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Volume: 4 Issue: 9
(September 2017)

report working group mhealth assessment guidelines questions answers february 2016 european commission appointed working group draft mhealth app assessment

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Report of the Working Group on the mHealth assessment guidelines: more questions than answers?

In February 2016, the European Commission appointed a Working Group to draft mHealth app assessment guidelines (the ‘mHealth Guidelines’) with the objective of streamlining app assessment processes across Europe and encouraging reliable, compliant uptake of mobile health apps for use in healthcare. On 9 June 2017, a Report of the Working Group on mHealth assessment guidelines1 (the ‘Report’) was published, stating that it was ‘impossible to achieve and endorse any guidelines.’ Jackie Mulryne and Bonnie Clemence, of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, consider what has been learnt about the development of the mHealth Guidelines in light of the Report and the impact that the lack of mHealth Guidelines coming out of the Working Group will have on app developers and healthcare providers.

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