NHS can help foster safe and innovative medical devices, says report

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 20 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4007
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Two UK academies have called for an overhaul of the way medical devices are assessed for safety and performance in Europe, adding that meaningful trials could be done in the NHS.

The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Medical Sciences held a round table meeting in January to establish the evidence for assessing medical devices. Included were clinicians, engineers from healthcare, and representatives of the industry, academia, funding agencies, and regulators.

The resulting report is part of the academies’ response to the European Commission’s current revision of the European Union’s regulatory framework for medical devices.1 The legislation governing regulation of devices …

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