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e-1422 (Medical devices)

Initiated by Noreen Wideman from Montney, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Inadequate regulation for synthetic surgical mesh products has exposed thousands of Canadians to unnecessary harms;
  • All implantable medical device materials and devices can be more readily tracked, patterns of use monitored, and patients later judged to be at risk more easily identified;
  • International Standars Organization (ISO) agreements between countries allows substantially similar products to be cleared for sale instead of approved for sale, which means that biocompatibility testing may not be required for 510k cleared implant products to be licensed;
  • Implant mesh materials substantially the same as previously cleared mesh materials in the USA are considered to have met biocompatibility requirements, even though the approved predicate mesh may have been recalled; and
  • No mechanism is in place to recall 510k cleared products.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Restrict the use of urogynecological surgical mesh materials to use within clinical studies with a duration follow up of no less than 5 years;
2. Temporarily suspend the licensing use of polypropylene surgical meshes as used in vaginal mesh implants until an oversight committee assures benefit over risk ratios are assessed for patient quality of life, versus durability of quick mesh fixes;
3. Implement a mandatory registry system for all implant materials and devices;
4. Close the ISO loophole in the approval process for fast tracked class 2 and 3 permanent implant devices and materials;
5. Establish a patient registry for all implantable devices to enable long term patient follow-up notification, and surveillance.
Government response tabled on June 11, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-210-01)
Open for signature
December 21, 2017, at 2:28 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 20, 2018, at 2:28 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Martin Shields (Bow River)
April 26, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02274)
Government response tabled
June 11, 2018
Photo - Martin Shields
Bow River
Conservative Caucus