Former FDA Associate Commissioner Partners with Safe Repair Project

The pressing issue of right to repair has brought up important questions regarding how we balance accessibility and product innovation. But for the medical device space, it also brings up important questions around safety.

And who better to provide consumers with the information they need about the intersection between healthcare, technology, and safety than someone who oversaw the regulation of these devices.

Today, we are excited to share a significant milestone for the Safe Repair Project as we announce our partnership with Peter Pitts, the former Associate Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Drawing on his extensive experience, Mr. Pitts can help share important insights into the critical importance of exempting medical devices from sweeping right to repair policies that could potentially endanger patient safety.

“Lawmakers need to comprehend the risks associated with lumping medical devices into right to repair legislation, and I am eager to join the efforts of the Safe Repair Project,” said Pitts. “The FDA regulates these devices for a reason and allowing untrained and unregulated repairpersons to further infiltrate this market with little oversight would create a whole host of avoidable risks. We must continue to advocate for policies that include explicit carveouts for medical equipment so that patients can have peace of mind whenever they walk into the doctor’s office.”

Our partnership with Mr. Pitts will hopefully help drive home the need for prioritizing patient safety for lawmakers. His wealth of knowledge and experience will be invaluable as we continue to advocate for responsible repair practices that protect both patients and the functionality of life-saving devices.