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Prof. Hall to Testify on Medical-Device Safety Before Energy & Commerce Subcommittee

FEBRUARY 15, 2011—University of Minnesota Law School Professor Ralph F. Hall will testify before the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommitte on Health on Feb. 17, 2011. The hearing has been called to examine the state of the medical-device industry and the impact of regulation of these devices on job creation and patient access.

Hall will discuss his research into the safety profile of medical devices by approval pathway. He has studied the effectiveness of the FDA 510(k) clearance process in ensuring safety among products made available to the public and presented his findings to the Institute of Medicine.

During the week of February 14, 2011, hearings to explore recent federal regulations and how they affect job creation, innovation, and access to health care are also being held by the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy; Subcommittee on Communications and Technology; Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee; and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.

The House Energy & Commerce Committee has the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee. Among the departments and agencies it oversees are the Department of Energy, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Transportation, the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission.

In a related matter, Hall spoke on Minnesota Public Radio today about a new study which found that a majority of medical devices recalled were not tested in humans.


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