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Regulating medical devices

Some of the materials used in 3D printing are already known to be safe for medical use, whereas some will be new and will require testing for safety.
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Safe and effective treatment: Regulations


In the Australian context, the Therapeutic Goods Administration regulates what can and can’t be done in terms of medical goods and devices. The TGA also stipulates the approved materials that can be 3D-printed for medical purposes.
3D printed Medical devices are classified into classes depending on the potential harm they may cause to a patient:
You can read more about these classifications on the TGA website.

Proposed changes

At the end of 2017 the TGA proposed regulatory changes relating to personalised and 3D printed medical devices. The government issued document has been attached at the bottom of this step if you’re interested in reading more.

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