Malfunctions at the University Hospitals Fertility Center near Cleveland and the Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco a year ago affected thousands of patients, according to an article on the NBC News website.
In the year since the malfunctions, there have been some changes and improvements at fertility facilities. Extra precautions have been established at some facilities, including new inspection safeguards, backup tanks and updated monitoring systems, the article said.
But there is no single government agency empowered to address mistakes or malfunctions. They are subjected to oversight by a wide range of authorities.
Some agencies and organizations monitor and collect data. But the devices used for the long-term storage are not subject to consistent oversight or regulation.
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