Measuring body temperature is an essential part of monitoring our state of health. With a good quality infra-red thermometer, this operation is quick and efficient. Here are 5 +1 aspects to assess when choosing a good one.
1. CE certification
Thermometers for measuring body temperature are class IIa medical devices. It is therefore essential to check for the CE mark before purchasing the thermometer. This mark must always be followed by a number that identifies the certifying agency.
A thermometer that does not have this mark can be used to measure ambient temperature, but it is not suitable for measuring body temperature.
The label must clearly show the manufacturer’s information and, in the case of a non-European manufacturer, allow the country of manufacture to be clearly identified. In the case of a Chinese manufacturer, for example, the EC REP symbol will also be present, followed by the information of the agent established in the European Union.
3. The user manual
A medical device must be accompanied by a user manual in Italian in order to be sold on the Italian market.
4. Measurement range
A good thermometer must have a measurement range at least from 32°C to 43°C. Check for this feature in the user manual.
5. Accuracy of measurement
The reliability of a thermometer depends on its precision. When purchasing, check that the guaranteed degree of accuracy is lower than or equal to 0.3°C.
If you have purchased a thermometer and want to check whether it is effectively a medical device, we suggest contacting your supplier and requesting the sequential registration number at the Ministry of Health.
If this confirms that the thermometer you have purchased does not meet the legal requirements for sale as a medical device, we recommend returning it and reporting the fact to the competent law enforcement authorities.