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Government response to the Science and Technology Select Committee report on the regulation of medical implants

Devices regulatory news

18 December 2012

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee published their report on the regulation of medical implants in the UK and EU following a six-month inquiry on 1 November 2012.

Today the Government has published its response to the Committee's recommendations.

A Department of Health spokesperson said:

"We agree that there should be tighter controls on notified bodies, better post-market surveillance of medical devices and more collaboration between national regulators. The MHRA is currently consulting on the European Commission’s proposals to improve regulation in Europe and it’s important that doctors, nurses and members of the public have their say in improving medical device regulation.

"The MHRA was the first regulatory agency in the world to issue advice on monitoring and patient management for patients implanted with metal-on-metal hips in April 2010. The analysis of data from the National Joint Registry for England and Wales was key to the worldwide action to recall a particular metal-on-metal hip system in August 2010."

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