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EU postpones threatened restriction to use of MRI

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:844
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The introduction of health and safety legislation in the European Union that would have inadvertently restricted the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patient care and scientific research (BMJ 2007;334:552 doi: 10.1136/bmj.39153.368021.DB) is to be postponed for four years.

    The European Commission will formally propose within the next few days to delay implementation of the EU Physical Agents (Electromagnetic Fields) Directive 2004 from its proposed starting date of April 2008 until 2012.

    It is highly unusual for the commission to rule that legislation should not be applied after it has …

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