Class III Device Definition
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies medical devices into three main categories. Each device is assigned to one of three regulatory classes based on the level of control required to ensure the safety and effectiveness of a device.
Class III medical devices have a high risk to patients or users. These devices help sustain or support life, can be implanted, and/or present potential unreasonable risk of illness or injury. They represent about 10% of medical devices and some examples include defibrillators, pacemakers, breast implants, and implanted prosthetics.