Synopsis report of the public consultation on the safety of apps and other non-embedded software
The public consultation on the safety of applications for mobile devices ("apps") and other non-embedded software was launched in June 2016 as a result of the public consultation on the Green Paper on mHealth in 2014. The latter showed the need to have a special focus on safety aspects of mHealth apps.
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This consultation gathered input from various stakeholder groups (78 replies) in particular citizens, industry and public authorities, on their experience related to the safety of apps and other non-embedded software.
According to the respondents, the main category of apps that could pose safety risks are health and wellbeing apps: apps that give health advice, apps upon which a consumer is taking a health or lifestyle-related decision, apps that track and collect data from the user to assess and monitor health-related metrics or apps that interface with electronic health records.