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RCS response to the Science and Technology Committee’s report

01 November 2012

In response to the publication of the Science and Technology Committee’s report on the regulation of medical implants in the EU and UK, Professor Norman Williams, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, said:

“The College strongly supports the Science and Technology Committee’s recommendation that an increase of transparency and accountability across the entire regulatory framework for medical implants is urgently needed.  We also welcome the committee’s call for rigorous clinical data to be published by manufacturers and regulators. This will provide the health service and patients with the evidence to make decisions about which implants to use and will be a vital step forward in ensuring patients’ lives are not ruined by substandard implants in the future.

We also support the committee’s call to the MHRA to improve transparency of their committee on the safety of devices and harness the expertise of clinicians. A close working relationship between the industry, clinicians and the regulatory authority is in the best interest of patients.

Medical implants and devices have largely brought benefits to patients. We urge Government to ensure that in creating robust regulation – which is needed – this doesn’t translate into prolonged processes which stifle innovation, cause unnecessary delay and deny the public access to improved devices.”

Notes to Editor:

1.    The Royal College of Surgeons of England is committed to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care. Registered charity number: 212808


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