UK regulators and agencies are partnering to develop a "Multi-Agency Advisory Service for AI and data-driven technology". The project aims to provide a one-stop shop for guidance on regulation, evaluation and adoption of AI solutions. The project will be overseen and funded by NHSX, which sets the strategy for the NHS' digital transformation. NHSX will work with various national bodies (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the Health Research Authority (HRA) the and Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)) to ensure new innovations meet high standards regarding safety, effectiveness and data governance (with Marilyn Acquah).
We've set out our top 3 takeaways on the advisory service below:
- What's the purpose? The project will support the adoption of artificial intelligence in health and care by providing holistic information and guidance on the legal and ethical use of data, regulation and health technology assessment. Regulation of artificial intelligence in health and care is fragmented and complex, but this project may help to streamline the regulatory pathway for innovators.
- Who is it aimed at? The project is expected to benefit: (a) developers of AI and data-driven technologies for use in health and social care; and (b) adopters of AI and data-driven technologies. These players will benefit from the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the tools needed to efficiently adopt and deploy AI and data-driven technologies, as well as their understanding of the regulatory landscape.
- What's next? The actual scope of the service is yet to be fully determined, and the parties involved are inviting stakeholders to participate in user research with a view to informing its scope. To contribute to this consultation, please click here.
The project will also help make clear the regulatory pathway for safely scaling technologies. It seeks to streamline and accelerate what is currently a complex and fragmented regulatory pathway for developers, making it clearer, navigable and robust, whilst maintaining high patient safety standards.