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News Release from Thompsons Solicitors Scotland - For immediate release

Patrick McGuire, PartnerThe European Commission has announced proposals for new rules around the use of medical devices and in vitro medical devices including PiP breast implants and metal on metal hip replacements.

The new rules are intended to improve patient safety and increase regulations around the use of such devices making the system more fit for purpose and transparent. Under the proposals European legislation will be widened to include the use of medical devices for aesthetic purposes and will give more powers to assessment bodies to allow for more rigorous testing of products.

The move follows the recent PiP breast implant scandal which saw thousands of women harmed after implant companies used industrial silicon for breast implants rather than medical silicon.

Thompsons Solicitors is the leading firm representing woman affected. Commenting on the European developments Partner Patrick McGuire said: “This is exactly what we have been arguing for. Lack of regulation and control is what lead to the public health disaster in the first place. Now is time for action not talk and we need to look to the Scottish Government to take heed and ensure that people in this country are afforded the same protection”.

It is expected that the proposals will be adopted in 2014 and phased in from 2015.

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