Medical devices help doctors and health professionals to diagnose, prevent, treat and monitor medical conditions. They include things like surgical equipment, syringes, gloves, pacemakers, baby incubators and implants. Find out what we’re doing to make sure these products are safe to use.
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Medical devices in Australia
Doctors and health professionals use medical devices to:
- provide medical and health services
- diagnose, prevent, monitor or treat medical conditions
- replace or enhance parts of the body
These products play a big role in health care so it’s important they’re safe to use and work properly.
Patients may also directly purchase or borrow many medical devices.
What we’re doing about medical devices
We regulate medical devices through the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
- assess medical devices for their safety and quality
- make sure they do what they say they will do
- publish information about approved products in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods
- monitor medical devices after they have been approved to make sure they continue to meet quality and safety standards, and are doing what they said they would do
- take action if there is an issue with a medical device – such as recall a medical device, or suspend it or remove it from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods
We also subsidise the cost of some devices (and related services) through: