Medical device registries still in limbo

Australia’s health watchdog remains vague on plans to develop medical device registries, one year after the Senate called for urgent action to stem the tide of faulty products.

In a presentation to device manufacturers last Thursday, Therapeutic Goods Administration national manager Dr John Skerritt said the Federal Government was still “exploring” the prospect of registries.

There had been no decisions on how such registries would work, for example whether they would distinguish problematic devices from issues of surgical