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Introducing Everyday Cyborgs 2.0

As technology increasingly blurs the boundaries between the biological and the synthetic, law struggles to keep up Increasing numbers of people worldwide rely on medical devices to help them to function. These devices range from the relatively simple, like hip replacements and aesthetic prostheses, to the complex, such as insulin pumps, pacemakers, and the total … Continue reading “Introducing Everyday Cyborgs 2.0”

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Do-It-Yourself Diabetes Technology and the Law

This piece was originally posted as a Birmingham Law School Research Blog Post This post summarises a paper we published a few months ago in Diabetic Medicine: ‘#WeAreNotWaiting DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems and the Challenges for the Law’* Authors: Rachael Dickson, Jessica Bell, Amber Dar, Laura Downey, Victoria Moore, Muireann Quigley Post written by: Rachael Dickson OS AID … Continue reading “Do-It-Yourself Diabetes Technology and the Law”

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Visions of the Everyday Cyborg Workshop

Earlier in September, the Everyday Cyborgs 2.0 project hosted a two-day workshop at the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston Park Hotel. The workshop brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars including lawyers, clinicians, sociologists, cybersecurity researchers, and regulatory experts to discuss the regulation of medical devices. Short summaries of the papers are presented in the workshop … Continue reading “Visions of the Everyday Cyborg Workshop”

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Encountering Everyday Cyborgs: Reflections On Field Work So Far

In this post our socio-legal researcher, Rachael Dickson, reflects on the interviews she has been conducting with persons living with attached and implanted medical devices. The data collection phase of the Everyday Cyborgs 2.0 project commenced in earnest in November 2021. Nearly a year on, it seems like a good time to reflect on these … Continue reading “Encountering Everyday Cyborgs: Reflections On Field Work So Far”

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Manchester Centre for Political Theory Workshop: Embodiment in Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Law

Earlier in September, the Everyday Cyborgs 2.0 project hosted a panel as part of the Mancept Workshops  at the University of Manchester. The panel, organised by project researcher Joseph Roberts, brought together philosophers and bioethicists to discuss how we might take better account of embodiment in ethical theorising, political philosophy, public policy, and law. The … Continue reading “Manchester Centre for Political Theory Workshop: Embodiment in Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Law”

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AI/ML-enabled Medical Devices: Regulatory Discussion in the UK and the US

This post discusses the current regulation of AI/ML enabled medical devices in the UK and compares potential policy changes with the US. The emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems in medical devices has been linked to improved healthcare – for example, by providing earlier and more accurate diagnoses to patients, automating … Continue reading “AI/ML-enabled Medical Devices: Regulatory Discussion in the UK and the US”

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Expanding the Medical Devices Archive: A Guide to a New Collection of EC and EU Documents

This post introduces a new collection of EC and EU papers concerning the regulation of medical devices. In the course of searching for sources which might illuminate the history of medical device regulation in Europe, I visited the website for the Historical Archives of the European Union. However, I could only access a very small … Continue reading “Expanding the Medical Devices Archive: A Guide to a New Collection of EC and EU Documents”

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The Changing Face of Medical Devices Regulation? A Consultation & Expected New Regulations

This piece was originally posted as a Birmingham Law School Research Blog Post This post reflects on the potential reforms indicated by the recent MHRA consultation on the future of medical devices regulation In September 2021 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) launched a consultation seeking views on potential amendments to medical devices … Continue reading “The Changing Face of Medical Devices Regulation? A Consultation & Expected New Regulations”

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What’s in a History of Medical Devices? – A Timeline for the UK and Ireland

In this post we share a brand new resource of interest to those in, or researching, the field of medical device development. In the timeline accessible below, readers will find a list of arguably significant historical moments in the creation of the medical device industry as we recognise it today. Some of the motivations behind … Continue reading “What’s in a History of Medical Devices? – A Timeline for the UK and Ireland”

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The Commissioner for Patient Safety: A Missed Opportunity?

In this blogpost Dr Victoria Moore explores the role of the Patient Safety Commissioner, arguing that it may not be sufficient to ensure patient safety I am nearly a couple of months late for New Year predictions, but nevertheless, here is mine for 2022. I predict that the new Patient Safety Commissioner (PSC) role – … Continue reading “The Commissioner for Patient Safety: A Missed Opportunity?”

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Filling up the timeline: have I missed anything?

This post offers a short update on the historical work our project is pursuing; particularly concerning a timeline resource which some of you may be kind enough to help with. Briefly though I would like to flag that our project is still recruiting those living with attached or implanted devices and prosthetics, to participate in … Continue reading “Filling up the timeline: have I missed anything?”

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