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More experts give evidence on device regulation to UK Select Committee

More expert witnesses gave evidence to the UK Health Select Committee on 13th June as part of an inquiry into device regulation in the UK and Europe.

The Science and Technology Committee held the second evidence session of its inquiry into ‘Regulation of medical implants’.  At this meeting, the Committee was seeking to understand the perspective of:

  • the implant manufacturers and the leading UK notified body which certifies medical implants (British Standards Institute)
  • the European Commission, who are currently working on a revision of the Medical Devices Directive
  • the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Department of Health.


The first witnesses to present their perspective were:

  • John Howlett, Head of Notified Body, British Standards Institute (Healthcare) (BSi)
  • Peter Ellingworth, Chief Executive, Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI)
  • Mike Kreuzer, Technical and Regulatory Executive Director, Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI)

The next witness to give evidence was:

  • Jacqueline Minor, Director of Consumer Affairs, Directorate-General for Health & Consumers, European Commission

Finally, evidence was heard from the perspective of the following witnesses:

  • Sir Kent Woods, Chief Executive, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • Lord Howe (Earl), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Health

To watch the video recording of the meeting, click on link : Parliament TV: Meeting 13/06/12 Regulation of medical implants (please note it will take a minute before you hear any sound)

To read the written transcript of the meeting, click on link: Uncorrected Transcript Oral Evidence given at Meeting held on 13th June 2012

For further information on UK parliamentary select committees

Readers: What do you think about device regulation in the UK?  Do you think the MHRA are doing their job? Please leave a comment.



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