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FDA Signs Memorandum, Issues Guidance on 3D-Printed Gear to Fight Pandemic


Health officials said federal agencies are working to spur regulatory and scientific innovation around 3D printing in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDAsaid on March 26 that it entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“This MOU provides a framework for collaboration intended to facilitate regulatory and basic science innovation with 3D printing technologies to respond to COVID-19,” the FDA said in a release.

The aim of the initiative is to bring together patients and healthcare providers, local manufacturers with capabilities, and designs for needed medical products amid the outbreak.

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An academic at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul makes protective masks using 3D printing technology in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on March 26, 2020. (Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)


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