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FDA and FCC Join Forces on Wireless Medical Devices Regulation

The FCC and FDA will team up to create an efficient regulatory process for wireless-enabled medical devices and services after the two federal agencies signed a memorandum of understanding.

According to the MOU, the FDA will be responsible for the safety of the device itself, while the FCC will oversee efficient use of airwaves needed by the devices.

A component of the National Broadband Plan, wireless medical devices will improve health services and lower costs. However, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg points out that the transition to these wireless devices should balance innovation with safety.

“Working alongside the FCC, we can improve the efficiency of regulatory processes in areas where our jurisdictions overlap,” Hamburg said.

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