According to the UK Medical Devices Regulations (MDR 2002), a medical device is described as...
"any instrument, apparatus, appliance, software, material or other article, whether used alone or in combination together with any accessories...intended to be used for human beings for the purpose of:
- Diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of disease.
- Diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, alleviation of or compensation for an injury or handicap.
- Investigation, replacement or modification of the anatomy or of a physiological process
- Control of conception."