What is a Device Master Record (DMR)?

Device Master Record Definition

A device master record (DMR) is a collection of records that contains the procedures and specifications for a finished medical device. According to the FDA quality system regulation, a device master record should include, or refer to the location of, the following items:

(a) Device specifications including appropriate drawings, composition, formulation, component specifications, and software specifications
(b) Production process specifications including the appropriate equipment specifications, production methods, production procedures, and production environment specifications
(c) Quality assurance procedures and specifications including acceptance criteria and the quality assurance equipment to be used
(d) Packaging and labeling specifications, including methods and processes used
(e) Installation, maintenance, and servicing procedures and methods

Source: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=820.181

What is a Device Master Record

FAQs

What is the difference between design history file and device master record?

The design history file is a collection of records that describes the design history of a finished product, whereas the device master record is a collection of drawings, instructions, and other records that are needed to build a finished product.

According to FDA Title 21 CFR Part 820.181, what must the device master record include?

The device master record must include:

  • Device specifications (i.e., drawings, composition formulation, component specifications, and software specifications)
  • Production process specifications (i.e., equipment specifications, production methods, production procedures, and production environment specifications)
  • Quality assurance procedures and specifications (i.e., acceptance criteria and quality assurance equipment to be used)
  • Packaging and labeling specifications
  • Installation, maintenance, and servicing procedures and methods
What types of records are part of the device master record?

All records that are required to build a finished product from start to finish goes into the device master record. This includes:

  • Bill of materials (BOM)
  • Device specifications
  • Packaging and labeling specifications
  • Quality assurance procedures and specifications
  • Production process specifications
  • Installation, maintenance, and servicing procedures

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