Hip implant regulator. In most countries an independent regulator has responsibility for protecting public health.
This responsibility is usually very broad, and typically extends to include setting and overseeing adherence to minimum safety standards for many key elements of health care, including medical implants, and specifically hip replacement systems.
Prior to introducing a hip implant device to the market, manufacturers usually are required to satisfy the (country specific) medical device regulator that the device meets the prescribed minimum safety standards for the country in question.
In situations where there is emerging concern over the safety of a hip implant device or system following its introduction to the market, the hip implant regulator in each country will work closely with manufacturers and clinicians to assess the risk and decide the most appropriate course of action. Depending on the specific circumstances and risks, this may result in a product recall.
Included below are links to a small sample of regulator sites. Most countries will have their own regulator, so I have not attempted to create a comprehensive list.
The two regulators linked below provide very high quality information on most aspects of hip replacement including metal on metal implants and medical device recalls.
Please note : For the avoidance of doubt, Hip-Replacement-Recall-Help.com does not have any relationship with either of the Regulators listed below, nor have they endorsed this Site in any way.
US: Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
UK : National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
It is important that any patient with concerns about whether a particular hip implant has been recalled, sources information from the regulator in the country in which he lives.
A quick search online should generate the contact details for the appropriate regulator on a country by country basis.
Failing that, a call to the orthopaedic surgeon or hospital who provided the original hip replacement treatment should allow a patient to get the contact details of the appropriate hip implant regulator.
A fallback would be to contact your family doctor or a Citizens' Advice Bureau.
Remember: different standards apply to the protection of public health in different countries. You should always work by reference to the standards that apply in your own country and as appropriate to your own circumstances.