How accurate are Glucose Meters?

It is assumed that glucose meters are accurate if they are FDA cleared, but often that is not the case.

The FDA is currently reviewing and updating the guidelines for glucose meter accuracy.  The 2016 rules called for +/- 20% accuracy for most blood sugar ranges. Many diabetes advocacy groups appealed to the FDA to demand better accuracy since treatment decisions are based on these readings and can dramatically impact outcomes.

A research study by The Diabetes Technology Society Blood Glucose System Surveillance Program, found that in a recent analysis, only 6 of the top 18 glucose meters met the accuracy standards. They demonstrated this lack of consistent and accurate readings through extensive testing of the top meters at different sites (see partial chart below, click on chart for full table).

The new 2019 FDA drafted rules for personal use glucose meters will require:

  • 95% within +/- 15% across the measuring range
  • 99% within +/- 20% across the measuring range

This data and chart created by the Diabetes Technology Society outlines the accuracy of the most common meters. This published information will hopefully result in more accurate meters and better insurance coverage for meters that meet the standards.  This information is also critical to share with our diabetes participants and colleagues. Click here or on chart for full display

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