Letters Regulation of medical devices

Initiative in anaesthesia

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3849 (Published 28 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3849
  1. Jaideep J Pandit, consultant anaesthetist and senior lecturer1
  1. 1Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
  1. jaideep.pandit{at}dpag.ox.ac.uk

Wilmshurst’s article implies that the problems created by the EU Medical Devices Directive necessitate legal sanctions because “clinicians cannot be trusted to police themselves.”1 But sanctions take time to enact.

In anaesthesia we have long faced problems with clinically untested airway management devices introduced to market.2 3 4 …

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