Blood Glucose Meter Quality

Every day, millions of Americans take appropriate measures to control their diabetes by watching what they eat, exercising and monitoring their blood glucose levels.

People with diabetes rely on self-monitoring blood glucose systems (SMBGs), which include small computerized meters and testing strips, to make critical decisions about how they treat their diabetes. Even though they are cleared by the FDA, recent studies suggest that more than half of the SMBG systems available in the United States (16 of 27) do not consistently meet standards post clearance.1

Unfortunately, many patients and caregivers are not aware of possible issues with the accuracy of SMBG tests and the potential impact on their health. Moreover, physicians and diabetes educators who recognize inaccurate blood glucose levels, often mistake the issue as patient error rather than faulty SMBG systems.

Read more about this issue in our backgrounder.



  1. Freckmann G, Baumstark A, Jendrike N, Zschornack E, Kocher S, Tshiananga J, Heister F, Haug, C. System accuracy evaluation of 27 blood glucose monitoring systems according to DIN EN ISO 15197. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2010;12(3):221-231





Did You Know?

The Center for Disease Control estimates that approximately 79 million American adults have pre-diabetes, and 7 million American adults are living with diabetes and don’t know it.2