Government shutdown halts FCC's wireless med tech certification

The consequences of this month's government shutdown continue to trickle outward, and the medical device industry is starting to feel the pressure. Following the Federal Communications Commission's 98% staff furloughs, the agency has halted its certification of devices that emit radio waves, including smartphones and computers--as well as wireless medical devices, according to a Bloomberg report. During the shutdown, the FCC will not be approving any such equipment, causing devicemakers with wireless products in the pipeline to sit and wait for the issue to be sorted out. Consumer tech giants like Apple ($AAPL) and Google ($GOOG) are likely to feel the crunch first, but it may not be long until med tech companies find themselves in the trenches, too. More

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