National breast implant registry much needed but long overdue, patients and doctors say – CBC

Federal committee studying feasibility of database that advocates argue will protect public safety

Apr 26, 2023

Patients and doctors are applauding the news that Canada might eventually have a national registry for breast implants, describing it as a big step for public safety, but say it should have happened long ago.

During a meeting on Tuesday, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health heard submissions for a study examining the feasibility of creating a nationwide registry. The news follows years of advocacy by women who’ve been harmed and joint investigations from CBC, Radio-Canada and the Toronto Star into the potential dangers of the implants, which can include cancer and autoimmune disorders.

Julie Elliott, the Canadian representative for the Breast Implant Safety Alliance and spokesperson for the Breast Implant Failure and Illness Society of Canada, said a registry that includes data on all implants in this country is long overdue.

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