Plan accelerates action to improve the safety, effectiveness and quality of medical devices
OTTAWA, Dec. 20, 2018/CNW/ - Canadians rely on medical devices, such as pacemakers and insulin pumps, to maintain and improve their health and well-being. Canada has one of the best regulatory systems in the world for medical devices, with
Following the recent announcement by the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, on medical devices, Health Canada has developed an Action Plan to accelerate its efforts to strengthen the regulation of medical devices in Canada.
This plan lays out a three-part strategy to deliver better health outcomes for Canadians who rely on medical devices for their health and well-being. The plan proposes actions to further improve how medical devices get on the market; strengthen monitoring and follow-up for devices already in use; and provide Canadians with more information about the medical devices they rely on. Under the plan, Health Canada will move quickly on a number of existing initiatives, including:
The plan also introduces new measures, including:
The Government of Canada's priority is the health and safety of Canadians. Collaboration with provinces and territories as well as other health care partners will be fundamental to delivering results. Health Canada will strengthen and expand existing outreach and information activities, as appropriate, to reinforce these important partnerships. The Department will continue to ensure that medical devices in Canada meet the highest standards for safety, effectiveness and quality, and help Canadians make informed choices about their health and well-being.
"Medical devices are vital to the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of Canadians—many of whom could not survive without them. Through this plan, Health Canada will take immediate action to ensure the medical devices Canadians use continue to meet the highest possible standards for safety, effectiveness and quality."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
Health Canada Action Plan on Medical Devices
Statement from the Minister of Health on the Regulation of Medical Devices in Canada
SOURCE Health Canada
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