ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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SOUTH AFRICA-Two Countries Still

the safety guidelines for X-ray use and operation, in place for decades, are hardly followed in the thousands of X-ray 'shops' because there is nobody monitoring its use nor penalising misuse. The certification of medical equipment by the manufacturers or even by an equipment certification authority (like the Indian Standards Institution) is not sufficient in the case of medical hardware. There is an urgent need for a comprehensive certification authority for the use of technology in medicine. This is a complicated task, but it needs to be undertaken if the increasing misuse of equipment is to be controlled.

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