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Question for Department of Health

UIN 206795, tabled on 21 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to enable contact lenses that can monitor blood sugar level to be made available to diabetics on the NHS.

Answered on

4 September 2014

There are no smart contact lenses currently licensed for use in the United Kingdom for the monitoring of blood sugar level in people with diabetes. Before a marketing authorisation - or licence - can be granted for a medical device, an application needs to be made, supported by data demonstrating that its quality, safety and efficacy are satisfactory and that the risk to benefit profile is favourable for the proposed treatment.

However, we are very interested in the development of smart contact lens technology and whether, in the future, it may have potentially beneficial applications within the National Health Service for people with diabetes.