The agency has published a draft guidance note that, as yet, isn't legally binding and requests opinions from the public. As far as it's concerned, "general wellness devices," i.e. watches that vaguely encourage people to get fitter, aren't any sort of risk to the public. This means that your Fitbit is okay to tell you to go for a walk, your Aura can coach your sleeping and Lumosity can pretend to make you smarter without any worries. Mostly the FDA is concerned with risk, and there isn't much risk if your smartphone tells you to lay off the burgers one every now and again.

    If, however, the device begins to make specific claims about its uses, it's another story all together. If you see a product that promises to treat your obesity, autism, muscle dystrophy or erectile dysfunction -- plus anything that's physically invasive or prosthetic -- then the gear will have to jump through the FDA's numerous hoops.


It makes sense. Everything that claims a medicinal use can and should be subject to scientific scrutiny.

posted by thundara: 1428 days ago