New French committee on advertising control:
This article was originally published in Clinica
A new committee has been named at the French Healthcare Products Safety Agency, AFSSAPS, which will control the advertising of healthcare products, including medical devices. Its role is to ban or restrict parts of adverts where there is no proof of claims made, or to insist that the advertisements contain warnings or state where there are restrictions of use. Advertisements that need reviewing mainly concern dieting methods, nicotine control and pain control devices.