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Letters Independent safety review

The IDEAL framework for ensuring safety and effectiveness of medical devices

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 13 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3183
  1. Peter McCulloch, professor of surgical sciences and chair of the IDEAL Collaboration
  1. Nuffield Department of Surgical Science, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
  1. peter.mcculloch{at}

The report of the Cumberlege review documents the suffering caused by three treatments that ended up injuring many.12 The review’s recommendations include the establishment of a better voice for the patient, improved informed consent procedures, and remedies for those who have experienced harm. The most important of its objectives is to ensure that the story is not repeated. In the case …

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