Defect Investigation for the Welsh NHS

SMTL is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) to provide testing and technical services on medical devices (mainly disposable devices) for the NHS in Wales. As part of this service, SMTL acts as the reporting centre for the Welsh NHS, as recognised in the latest Welsh NHS notice MDA/2004/054 (Wales).

Reporting Forms

Please download the current reporting form for defects (Word Doc) within the Welsh NHS.  We also have a PDF version.

  • A list of the types of devices which SMTL usually investigates is available here.
  • Information on what happens after you report a defective device/incident is available here.
  • If you are unsure whether you should report an incident, please contact SMTL as detailed below.

How do I send the device to SMTL ?

SMTL have produced a document Postage of contaminated medical devices which evaluates the various options open to Welsh NHS staff when they have a defective device they wish to send to SMTL.

Contact Details

The Defects Section
Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL)
Princess of Wales Hospital
Coity Road
Bridgend CF31 1RQ
Tel: 01656 752820
Fax: 01656 752830

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