DVLA reportedly confirms approval of FreeStyle Libre for drivers with diabetes

Jack Woodfield
Fri, 11 Jan 2019
DVLA reportedly confirms approval of FreeStyle Libre for drivers with diabetes
Drivers with diabetes who use insulin will soon be able to use the FreeStyle Libre and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), according to the Diabetes Times.

The DVLA's Medical Advisory Panel had in June approved use of the technology, but concerns were reportedly raised from other organisations.

Dr Partha Kar, Associate National Clinical Director, Diabetes with NHS England and Diabetes Times Associate Editor, said on Twitter: "Some more good news for ‪#Technology &‪#T1D? Why not? Medical Advisory Panel ‪@DVLAgovUK overrules objections and approves ‪#Libre &‪#CGM for driving. NB: No change to existing guidelines till formal updates done. That is now around the corner -so a bit more patience ‪#gbdoc."

The decision would allow people with type 1 diabetes, or those who rely on insulin to control their type 2 diabetes, the opportunity to use the devices for glucose readings prior to driving or during breaks.

Diabetes Times reports that a DVLA announcement is expected be made once the decision has been formalised.

The FreeStyle Libre and CGM technologies were first approved by the DVLA in July, but unspecified organisations had reportedly made objections to the decision prior to Dr Kar's post announcing the final decision had been made.

Those who are affected by the decision must wait until the DVLA officially updates its guidelines.

The current DVLA guidelines state that people with type 2 diabetes, who rely on insulin and those with type 1 diabetes must check their blood glucose levels, using test strips, within two hours of starting to drive.

If blood glucose is 5.0 mmol/L or less the DVLA states that the driver should take carbohydrate before getting back behind the wheel. If it is less than 4.0 mmol/L then people are advised not to drive.

It is essential people with diabetes inform the agency of their medical condition. Failure to do so could lead to a £1,000 fine.
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