FDA Warns of Potential Effects of Magnets in Cell Phones and Smartwatches

Source: https://incompliancemag.com/fda-warns-of-potential-effects-of-magnets-in-cell-phones-and-smartwatches?utm_campaign=The%20World%20in%20Compliance&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=128420079&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-87ilfIiLLrRic__-uVvcdah6XYZ9g89kQdSxexrUoHz3XMXuO7_wxtF4IdLLu-

Date: 16-06-2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers with embedded pacemakers and other implanted medical devices to take precautions when using consumer electronics with integrated magnets.

In an updated advisory posted to its website in mid-May, the FDA quotes recent studies that have shown the consumer electronics with high field strength magnets, such as some cell phone and smartwatch models, may cause certain implantable medical devices to accidentally switch into “magnet mode.” Magnet mode is a medical device safety feature that is typically activated during certain medical procedures and temporarily suspends normal device operations.