Recalls for medical devices declined in FY-2021, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, though details surrounding the decline are not as clear cut as the final data may suggest.

Medical device product recalls were down 14.3% in the federal government’s fiscal year 2021, according to a recent Medical Design & Outsourcing analysis of recall data.

The drop was the biggest since the FDA began publicly reporting the data in 2013, and came as the regulating agency put more emphasis on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

We reached out to the agency for more information and connected with FDA press officer Jim McKinney, who said in an email that the FDA could not speculate on the significant reduction in device recalls and recall events, but that the numbers should not be viewed as an indicator of general safety.

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