The Breast Blog: Breast Implant Registery Legislation
This may be the start of something big!
Ontario To Consider Establishing Breast Implant Registry
Legislature Set To Debate Proposal To Create Registry Next Week
WHAT: Ontario may become the first jurisdiction in Canada to create a breast implant registry to monitor how safe implants are, and to alert women about risks that they may pose to their health, when its provincial parliament debates legislation tabled by the NDP's Marilyn Churley next week.
WHY: Leading authorities on women's health have been calling for the creation of a breast implant registry for over a decade. Despite repeated problems associated with implants, and the body of research suggesting possible links between implants and different health problems, there is still no adequate infrastructure to monitor, and respond to these safety concerns around implants.
With the possibility that silicone gel implants may be reintroduced in Canada, the urgency for a registry is even more heightened. A moratorium was placed on silicone gel implants in 1992 by Health Canada, which is currently contemplating allowing them back on the market, despite women's health experts pointing out such a decision would be made in the absence of adequate long-term research evaluating their safety.
WHO: Tomorrow's panel will include Joyce Attis, President/Spokesperson for Breast Implant Line of Canada; Madeline Boscoe, Executive Director, Canadian Women's Health Network; Marilyn Churley, MPP for Toronto-Danforth and NDP Women's Issues Critic; and Anne Rochon Ford, Coordinator, Women and Health Protection.
WHEN Friday, May 6, 2005; 1 -1:30 pm
WHERE: Queen's Park Media Studio
Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Toronto, ON
EVENT DAY CONTACT: Jasmyn Singh, 416-325-3250