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UK health secretary promises to tighten regulatory procedures for medical devices

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 24 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7192
  1. Deborah Cohen
  1. 1BMJ

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has pledged to stop a “worrying and completely unacceptable weakness in the regulatory system” that would potentially allow a hip prosthesis with dangerous design flaws on to the market.

Jeremy Hunt’s comments come in the wake of a joint undercover investigation by the BMJ and the Daily Telegraph that involved submitting a fake application for a metal-on-metal hip implant for approval in Europe.

A notified body in Slovakia provisionally allowed a fake hip with dangerous …

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