no collection of information, it does refer to previously approved FDA collections of information. Therefore, clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521) is not required for this guidance. The previously approved collections of information are subject to review by OMB under the PRA. The collections of information in the following FDA regulations have been approved by OMB as listed in the following table:

21 CFR partTopicOMB control No.
807, subpart EPremarket notification0910-0120
800, 801, and 809Medical Device Labeling Regulations0910-0485
803Medical Devices; Medical Device Reporting; Manufacturer reporting, importer reporting, user facility reporting, distributor reporting0910-0437
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Dated: December 22, 2020.

Lauren K. Roth,

Acting Principal Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2020-28816 Filed 12-29-20; 8:45 am]