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Medical devices

Updated 12 December 2013

Medical devices are products which are used for the diagnosis, prevention, easement or treatment of a disease, disability, injury etc.

Unlike medicines, the principal intended action of medical devices is not achieved by pharmacological, metabolic or immunological means.

Medical devices cover a wide range of products, from band aids and wheelchairs to pacemakers and artificial knees.

The Danish Health and Medicines Authority supervises the safety of medical devices. Unlike medicines, medical devices do not have to be authorised by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority before they are put on the market.