Postmarket Surveillance of Medical Devices

A Comparison of Strategies in the US, EU, Japan, and China

In a study published in PLOS Medicine and supported by Pew’s medical device initiative, researchers evaluated strategies for postmarket surveillance of medical devices in the United States, European Union, Japan, and China. Findings showed that each postmarket surveillance system shares many common elements, including reliance on passive adverse event collection for marketed devices, but vary widely with regard to evaluating the performance and safety of devices.

The research concludes that postmarket surveillance may be improved through greater transparency and scheduled reexamination of approved devices, among other ideas.

Read the full study

America’s Overdose Crisis
America’s Overdose Crisis

America’s Overdose Crisis

Sign up for our five-email course explaining the overdose crisis in America, the state of treatment access, and ways to improve care

Sign up
Quick View

America’s Overdose Crisis

Sign up for our five-email course explaining the overdose crisis in America, the state of treatment access, and ways to improve care

Sign up
Article

37 Scientists Pioneering the Future of Biomedical Research

Quick View
Article

Biomedical researchers are at the heart of nearly every medical advancement. From cutting-edge cancer treatments to breakthrough discoveries about emerging viruses, these scientists use creativity and ingenuity to explore new horizons in human health and medicine. And for nearly 40 years, The Pew Charitable Trusts has supported more than 1,000 early-career researchers committed to this work.

Composite image of modern city network communication concept

Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

Sign up for our four-week email course on Broadband Basics

Quick View

How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?