Jan. 29, 2011 - NYTimes article describing the divide between those who want to see ECT machines remain in the high-risk category for medical devices, and those who want it re-classified as category two - low risk.
Alliance for Human Research Protection in U.S. addresses the FDA's subsequent decision and recommendation that "Electroshock machines should remain in Class III--FDA's highest risk category for medical devices--and recommended that ECT machines undergo rigorous safety tests".
Dr. Peter Breggin supports this decision. He says: "Psychiatric reform moves ahead a step at a time, falters, and hopefully moves ahead again. The classification of ECT into Category III for most conditions, which at this point is only a recommendation, is a step forward and a somewhat positive sign to those of us who have called for this for decades. We hope the FDA will uphold its obligation to the public to thoroughly test such a dangerous device for safety and efficacy."