#WeAreNotWaiting DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems and Challenges for the Law

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  • Authors:
  • Rachael Dickson
  • Jessica Bell
  • Amber Dar
  • Victoria Moore
  • Muireann Quigley

Abstract

Commercial hybrid closed-loop systems are becoming more readily available, yet the number of DIY artificial pancreas system (DIY APS) users continues to rise. These DIY systems have not gone through the usual regulatory approvals processes, and, thus, present a number of legal difficulties for a number of actors, including clinicians, parents who build DIY APS for their children, and users themselves. These issues have so far received insufficient attention. Due to the complex constellation of actors involved in both development of DIY APSs and in its deployment, it is not currently clear who, and to what extent, different parties might (successfully) be held liable if something goes wrong. Despite this uncertainty, unless and until clearer guidance is issued by relevant bodies, or a case appears before the courts which clarify the situation, existing legal principles apply. In this article, we examine some of these to shed light on how the law would likely be applied if harm were to result from the use of a DIY APS.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere14715
JournalDiabetic Medicine
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2021