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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Faulty medical implants investigation: Regulators’ trail of deception has been exposed, says chairman
Andrew Miller, the chairman of a parliamentary select committee investigating
the sub-standard regulation of medical devices in Britain, has said that a
“trail of deception” has been exposed in the system.
Mr Miller, the chairman of the science and technology committee, said that
features of the system were “wrong” and that patients were “clearly entitled” to
a process which guaranteed the safety of products being “inserted into their
The committee is preparing to publish a report into the regulation of medical
devices in the coming days which is expected to call for a sweeping overhaul of
Mr Miller said that the investigation had exposed behaviour that is “not
within the current spirit of the regulation and my judgment of that is it is not
within the legal interpretation of the regulation”.
He said that the companies which regulated the approval of medical devices
should be focusing on protecting the patient.