Medical device regulations in southern Africa will boost innovation and improve patient health

Medical devices

Sub-Saharan Africa faces extreme challenges in public health, many of which can be addressed through innovative technologies such as fast and cheap diagnostic tests. Innovation in the sector is hindered, however, by poor or non-existent regulations around the testing and use of medical technology. South Africa has recently enacted laws to regulate medical device development, testing, and use; hopefully beginning a trend that will permeate the rest of the region.