MedTech POV Blog

The Fallacy of Right to Repair for Medical Devices

State legislatures nationwide are considering giving unregulated, third-party servicers unlimited access to service manuals and proprietary information to repair complex medical technology. While this may seem like a good way to save money on repairing technical, costly machines, these Right to Repair laws would jeopardize patient safety.

The laws would give free rein for untrained, unauthorized third-party servicers to skirt strict FDA patient safety regulations, at patients’ peril. According to a landmark FDA report, patients have a higher likelihood of experiencing serious injury and even death via medical technology that has been inadequately serviced by untrained, unauthorized third-party servicers.

On patient safety, there is no substitution for the extensive training, knowledge, and expertise authorized servicers must have to maintain and repair complex medical technology. By also complying with strict FDA regulations, these technicians ensure device soundness and precision. For many patients, this is a life-or-death matter. A heart defibrillator or MRI machine must function at the highest level to save lives.

Our mission is simple:

Ensure patients and health care providers have access to safe, effective medical technology that has been serviced and repaired only by highly skilled, trained, and authorized technicians. Join us in urging your state legislator to oppose any Right to Repair legislation.

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The “Right to Repair” is Wrong for Patients

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The Fallacy of Right to Repair for Medical Devices

Contact Your Legislator

Ensure patients and health care providers have access to safe, effective medical technology by urging your state legislator to oppose any Right to Repair legislation.