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March 22, 2021updated 12 Apr 2021 10:09am

Adequacy of safety standards for medical devices in the UK unknown until new post-Brexit regulations come into effect: Poll

The UK parliament enacted The Medicines and Medical Devices Act post Brexit for patient safety concerning the use of medical devices and drugs.

The UK parliament enacted The Medicines and Medical Devices Act post Brexit for patient safety concerning the use of medical devices and drugs.

Verdict has conducted a poll to analyse whether medical devices in the UK will continue to have a high degree of safety until all new post-Brexit regulations come into effect by 2023.

Medical devices in the UK will lack adequate safety standards until new post-Brexit regulations come into effect

Analysis of the poll results shows that a majority 41% of the respondents do not know whether the existing safety standards are adequate for medical devices in the UK until all new post-Brexit regulations come into effect by 2023.

Further 36% of the respondents believe the existing UK standards of safety are sufficient, while 23% believe that they are inadequate.

The analysis is based on 213 responses received from the readers of Medical Device Network, a Verdict network site, between 07 December 2020 and 09 March 2021.

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Implications of Brexit on the medical devices industry in the UK

Brexit has elevated the need to empower the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for better regulation of medical devices in the UK, as the country withdrew from the European Medicines Agency, and other drug and medical device regulatory authorities.

The UK plans to appoint a Patient Safety Commissioner (PSC) to administer healthcare in the nation, implement the regulations, and promote patient safety related to medical devices. The PSC will remain neutral and place patient safety among its top priorities. It will be funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and appointed by the Secretary of State.

The National Health Service will also establish a Healthcare Safety Investigations Branch to investigate patient safety incidents.

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