Korean Government Seeking Fast-Track Approval for 3D Printed Medical Devices

According to the Korea Herald, Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety is examining the possibility of allowing the limited use of 3D printed medical devices in one-time emergency situations. This would allow doctors to print devices for patients who have exhausted other possibilities for treatments and cures.

Korean lawmakers are looking to formally adjust the law regarding 3D printed medical devices in November 2016, but officials hope this short-term, fast-track approval will save lives until permanent legislation is passed. Korean officials have stated that artificial joints and dental implants would be potential devices eligible for fast-track approval.