UK Government Says Fever Cameras "Unsuitable"

By Charles Rollet, Published on Jul 01, 2020

The UK government's medical device regulator, MHRA, told IPVM that fever-seeking thermal cameras are "unsuitable for this purpose" and recommends "caution" buying such products, saying they are "unlikely" to be compliant with UK medical device requirements.

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Moreover, the MHRA made clear to IPVM that manufacturers and sellers cannot avoid this by simply calling them elevated temperature devices.

Despite this, manufacturers in the UK, such as Dahua, Hikvision, and Mobotix are actively taking part in the global Multi-Billion Dollar Fever Camera Gold Rush, touting these often inaccurate products for 'back-to-work' style applications.

In this post, we examine the regulator's comments, the UK's fever camera market, and more.

UPDATE: Shortly after the publication of this article, the MHRA released a strongly-worded warning against fever camera usage. See the last section of this article for more.

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************ *** ********** ******** Regulatory ****** (****)** *** **'* ******* device *********.

****** *** ***** *** ** ** the*** ** *********, *** **** *** not (** ****) ****** public ******** ** ***** cameras, ***** *** ** MHRA****** *********** ** **** ******* yet.

MHRA ******** ** ****: "**********", "*** * ******** ******", "****** *******"

**** ***** *** **** directly ******* **** ******** fever ******* ******* *******. The **** **** **** these ******* *** "******" to **** ***** ***** regulations *** *** "********** for **** *******":

******* ******* ***** **** with ****** ** ****** for *****-** ** ***** are ****** ** **** under *** ******* ****** regulations, *** *** ******** to **** *** ************ of *** *********** *** would ** ************. ** addition, **** ******** *** unsuitable *** **** ******* as **** ** *** a ******** ****** *** the ********* ** *****-** or *** ***** ******* illness.

*** **** ***** **** it ******* "*******" ** those "*********** **********" ***** products:

**** ***** ********* **** businesses *** ************* **************** ****** ** **** working ****** *****-**, *** ***** ****** caution **** *********** ********** thermal ******* *** *****-** diagnostic ** ********* ********.

MHRA ***** *********** ****** ********

*** **** **** **** it "*** **** ****** enforcement ******" ******* ***** making ****** "***** ********* or ***** *********" ****** if **** *** *** complying **** ******* ****** requirements:

*** **** *** **** formal *********** ****** ******* supplies/distributers ** ******* ******* with ****** ****** *** fever ********* ** ***** diagnosis ** ***** *** non-compliant **** *** ******* device ***********.

**** ***** **** ** video ************ ********* ** the**** ************ ********.

Applies ** ****/**** *********** ****** ***

**** ***** ************ ********* are ******* ***** ******* without ********** "*****" ** "COVID-19"; ******* ***** *** words "******** **** ***********" or "**** ***********" ****. Often, **** ** **** in ***** ** ***** these ******** *** *** medical *******.

*******, *** **** **** IPVM **** ********** ** the *******, *** ******** use ** **** ******* and * ******* ****** used *** ******** ****/**** temperature ********* ****** ** a "******* *******":

****** **** * ****** is ******** *** ********* for “******** ****/**** ***********” would ** ********** ** the **** ** ** claims ** ** ******** medical *******.

Many ********* ** "*****" *********

******* ****, **** ** the ** *** ********* fever ******* *** **** using *** **** "*****" directly ** ***** *********. For *******, ************ ********** ***** **** ***** Screening ******:

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******* ***** **** ****** use "*****" ** ***** marketing:

**** ****,**** ************ * ***** **** in ******** *** ******** its *********-***** ******** ***** "ensure **** ****** **** as *********** ** *** enter **** ********". ***** IPVM ******** **** ***** these ***** ****** *** MHRA ******, *** **** removed *** ********** ** this ******** *** ********* disavowed ****.

Touting **** ******* *** ***'* *** "*****"

******* ***** ************* *** touting '**** ** ****' marketing *** ******* *******, for *******, ******* ** and ******* ********* ****** ******* *** ******* a **** ****:

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****** *******, *******'* ******** owner, ***** "**** ***********" Mobotix ******* ****** *** ** *** website;*** *** ** *** UK ********** ******-***** ********** system:

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******* **** **** ** was "********* ******** ** multiple ****** ***********" ********* the ****:

** *** ********* ******** to ******** ****** *********** in *** ******* *** we **** **** **** we *** ** **** with ***** *********** *** also *** **** ********* they **** ******.

*********, ********* ** **** ********** ******** ************* *** "**** ** Business" **** ********* "*********** screening":

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************ *** *********** '*********** *********' ** the ***:

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***** ** **** ******** on *** ***** **** "*********** **********" ****** *******:

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*** *** "***** ******* **** *********** Monitoring ********":

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*** *******'* ** ******** ****, they *** ******************** ********* ** ****** on *********:

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***** *** ********* *** not ****** *** ******** for *******, ** **** do, ** **** ******.

UK ******* ******* ***** ********* ********

***** *** **** ** the **** ********* ******** of ***** ****** *** in *** **:

Marketing ***** ******* ** *** ** * ****, ******** ********

******* ***** ********* ******* in *** **, ********** of *** *******, ** a **** ***** *** MHRA *** ******** ****** it ** "******" ** consider ***** ******* ******* and **** ******** ** follow ******************** *** *** ************.******* ******* ********** ******* ** ****** may ****** ** *********** which "***** ***** * penalty ** ** ********* fine ***/** * ******’ imprisonment."

Impact ******* ****** **** ****** ****

** ** ****, ********** of **** ***** ****, given *** **** ****** margins ** ***** ********* systems ** ** ******** most ** ***** ********* from **** ***** **** start ** ****** ****** the **** ****** ** more ******** *** ******** implement *** ***** ** this ******* ******.

UPDATE: **** ********* ***** **** "***** *** ******'* ****** ** ****":

*** **** ***** **** article, ******* ********* * ***** release******* **** ******* ******* are "*** * ******** way ** ****** ** people **** *** *****".

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*** ***** ******* ** by *** *** ********* government ************ ******* ******* fever *******. ** ****** MHRA's ****** ************** **************** **** ******* ******* "could *** ******'* ****** at ****" ** **** "do *** ******* ** the ***** ********":

**** ******* ******* *** temperature ********* ******** **** originally ******** *** ***-******* purposes, **** ** *** building ** **** ********. Businesses *** ************* **** to **** **** ***** these ******** *** *********** screeningcould *** ******’* ****** ** ****.

***** ******** ****** **** be **** ** **** with *** ************’* ******** intended ***, *** *** to ****** ****** *** COVID-19 ********.They ** *** ******* ** *** ***** ******** to accurately support a medical diagnosis.

** *** ********* ****** selling ***** ******** *** to **** ****** ***** directly ****** ** *****-** diagnosis. ** **** **** to ******, ** **** take ****** *********** ******. [emphasis *****]

** **** ****** ** Health ******** **** ******* explicitly ******* ***** ******* "do *** ****":

** **** *** *********** begin ** ******, **’* important ********** ** *** rely ** *********** ********* tools *** ***** ********which ** *** ****. The best way to protect customers and minimise the risk of catching the virus is to always follow social distancing guidelines, wearing a face mask on public transport and enclosed public spaces, and regularly washing your hands. [emphasis added]

*** **** ****** ***** cameras/devices "******* **** *********** rather **** **** **** temperature":

*********** ******** **** *********** screening ******* **** ******* skin *********** ****** **** core **** ***********. ** either ****, ******* ************ in *********** *** ***** among ******* ***********. ***** readings *** ********* ** unreliable ******* *** ********* of *****-** ** ***** diseases ***** *** ***** fever.

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*** '***** ******' ** this ********* ** **********. It's *** ****** ** uninformed *********** *** *** 'exciting *** ****' *** provide **** ** ** uninformed ******.

**** *** ********* '**** rush' **** **** ***/** people **** ******** ** COVID-19 *** ***** ******* with *** ******** ****** scheduled *** **** ******** 2020, **** ******* ***'* go ****.

**** *** ******** * predict '*********** *********' **** become *** **** ** turnstiles ** ****** ********* and ********** *** ********** will ***** ** ******* it.

******* ***** ** **** of **** ********** ********** a ***** ***** ****** whether **** *** ************ to *** ******* ********** facial ******** ***** ** man...

****: *** ******* ***** indicate **** *** ******** of ******* ** **** of *** **, *** Republic ** ******* ***'* part ** *** ** and ***'* ******** ** the ****.

******! *****:

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*** **** ** ******-**** too. ***'* ** (**)********* to *** *** **** citizens ** *** ** fly ***** **** ******-****, presumably ***************.

#*, ****** *** **** first ******* *** *** apologies ** **** *******! It's *** *****, ****** below:

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***, *** ******,**** ** ** ************** ********:

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****** *** ****** *** correction. ** **** ** even **** ********* ** correctly *********** *** ******** of ******* ***** ******* as ******* *** ******** Ireland **** *** ** at *** *** ** this ****. ******* **** remain ** *** ** and ******** *** ** Data ******* *********** *** have **** ****** ****** as ******.

* *** **** ******** articles *** ********** ******** on **** ***** ********* that *** ***** ** wrong ***, ** *** large, * ***** **** these ********.

* ***** ***** **** be ** ***** *** or *** ********* ****** a *********** ******** ** how **** *** *********** the ********** ****** *** "EBT/EST" ******* *** * haven't **** *** ******** of **** ***...***** * missed **?

********* ****** * *********** approach

*** *******:***: '*****' ******* *** Medical *******

******, *** *** *** be ****** **** *********** providers ** * ******* many *** *** ******** this *****. ** *** major ***-**************************** *** **** ********* entrants * **** ** are *******, **** (*** gold ******** ** ***), Panasonic (*** ***) *** Avigilon. ** *** ** I ** ***** *****, Bosch, ****, ****** *** other ******* ****** **** are ******* ** ********* their *** ******* *** sitting **** *** ** far. * ******* **** are *** ******* ** tarnish ***** ***** ***** and ** **** *** release * ********* ******* that **** *** *********** cause ****** **** *** FDA, **** *** *********** integrators/distributors.

****** *** ***** ******* brands **** *** ******* of ********* ***** *** cameras *** ******* **** out

****, ****** *** ****** they *** ******** ** enter **** ****** ******* later **** ****, ****** their ********* *** ****** statements ** **** **** been *******. ** **** point, * ** ********** to *** *** **** position ***** ********.

********* **** ** ****'* part ** ******** **** fraud!

***** *** ******* ***** to **** ********** **** I **** ** *********** and ** ***** ******* and ******. **** * product *********** * ** neither ********** *** ** against *** *** ** thermal ********* *******. *******...

** ********/*********** ****** ** employ *** *** ** thermal ******* (** ***** of ***** ******** ************) to ******* ****** ********* or ******** ** * facility ** ** ****** to *********** ******** *********** that *********** **** ** elevated *********** *** **** identified *** ******** ** appropriate ********* ** ** a **** ******** *********; why *******'* ****?

***, *** ******* ****** be ******** ** * controlled *********** *** *********** medical ************ ***** ******** medical ******* ****** ** employed ***** *** ******* pre-screening ** *** ****** and ********'* ******* ****** should ** *********. *** use ** ******* ******* may ******** ********* ******. No, *** ******* *** not ***% ********. *******, seat ***** *** *** bags ****'* ***% ******** either, *** **** *** still **** ** ******* people's ******.

** *** ***** **** I **** ** ****** that ************ *** **** failed *** ****** **** and *****, *** ********* for ********** ***** ********* turf *** **** ******** conflicting *********** ***** *** beginning ** **** ******** believe **** ****** ** the ***** ******* ** how *********** *** ********** conduct **********. ** ** opinion **** *** ** more ****** **** *** systems **** *** "**********" us ****.

* **** ** *** would ********* ** ******* happy ** ** ** a *** ***** **** a *** ***** **** belts *** *** **** aren't ** ** ********* as ******* ** *** whose ***??

*********** ***********. ***, ** my ***** *** ** use *** **** ********* seat ***** *** ******* you *** **** ****** than *** ******* **** at *** ******* **** bureaucrat **** *** ***'* unless **** *** **.

***** ** * ****** that ** ***** **** when ****** *** ***********; "its ***** ****** *** government ****." **** ****** didn't ****** ******* ********** has *** ******* ********* and ****** **** ** right. * ***** **** across *** ***** **** reveal *** **** ***** and ******* ************* **** highly ********* ****. ** fact, **** ** ***** to ***********, *** ***** argue **** ***** ********** tend ** ** *** norm ****** **** *** exception.

******* ******* ******* *** a **** **** ***** be **** ** ****** potential ***** *** * more ******** ******* ********* by ************* ******* ********* with ******** ******* *******. Anyone ***** * **** should ** ******** ** their ****** *********** *** be ****** ***** ** their ***********.

** *** **********, ********* Reagan **** ** ****, "the ******** ***** ** the ******* ******** *** "I'm **** *** ********** and *'* **** ** help.' "

* ***** **** **/*** is ****** ** **** the ********** *********** ********, and *** ***, **** screwed ** **** ******** response ** *** *** wonders ** ***** ***** organizations ** ******* *** be ******* ** ******* any ********* ********* ** anything.

************, *** **** ** assumption **** **** ***** not ** **** ** it **** *** *** government *********. *** ******* is **** ************ ***** have **** ********** ** make ***** ******** **** due ** ****** ***** a *** ***** *** consumer ***** *** ** purchase * *** - and **** ** ***** lawsuits. ***** ************* *** safety ****** ******* (**) would **** ** ********. Consumers ***** ****** ***** own ***** ** ****** vs. **** **** ******** for * ***.

*** ******* - ***** things **** **** ** freedom. **** **** ** take ***** ******** **** from ****** *** **** the ****** **** *** them ** *** **********. The ***** **** **** you *** ***** * soft ***** *** *** have - ** ** not ** ** *** to ***** *** **** what ** **** *** yourself...

******: **** ******* *** been ***** ** *** own **********:*** ******* ** **** Manufactures ***** **** **** Incentives ** **** ***** Products **** *** ** Safety ***** * *** Thing *** ******** ***** For ** ******** * Car - *** **** To ***** ********.

***, *******, ***** ************* and ** ****** ******* that *** ******* *** certifications, ** *** **** my ***** ** ****. Equally, *** ********** ** the *** ******** ** their ******** *** **** propagated ******* ** *** US *** ******** *********** and ******'* *********** ** a ******** **** ****, but ****'* * ************ to ** *** **** a ******* **** ** a ******* ***** **** on **** ******* ********** somewhere...

* *****, *******, **** of ** ***** ***** that ** *** ****** to ******** **** **** of *********** ******** **** doesn't **** **************, **** you're ********* ****** * piece ** ******* **** lights. ** *** **** something ******, **** *** for *** ************** *** make ** ******** ******!

*** **** ******* *** fecal *************? ****** ******* I ** *** ****? However ** ******* **** a ****** **** ** it ******** *** ********* can ****** *******? **** about * ***** *** bag ** *** ****'* stool **** *** ***** all *******?

*** ****** ** ** gross, *** ****** ***** we ** *** ***** business **** **** ********* such ** ****-*-******.

***** *** ** ** some ***** ******* **** possibility, *********** *** ****.....**** is ******?

UPDATE: **** ********* ***** **** "***** *** ******'* ****** ** ****":

*** **** ***** **** article, ******* ********* * ***** release******* **** ******* ******* are "*** * ******** way ** ****** ** people **** *** *****":

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*** ***** ******* ** by *** *** ********* government ************ ******* ******* fever ****** *** **** has ****. ** ****** MHRA's ****** ************** **************** **** ******* ******* "could *** ******'* ****** at ****" ** **** "do *** ******* ** the ***** ********":

**** ******* ******* *** temperature ********* ******** **** originally ******** *** ***-******* purposes, **** ** *** building ** **** ********. Businesses *** ************* **** to **** **** ***** these ******** *** *********** screeningcould *** ******’* ****** ** ****.

***** ******** ****** **** be **** ** **** with *** ************’* ******** intended ***, *** *** to ****** ****** *** COVID-19 ********.They ** *** ******* ** *** ***** ********** ********** ******* * medical *********.

** *** ********* ****** selling ***** ******** *** to **** ****** ***** directly ****** ** *****-** diagnosis. ** **** **** to ******, ** **** take ****** *********** ******. [emphasis *****]

** **** ******** ****** ******** **** Bethell********** ******* ***** ******* "do *** ****":

** **** *** *********** begin ** ******, **’* important ********** ** *** rely ** *********** ********* tools *** ***** ********which ** *** ****.*** **** *** ** protect ********* *** ******** the **** ** ******** the ***** ** ** always ****** ****** ********** guidelines, ******* * **** mask ** ****** ********* and ******** ****** ******, and ********* ******* **** hands. [******** *****]

*** **** ****** ***** cameras/devices "******* **** *********** rather **** **** **** temperature":

*********** ******** **** *********** screening ******* **** ******* skin *********** ****** **** core **** ***********. ** either ****, ******* ************ in *********** *** ***** among ******* ***********. ***** readings *** ********* ** unreliable ******* *** ********* of *****-** ** ***** diseases ***** *** ***** fever.

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