The acupuncture needles are not considered as "experimental medical devices" even by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after reviewing the existing body of knowledge on it.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has one of the most stringent criteria for approval of any drug or medical device. The standard and quality of acupuncture needles is also regulated like other devices such as surgical scalpels and hypodermic syringes, under good manufacturing practices.
Most needles used for acupuncture are filiform or thread-like. Besides the filiform acupuncture needles, other specialized types of needles are also available:
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