Create a Simple Notification Application

March, 2019

Table of Contents


  1. Create a Simple Notification
  2. Navigation
  3. Section 1 - Requestor Information
  4. Section 2 - Manufacturer Information
  5. Section 3 - Product Information
  6. Section 4 - List country(ies) for which the Export Permit List is requested
  7. Section 5 - Attachments
  8. Review Screen


Create a Simple Notification


Log into the FDA Industry Systems and select 'CDRH Export Certification Application & Tracking System' from the list of systems available on the FURLS Home Page as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: FDA Industry Systems Page
FIS Home page


The system displays CECATS Main Menu page as shown in Figure 2 below:

Figure 2: CECATS Main Menu

Figure 2: CECATS Main Menu

To create a new application, click Enter New Application.  All applications that you have saved or submitted will be displayed as shown in Figure 3 below. Applications that are saved, but not submitted will be in 'Draft'  status until you submit them.

  • To create a new application, click "Enter New Application" from the main Menu Page and then Click on "Enter New Application" button.
  • To continue working on a draft application, click on Pencil icon  (Edit icon) associated to the desired application.
  • To clone a previous application, click on the double book icon  (Clone icon) associated to the desired application.
  • Verify the information on each page is still correct and continue through all screens.

To search using the application number, click Search Application. This option may be used to continue working on a draft application, to clone a previous application, or to make corrections to an application that is in 'Return for Action' status.


Figure 3: Submitted and Draft Application View

The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) issues several types of Export documents. When creating a new application, select which application type to be requested as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4: Application Type

Select Simple Notification from the dropdown list.

Description of a Simple Notification:

For a description of each application type, select the red question mark icon located next to the application type list shown in Figure 4 above.

Simple Notification

While the FDA does not require a firm to obtain written permission prior to export under section 802, firms exporting a device under section 802 must provide written notification to the FDA.
The notification must identify:

    • The product's trade name;
    • The type of device;
    • The product's model number; and
    • The country that is to receive the exported product if the export is to a "not listed" country (non-Tier 1 country).

If the export is intended for a "listed" Tier 1 country, then the notification may, but is not required to, identify the importing country. Or it may state that export is to a Tier 1 country without identifying the listed country.




 A status bar at the top of every page will track your progress through each step of the application process as shown in Figure 6 below.

Figure 5: Navigation Bar

A "Get Help" icon, located at the top right of each page, will provide page specific help. For an overview of all help files available, please refer to the FDA Industry Systems Index of Help Pages at Also located in the top right corner of each page is a "FURLS HOME" link that will take you to the FURLS Home Page. The "CECATS HOME" link will take you to the CECATS Home Page (Refer to Figure 1). To log out of the system, select "FURLS HOME" and click on logout.

At the top and bottom of each screen are navigation buttons as shown in Figure 6 below.

Figure 6: Navigation Buttons

    • Previous -Navigates back one screen or back one step. Information entered on the current screen will NOT be saved if you select the "Previous" button.
    • Save & Exit– Information entered up to this point will be saved. Your application will be set to a 'Draft' status until you complete and submit the application. If you do not perform any activity for 30 days, the system will automatically cancel and delete the application. When you log into the CECATS system, all applications in a 'Draft' status will be displayed after selecting the "Enter New Application" option from the main menu.
    • Save & Continue– Information entered up to this point will be saved in 'Draft' status. The system will generate the application number when you click on the "Save and Continue" button the first time and this number shall be visible on the top of the screen until the application is submitted. Please keep the Application number for your records and for any communications with FDA regarding this application. Your application will be set to a 'Draft' status until you complete and submit the application. If you do not perform any activity for 30 days, the system will automatically change the status to 'Not Submitted' and may delete the application.
    • Next - All information is saved on the current screen and navigates to the beginning of the next step. However, exiting CECATS without using the "Save & Exit" button will cause the loss of the entire request.

NOTE: All Fields except marked as "Optional" in parenthesis are mandatory fields. You will NOT be able to proceed to the next step or Save & Exit until all mandatory fields have been properly entered on the current screen.


Section 1 - Requestor Information


The system auto-populates specific information from your Online Account Administration (OAA) into section 1 (Requestor Information) of the application. These fields cannot be edited in CECATS.

If the information is incorrect, click the 'FURLS Home' link as shown in Figure 6. Then click "Edit Account Profile" on the left-hand side and update your account profile accordingly.

NOTE: The Title field is required in section 1.


Once you have completed these fields, click on "Next". See Figure 7 below.

Figure 7: Section 1 - Requestor Information


Address Validation

The requestor's address will be displayed and validated. If the address is incorrect, you will need to exit the application and make the necessary updates to your Online Account Administration. Otherwise, select the "Accept validated address and continue" radio button and click on "Next" to proceed to Step 2. See Figure 8 below.

Figure 8: Address Validation


Section 2 - Manufacturer Information


The manufacturing company is the company that manufactures one or more of the products. The FDA requires that all facilities manufacturing medical devices must be registered in the FDA Device Registration and Listing Module (DRLM). Once a manufacturer is registered in DRLM, the FDA provides an Owner Operator Number to the corporate headquarters and an establishment registration number to the manufacturing facility.. If you have not registered your manufacturer in DRLM, return to the FURLS home page and register your manufacturer in DRLM.

Enter the Owner Operator Number (OON) and click on "Retrieve Registration" button as shown in Figure 9 below.

Figure 9: Registration Number or OON for Manufacturer


As long as the OON is active, the system will display all facilities associated with the OON. Select one or more facilities (if applicable) from the list of manufacturers that are in active status as shown in Figure 10 a below

Figure 10 a – Add Manufacturer


NOTE: For a Simple Notification, you can add up to a maximum of three manufacturers. Only U.S manufacturers can be selected.

Figure 10 b – Updated/Added Manufacturer Information

Once you have selected one (or more) 'Active' manufacturer, click on the "Next" button to proceed.


Section 3 - Product Information


In section 3, you will be able to provide information on your product(s).
There are 2 ways to enter the product information as shown in Figure 11 below.

  • Manually Enter Products
  • Upload Products.

Figure 11: Product Information


To Manually Enter Products

Type the Product Name information in the space provided. You also have the option to enter the Description of Device / Product Model Numbers. See Figure 12 below.


Figure 12: Manual Entry of Product Information


You can include multiple model names or numbers by clicking on the "Add Additional Description of Device / Product Model Number" button.

NOTE: The Product Name is repeated with each additional description of device/product model number entered.

Once you have completed entering the information on the first Product Name, click on 'Add' at the bottom of the page.

The system displays the entered Product Name Information as shown in Figure 13 below.

Figure 13: Product Information Added


You also have the option to add an additional Product to the notification. Click on "Add Product" at the bottom of the page to enter another Product.

You can restart Section 3 by clicking on the "Restart Step 3" button. You will receive a warning message to confirm the restart.

Edit or Remove a Product

To edit or remove a product, click on the icon located in the Action Column as shown in Figure 13 above.

Once you have entered all Product information, click on "Next".

NOTE: You must enter at least one Product Name in order to continue to the next step.

Upload Products

Click on the 'product worksheet' hyperlink as shown in Figure 29 to download a template which is in a format that must be used to upload your products.


Figure 14: Upload Products


Additional directions / rules have been provided in the product template excel file. Please adhere to the following rules or the system will not accept the upload.

  1. Rows 1 and 2 must not be deleted.
  2. Please do not separate products with any blank rows.
  3. Please do not exceed the maximum character limit of 500 per cell.
  4. The system allows for special characters such as '&' and '/'.

If these rules are NOT followed, the upload function will fail and NO products will be uploaded to the application.

When the product list is ready and saved to your computer, click on the 'Browse…' button and navigate to the location of your file. Click on the 'Upload' button. The system will display all product information ready for grouping.

You can restart Section 3 by clicking on the "Restart Step 3" button. You will receive a warning message to confirm the restart.

If successful, the system will display the product information as shown in Figure 15 below.

Figure 15: Uploaded Products


Section 4 – List Country (ies) for which the Certificates are requested


Please select one of the radio buttons as shown in Figure 16 below.

Figure 16: Country Selection


If you selected 'Select an individual country or countries' the system displays a table of all countries as shown in Figure 17 below.

NOTE: Another method to select a country (other than scrolling down the list) is to first click on a country from the country list and then type in the first few letters of the desired country name. The system will jump to the country that begins with the letters typed. You also have the option to hold down the 'CTRL' button and select multiple countries.

Figure 17: List of Countries


Once you have selected the country or countries, click on 'Next' to proceed.


Section 5 - Disclaimer Statements


The Exporter's Disclaimer Statement acknowledges that you, the responsible official or designee, certify that the facility(s) and the device product(s) identified meet the criteria of Section 802.

You must select the 'I Agree' button located at the bottom of this section and enter your name and title. You will not be able to continue with the application until these fields have been completed. See Figure 18 below

Figure 18: Disclaimer Statements


Once this section is completed, click on 'Next' button to proceed to the Final Review Page.


Final Review Screen


The system will display the entire application broken out by section as shown in Figure 19 below. To modify a section, select the 'Edit' button next to the section to be updated. The system will re-display the data entry screen corresponding to the chosen section. Make changes as needed. When you are ready to submit the application, click on 'Submit' located at the bottom of the Final Review Page.

Figure 19: Final Review Page


You may choose to print your application prior to submission by selecting the "Print Application" button located at the bottom of the review page. However, the printed document will not have the application number assigned. The application number will be included if you click on "Submit" first and then click "View Complete Application" and "Print Application."

When finished, close the browser window in order to return to the CECATS application.

The system will display a message that the application was successfully submitted as shown in Figure 20 below. The system will provide the application number. Please save this number for future reference. The application number will be required to check the status of the application.

An email confirmation will be sent stating that the application has been successfully received along with the application number.


Figure 20: Submission Success Page