Israel has banned the use of 3D printers in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.
In a decision published on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry for Public Health ordered the use only of digital 3D printer technology and its products, in accordance with new regulations.
The move is the latest step by the government in a battle to rein in the proliferation of 3DS printers, which are increasingly used for medical purposes.
In 2014, Israel banned the manufacture of 3DP printers, citing concerns about safety, health and the environment.
Israel’s ban applies to 3D-printed medical equipment, but the move did not apply to medical implants.
The ban also did not include 3D medical software, but it did allow the use and sale of medical software that had been modified by third parties.
The Ministry of Public Health did not provide a timeline for its next step in its ban on 3D printable medical equipment.
In 2016, the government also banned the purchase of 3DC printers and other 3D printed products, saying they could lead to infections.