Modern medicine and healthcare rely heavily on engineering to deliver improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness. These technologies are vital to the delivery of efficient health services.

The Panel for Biomedical Engineering is the Academy's advisory forum for this important area of engineering.

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Regulation of medical devices, software and systems

In 2012, a roundtable forum was held jointly with the Academy of Medical Sciences to explore alternative pathways to establishing the safety and efficacy of medical devices and systems. There are many innovatively-engineered devices and systems now under development that have the potential to provide effective and cost-effective solutions – but their application in patient care faces a number of regulatory challenges.

Establishing high-level evidence for the safety and efficiacy of medical devices and systems report (902.84 KB)

In 2014, a meeting was held jointly with the Academy of Medical Sciences on Health apps: regulation and quality control. The recent and ongoing expansion of health apps constitutes an emerging grey area for regulation. There are unresolved issues for regulators, app developers and users. This meeting brought together software developers, distributors, accreditors, academics, clinicians and policy representatives with regulators to foster cross-disciplinary solutions. After identifying some of the key challenges emerging from the current UK regulatory system the meeting proposed potential solutions to create a clearer and better connected process to regulate health apps.

Health apps: regulation and quality control report

Young researchers' futures meeting

The Panel for Biomedical Engineering holds a Young Researchers’ Futures Meeting every two years. They are themed on specific topics within an area of biomedical engineering and are held to encourage close feedback and collaboration for doctorate or post-doctorate researchers from their peers and experts in their field of research.

Previous meeting themes include neural engineering, medical robotics, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal mechanics, regenerative medicine and orthopaedic applications.

The next meeting will be on medical imaging and interventions in cancer and will take place on the 7-9 September 2016 at Imperial College London. The meeting is supported by University College London, The Insitute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.  

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