FDA Plans to Take a Hands Off Approach to Apple Watch

FDA Plans to Take a Hands Off Approach to Apple WatchWith Apple Watch set to launch on April 24th, questions have swirled around how the FDA might intervene to somehow regulate the first-ever wearable released by Apple.

But this week, the FDA is making their position on the matter very clear. They want very little, if anything, to do with putting up regulatory hurdles for Apple Watch.

“We are taking a very light touch, an almost hands-off approach,” Bakul Patel, the FDA’s associate director for digital health, is quoted by Bloomberg. “If you have technology that’s going to motivate a person to stay healthy, that’s not something we want to be engaged in.”

Although the FDA has no made no secret of its attempts to crack down on the creators of mobile technologies and apps that are promoted as being capable of treating or even curing various medical conditions, such concerns obviously do not arise with Apple Watch.

Established as a mobile communications device with health and wellness properties and features, Apple is making no outrageous medical claims. And for that reason, the FDA is taking a very hands-off approach to Apple Watch.

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