Veterans Health Administration to 3D print medical devices

The Veterans Health Administration has entered into a contract with South Carolina-based 3D Systems to establish manufacturing facilities within their hospitals for the production of medical devices.  

3D Systems announced in a press release this week that the partnership will allow the VA network to streamline its supply chain and enhance personalized care for their patients.  

“Through this collaboration, 3D Systems will not only be installing 3D printers at the VHA sites, but we’ll also be helping them install a quality management system that includes the processes, documentation, and training required to be compliant as a medical device manufacturer,” said Ben Johnson, director product development, healthcare, at 3D Systems, in a statement.  

WHY IT MATTERS  

According to the company, 3D Systems will collaborate with the VA to design medical devices and usher them through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance process. At first, 3D Systems will manage the regulatory paperwork and development of a quality management system at VHA facilities. 

Eventually, however, the VHA will take over the process.  

“In a highly regulated environment like healthcare, the technology is only a small part of the solution,” said Johnson. Regulatory adherence, he said, is also vital.  

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