North West MEP backs tougher breast implant rules
Last updated at 14:08, Thursday, 03 October 2013
CALLS for stricter EU regulation of breast implants are being backed by a local politician, following the PIP scandal.
Chris Davies, MEP for North West England, is supporting plans to allow regulators to conduct spot checks at clinics across Europe.
French company PIP is accused of using industrial silicone instead of a more expensive medical grade in thousands of implants, including 7,000 in the UK.
Mr Davies said: "This is a sensible and proportional way forward for ensuring the safety of medical implants.
“National authorities will still be able to do their own safety checks but as products are sold all over the EU there needs to be an assurance that every certificate is accurate and every breast implant is fit for purpose.
“The EU shouldn’t just be providing support to women who discover they have had industrial chemicals put inside their bodies, it should be making sure products are safe in the first place."
MEPs will vote on regulations that would allow European regulators to randomly check sites to ensure that product safety rules are being complied with.
First published at 11:33, Thursday, 03 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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MEP for our little part of the world, Barrow and Furness? No, one of 8 representing the whole of the North West.
Any regulation though should be very strong. The NHS should not have to pickup the bill for correcting surgical blunders when such surgery was chosen, not medically necessary and paid for by the patient in the first place.