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Medical Device Developments March 2007

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Identification Improves Device Use Medical devices need to be identified and classified to prevent the threat of counterfeiting and patient safety hazards. The US FDA’s Jay Crowley discusses the measures the regulator is taking... > read more
The Race for ROHS Compliance The EU’s hazardous substances directive, RoHS, is already causing confusion among medical device manufacturers. The industry’s unique requirements have led to a complex system of exemptions....

Division of Labour The recently resurrected Medical Device Packaging Committee faces a number of challenges in a changing regulatory climate. Its various task groups are taking the initiative and tackling them one...

Chinese Puzzle: China's Healthcare Challenge China wishes to provide universal basic healthcare to its citizens by 2010, and the medical technology industry can help. But there are a number of regulatory and legislative obstacles to...

When the Auditor Comes Knocking Medical device OEMs and contract manufacturers face continual quality and safety checks for all of their products. The MedTech Group’s Mary Gilman outlines some of the critical aspects to...

Exaggerated Hazards The NCEA’s draft proposal to increase the cancer risk assessment for EtO is the result of a flawed process. It will also have serious repercussions for the medical device community....

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Battery Power on the Move
Portable devices without the right type of battery could have serious health consequences, in the event of failure. Huw Kidwell asks Dr Robin Tichy about the suitability of lithium ion...

Collaboration is the Key
An essential factor for the design of a medical device is practicality, whilst giving it user appeal. To achieve this, designers and manufacturers must focus on communication and cooperation...

Hard Grafts
Ruth Sharples reports on some new product developments on the European market for bone...

Inner Space
Nanotechnology is expected to have a massive impact on the way diseases are detected and patients are treated. Huw Kidwell asks three experts in the field to assess its...

Regulations Rewritten
Investment in medical device development in the US is growing rapidly, but medtech companies face regulatory pressures. These may ultimately hamper their efforts to bring products to market,...

Sexual Discrimination: Focus on Female Healthcare
Sex-specific medical research is a relatively new phenomenon and data is lacking on many aspects of women's health. But manufacturers are now focusing more on female-centric healthcare,...