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Special Treatment? Flexibilities in the Politics of Regenerative Medicine’s Gatekeeping Regimes in the UK (2019)


Emerging flexibilities are apparent in gatekeeping regimes applicable to regenerative medicine products, raising issues about the extent to which and forms in which such flexibilities might promote emerging products as a sector warranting special treatment, in the context of recent policy developments in the UK and wider European Union. Concepts of ‘gatekeeping’, ‘gatekeeping regimes’ and ‘gateways’ can point to the ways in which regulatory institutions, health technology assessment organisations, and national planners and purchasers of health services together define and control entry to the medical product marketplace and the adoption of products into the public health-care system. Flexibilities in existing regimes and new gateways are a way of maintaining ‘connection’ between gatekeeping regimes and technoscientific innovation in order to steer innovation pathways. The gateways concept has affinity with that of Callon’s ‘obligatory passage points’. A wide set of recent policy documents show that the measures promoted exhibit a range of alternative gateways that are being constructed around central, legal, restrictive gatekeeping regimes. However, it would be easy to overestimate the significance of these developments as relaxations that would favour innovative producers and their products on a large scale with wide public health impacts. The concepts of gatekeeping regimes and gateways enable understanding of hybrid developments of exceptions and exemptions to dominant regimes which bridge across the arenas of market regulation, health technology assessment and health-care system planning. These arenas are being drawn closer together as a means of politically managing stakeholders’ aims in the UK, EU and other innovating biomedical health systems globally.

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Authors & Contributors
Gardner, John
Vig, Norman J.
Faure, Michael G.
König, Ariane
Rose, Nikolas S.
Johnston, Ronald J.
Science, Technology and Human Values
Social Studies of Science
Science as Culture
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity
Physis: Rivista Intemazionale di Storia della Scienza
MIT Press
Princeton University Press
Boydell Press
Medicine, regenerative
Medicine and politics
Science and politics
Technoscience; science and technology studies
Medicine and industry
European Union
Great Britain
United Kingdom
United States
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
Early modern

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