Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House last week would streamline the FDA review process for medical device accessories. Medical accessories – everything from plastic trays to ultrasound probes – are classified and reviewed by the FDA along with their parent devices. Manufacturers say the process is burdensome and costly, and can delay approval of otherwise safe medical technology. Introduced by Reps. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.) and Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), the bill would classify accessories independently from their parent devices. The lawmakers said some accessories already approved shouldn’t require additional reviews when they are combined with other devices. Last year’s medical innovation law, the 21st Century Cures Act, directed the FDA to classify accessories independent of parent devices. The Walters-Kuster legislation would give the agency additional clarity and authority to decouple accessories from devices. The device industry trade association AdvaMed endorsed the bill.